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Owners, Trainers and Stable Staff

We continue to comply with both governmental and industry regulations in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and maintain a range of measures across our operations to best protect all our patrons.

The on-course experience for all stakeholders has changed, significantly so in some areas of our business, however we endeavour to ensure we deliver the best experience possible.

Self-isolations restrictions is now arrive with a negative PCR and self-isolate for 5 day and on day 5 get retested then on production of another negative test (results take 24-48 hours) they will be able to attend.


Céad míle fáilte, we are delighted to be able to welcome owners back you have been missed at The Curragh Racecourse. Our main objective is to make sure that everyone enjoys their day and stays safe.

We appreciate the ongoing support from owners and hope you enjoy your day back at The Curragh Racecourse.

Below you will find information to help you plan your day.

Before You Arrive

Complete the IHRB screening process online, the day BEFORE attending the racecourse. The deadline for this is 11pm the day before plan to come racing. Any questions on this please contact https://www.racehorseownership.ie/BCD/


Owners and Trainers please park in the Main Car Park (Car Park A)  

Entry Process

On arrival at the Main entrance all racegoers will be required to:

  • Present a valid A.I.R card for scanning & receive a food voucher.
  • Undergo a temperature check.
  • Scan your IHRB barcode
  • Security check of bags
  • Issued with wristband, owners and trainers badge.


Welcome Back

A member of The Curragh Racecourse team will be on hand to welcome owners back to the track and will answer any questions you may have.

Face Masks

Face Masks must be worn at all times while on the racecourse unless eating or drinking. Please make sure you bring a mask with you. You MUST be seated to consume alcoholic drinks. We advise having a second mask with you as a precaution.


Parade Ring

With attendance at 500 per race meeting, the area around the parade ring and race course will be open to all members of the public. On test events where there is a larger attendance, this may change to seperate industry and general public. 

One owner per horse will be allowed into the parade ring before each race and winning owners will be able to go back in after each race. 


Food and Beverages

All owners will be provided with one complementary food voucher per person. Vouchers may be redeemed for a choice of hot dishes and a dessert on a walk-through service from Orby’s close to the main entrance.

Tea and coffee will be complimentary as well. Under Covid -19 regulations all food and beverages must be consumed while seated outside.


Unfortunately, due to the challenges presented by the table service procedure, alcoholic drinks menus will be limited to wine, prosecco, champagne, and bottled beer. Table service may cause delays and we ask for your patience and understanding of this mandatory rule. Beverages will be served from the Queens Room beside Orby’s.

Bathroom Facilities

There will be bathroom facilities available in Orby’s as well as additional toilets located around the parade ring. 

Accessible toilets are also available around the racecourse.


If you have any queries before racing please contact the office for more information can be found at https://www.curragh.ie/back-to-racing and https://www.racehorseownership.ie/BCD/

Any overseas owners must enter the country on a negative PCR test and self-isolate for 5 days and take another PCR test with a negative result to be able to enter the racecourse.  This also includes Irish Owners who are returning from abroad.  The IHRB medical questionnaire must be filled out 24 hours before the race (each day if you have a runner more than 1 day)

All winning owners will receive a memento, photograph and recording of the race from The Curragh and race sponsor.



All trainers must register to attend with the races by logging onto  http://www.ihrb.ie/health-screening and follow instructions.


Situated in Main Carpark  which is within close proximity of the entrance and screening area.

Overseas based runners

We very much welcome to the prospect of having overseas trained runners compete during our 2021 season.

Due to the ongoing Covid 19 crisis, the current Irish Government’s protocols state that all people including trainers and their staff visiting Ireland must come in on a negative test  and self restrict. They would need to get a test on day 5 if fully vaccinated and if not fully vaccinated test on day 10 also before being allowed to move freely

The best option in the current circumstances is to send your horse to Ireland to be looked after by an Irish based trainer based at the Curragh.  We have a list of a number of trainers who are willing to accommodate overseas trained horses. The Curragh will cover all relevant costs. Please contact Ciara Doyle or Evan Arkwright for details.

If you require a stable for a companion horse, please let us know as soon as possible as stables are allocated at time of declarations.  If available we will facilitate this.




All members of stable staff attending the races must register to attend with the races by logging onto  http://www.ihrb.ie/health-screening and following instructions.

All races offer a prize awarded to the groom who looks after the horse judged to be best turned out.  In many races, the grooms in charge of the winning horse will also receive a prize.

The Curragh and TRM also provide additional prizes to the winning groom of the Best Turned Out prize for every race at the Curragh and each winner will receive free entry into an end of season draw.

Our Stable Staff canteen is closed due to current Covid 10 protocols, but all stable staff are entitled to a complimentary lunch bag generously sponsored by Moyglare Stud


Please click on the following link to see full race conditions of our major Stakes races in 2021.

Race closings


There are 135 stables available on race days and are allocated on race mornings. There is a choice of paper or shavings bedding (straw is no longer available). Please contact Ciara Doyle +35345441205 or email [email protected] 


Contact the racecourse office +35345441205. Going reports are published on the website homepage and on our Twitter @curraghrace.


Ciara Doyle, Racing Executive or Evan Arkwright, Racing Manager for all matters relating to owners, trainers, stable staff and race conditions. Tel +35345441205 or email [email protected] 


Horse Racing Ireland +35345455455 (entries, declarations, forfeits, supplementary etc)

Irish Regulatory Horse Racing Board +35345445600 (integrity services, licensing)


Irish Racing



A warm welcome awaits all Owners and Trainers. The Curragh team will do all they can to ensure owners and trainers have a memorable race day experience.

Meet trainers Paddy Twomey, Tracey Collins and Terence O’Brien as they chat about their different training styles and behind the scenes of racing with Dave Keena

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