Track Talk | The Curragh Racecourse
Track Talk

Track Talk

The Curragh Racecourse has a right-handed horseshoe-shaped course over two miles with no sharp bends, with an adjoining chute feeding into the home straight which stages races of up to a mile. It has a straight three furlong run-in with an uphill finish and is regarded as one of the best and fairest racecourses in the world.

There are starts at five furlongs, six furlongs, six furlongs 63 yards, seven furlongs and a mile on the straight course. The five and six furlongs are run on the straight course. The position of the 2m, 1m6f and 1m4f starts are dependent on which course is in use: Derby (inner horsehoe) or Plate (outer).



  • Five Furlongs (1,000 metres) - Flying Post - GAIN First Flier Stakes, Paddy Power Rockingham Handicap, Paddy Power Sapphire Stakes, Flying Five Stakes
  • Six furlongs (1,200 metres)  - Three Quarter Mile Post - Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes & GAIN Marble Hill Stakes, Ballyogan Stakes, GAIN Railway Stakes, Keeneland Phoenix Stakes & Rathasker Stud Phoenix Sprint Stakes, Heider Family Stables Round Tower Stakes, Renaissance Stakes
  • Six furlongs 63 yards (1,250 metres) - Anlglesey Post - Paddy Power Scurry, Airlie Stud Stakes, Jebel Ali Raceourse and Stables Anglesey Stakes
  • Seven furlongs - (1,400 metres) - Rathbide Post - TRI Equestrian Gladness Stakes, Romanised Minstrel Stakes, Alpha Centauri Debutante Stakes & Galileo Futurity Stakes, Moyglare Stud Stakes & Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes, Weld Park Stakes
  • One mile (1,600 metres)  - Guineas Post - Paddy Power Irish Lincolnshire, Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas & Lanwades Stud Stakes, Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas, Flame of Tara Stakes & Paddy Power Irish Cambridgeshire
  • One mile (1,600 metres) - New Mile Post  - Dubai Duty Free Celebration Stakes, Alan Smurfit Memorial Beresford Stakes, Staffordstown Stud Stakes
  • One mile and 1 furlong - Kilboy Estate Stakes, The Snow Fairy Stakes
  • One mile and 2 furlongs (2,000 metres)  - Waterford Post - Holden Plant Rental Alleged Stakes, Heider Family Stables Gallinule Stakes, Alwasmiyah Pretty Polly Stakes, Fitzdares Royal Whip Stakes, Moyglare Jewels Blandford Stakes
  • One mile and 2 furlongs 110 yards (2,100 metres) - Gold Cup Post - Coolmore Stud Sottass Mooresbridge Stakes, Tattersalls Gold Cup, A.R.M. Holding International Stakes
  • One mile and 4 furlongs (2,400 metres) - Howth Post - Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, Juddmonte Irish Oaks, Kildare Village Ladies Derby
  • One mile and 6 furlongs (1,800 metres) - Comer Group International Curragh Cup, Comer Group International Irish St. Leger Trial, Comer Group International Irish St. Leger
  • Two miles (3,200 metres)  - The Comer Group International Loughbrown Stakes, Paddy Power Cesarewitch