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).

New videos coming soon from former jockey and television presenter Fran Berry discussing the various points of interest and his view from the sadlle.

  • Five Furlongs (1,000 metres) - Flying Post - GAIN First Flier Stakes (3rd May), Paddy Power Rockingham Handicap (Sunday 27th June), Paddy Power Sapphire Stakes (17th July), Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes (Sunday 12th September)
  • Six furlongs (1,200 metres)  - Three Quarter Mile Post - Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes & GAIN Marble Hill Stakes (Saturday 22nd May), Ballyogan Stakes (Wednesday 2nd June), GAIN Railway Stakes (26th June), Keeneland Phoenix Stakes & Rathasker Stud Phoenix Sprint Stakes (8th August), Heider Family Stables Round Tower Stakes (Friday 27th August), Renaissance Stakes (Saturday 25th September)
  • Six furlongs 63 yards (1,250 metres) - Anlglesey Post - Paddy Power Scurry (Saturday 17th July), Airlie Stud Stakes (Sunday 27th June), Jebel Ali Raceourse and Stables Anglesey Stakes (Saturday 17th July)
  • Seven furlongs - (1,400 metres) - Rathbide Post - TRI Equestrian Gladness Stakes (Saturday 17th April), Romanised Minstrel Stakes (Sunday 18th July), Alpha Centauri Debutante Stakes & Galileo Futurity Stakes (Saturday 21st August), Moyglare Stud Stakes & Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes (Sunday 12th September), Weld Park Stakes (Sunday 26th September)
  • One mile (1,600 metres)  - Guineas Post - Paddy Power Irish Lincolnshire (Sunday 21st March), Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas & Lanwades Stud Stakes (Saturday 22nd May), Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas (Sunday 23rd May), Flame of Tara Stakes & Paddy Power Irish Cambridgeshire (Friday 27th August)
  • One mile (1,600 metres) - New Mile Post  - Dubai Duty Free Celebration Stakes (Saturday 26th June), Alan Smurfit Memorial Beresford Stakes (Saturday 25th September), Staffordstown Stud Stakes (Sunday 10th October)
  • One mile and 1 furlong - Kilboy Estate Stakes (Sunday 18th July), The Snow Fairy Stakes (Friday 27th August)
  • One mile and 2 furlongs (2,000 metres)  - Waterford Post - Holden Plant Rental Alleged Stakes (Saturday 17th April), Heider Family Stables Gallinule Stakes (Sunday 23rd May), Alwasmiyah Pretty Polly Stakes (Sunday 27th June), Fitzdares Royal Whip Stakes (Friday 13th August), Moyglare Jewels Blandford Stakes (Sunday 12th September)
  • One mile and 2 furlongs 110 yards (2,100 metres) - Gold Cup Post - Coolmore Stud Sottass Mooresbridge Stakes (Monday 3rd May), Tattersalls Gold Cup (Sunday 23rd May), A.R.M. Holding International Stakes (Saturday 26th June)
  • One mile and 4 furlongs (2,400 metres) - Howth Post - Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Saturday 26th June), Juddmonte Irish Oaks (Saturday 17th July), Kildare Village Ladies Derby (Sunday 18th July), 
  • One mile and 6 furlongs (1,800 metres) - Comer Group International Curragh Cup (Sunday 27th June), Comer Group International Irish St. Leger Trial (Friday 13th August), Comer Group International Irish St. Leger (Sunday 12th September)
  • Two miles (3,200 metres)  - The Comer Group International Loughbrown Stakes (Sunday 26th September), Paddy Power Cesarewitch (Sunday 10th October)