In addition to the Racecourse, the Curragh is also home to probably the finest training facility in the World. Training Grounds contains 80 miles of gallops over 1,500 acre and provides the trainers the best possible facilities to prepare their horses. The name "Curragh" comes from the Irish word Cuirreach, meaning "place of the running horse" and has been the heartbeat of Irish racing for generations. The natural turf gallops which have been nurtured for centuries in a unique environment are complemented by a range of artificial surfaces which can be used for all types of work during all seasons. The Curragh has a selection of gallops to meet every requirement.
Thanks to the generous support of Eva Maria Bucher-Haefner, a major refurbishment project completed in 2020. The range of gallops provides trainers with great scope to tailor each horse’s work to suit their individual needs, with gallops varying in length, gradient and surface. To ensure that National Hunt trainers are well catered for, the training grounds have an all-weather schooling strip as well as extensive schooling options over both hurdles and fences on grass.
The Curragh Training Grounds are maintained and operated 365 days a year by a skilled and dedicated team providing trainers with continuity and peace of mind even during extreme weather conditions.
It is no wonder given the quality of the facilities that Curragh trained horses have won all the top flat races in the World. In addition, the national hunt trainers have had great success winning numerous Grade 1 races both in Ireland and at the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals.
When it comes to training horses, there is no better place to be than on the Curragh where the facilities are without a doubt, the best in the World. The Curragh is home to over fifty trainers who have based themselves in proximity to the gallops and make sure that their horses have the benefit of these excellent facilities. If you would like to have your horse trained on the Curragh Training Grounds, please contact one of the trainers in our Trainers Section.