The Curragh Racecourse Tips & Betting Predictions

Situated deep in the heart of County Kildare, the Curragh racecourse is one of the oldest, and most important sporting venues in the whole of Ireland. 

While venues like Leopardstown and Punchestown stage both flat and jumps racing, the Curragh specialises in flat racing, and hosts the majority of Ireland’s most prestigious races during the flat season.

The Curragh Racecourse History

Opened in 1727, the name “Curragh” is derived from an Irish word meaning “place of the running horse”. It wasn’t until 1866 that the first Irish Derby was staged. Two years later, the Irish parliament declared the Curragh was the country’s preeminent horse racing and training facility.

Many of Ireland’s greatest horses have hit the headlines with huge victories at the Curragh. None more so than the great Nijinsky, who won the Irish Derby at the Curragh during his legendary Triple Crown-winning campaign in 1970.

Fellow greats like Shergar, Galileo and High Chaparral claimed Classic glory at the Curragh. Sea The Stars won the Beresford Stakes at the Curragh as a two-year-old, before going on to win the British 2000 Guineas, the Epsom Derby and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe during his incredible, unbeaten season in 2009.

In 2015, Curragh Racecourse Limited announced that major changes were to be made to modernise this historic venue. Four years later, a new grandstand was opened at the Curragh, along with a state-of-the-art weighing room, a new parade ring and a reception area which includes a fascinating museum feature.

The Curragh Racecourse Major Races

All five Irish Classics are staged at the Curragh, and well over €5m in prize money will be handed out at the track during the course of the season.

First up is the Irish 2000 Guineas and Irish 1000 Guineas, which take place at the end of March. The following month, the Curragh stages the Irish Derby and the Irish Oaks.

In September, the Irish St Leger is run at the Curragh. Unlike the British version, which is only open to three-year-olds, older horses are allowed to enter the Irish version of this historic Classic.

The Curragh Major Meetings Schedule 2020

Meeting Title
2020 Dates
Irish Guineas FestivalFriday 12th June

Saturday 13th June
Irish Derby MeetingFriday 26th June

Saturday 27th June

Sunday 28th June
Irish Oaks MeetingSaturday 18th July

Sunday 19th July
Irish St Leger DaySunday 13th September
Beresford Stakes MeetingSaturday 26th September

Sunday 26th September

The Curragh Track Characteristics

The Curragh is a right-handed, horseshoe-shaped track, around two miles in length. As the track isn’t a complete oval, like most racecourses, no races over two miles can be run at the Curragh.

Although the home straight is only three furlongs long on the round course, there’s a chute so that races up to one mile in length can be run on a straight track.

The track at the Curragh is very testing in nature. Although it’s a galloping track, the final few furlongs are all uphill, bringing stamina to the fore.

The Curragh Odds

Irish 2000 Guineas Odds

Best Odds
Vatican City5/1
Royal Lytham8/1
Lope Y Fernandes10/1
Fiscal Rules12/1
Monarch Of Egypt12/1

Irish 1000 Guineas Odds

Best Odds
Alpine Star9/2
Fancy Blue11/2
So Wonderful13/2
Soul Search10/1

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Bookies regularly throw up boosted doubles on the short-priced favourites and offer enhanced each-way terms on some of the big field handicaps. So, keep your eyes peeled.

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The Curragh Live Streaming

You can watch a live stream of the racing from The Curragh at bet365, William Hill or Paddy Power. All three bookmakers have live broadcasts of UK and Irish racing. Click on the links to be taken straight to the bookmaker.

The Curragh Tips & Betting Predictions

Siskin carries the tag of favouritism into this year's Irish 2000 Guineas. Read our full preview to see how we think Ger Lyon's star will get on at the Curragh.

The following day, Albigna bids to win a second Group One in the Irish 1000 Guineas. Check out our full preview of that historic Classic.

The Curragh Racecourse FAQs

Where is the Curragh?

The Curragh is a racecourse situated in County Kildare, Ireland.

What races are run at the Curragh?

All of Ireland five Classic races are run at the Curragh. The Irish 2000 Guineas, Irish 1000 Guineas, Irish Derby, Irish Oaks and the Irish St Leger.

Are jump races held at the Curragh?

No. The Curragh only stages flat races.

When was the Curragh first opened?

The Curragh racecourse was opened in 1727.