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Curragh Racecourse is situated on a plain in County Kildare in Ireland between the towns of Newbridge and Kildare. The Irish for Curragh is “Cuirreach” which means “place of the running horse”. Ten of the twelve annual Group 1 races are held at this racecourse. It’s location just 35km south west of Dublin means Curragh racecourse is very accessible from Dublin Airport.

Curragh Betting Tips

The racecourse is right-handed and two miles in length. The track is shaped like a horse shoe and the straight course can hold races up to a mile. The Curragh is a beautifully fair racecourse, but there are different tracks: the Derby track and the Plate track which are both completely different beasts. There’s a lot of bends on the Derby track meaning that it favours horses with an inside berth.

Curragh Draw Bias

There is a big advantage to be drawn low on the Derby track due to the amount of turns the horses have to take. Moving on to the sprint course, a high draw is certainly the best place to be as horses race up against the stands side rail. Therefore, those drawn low have to move across and lose ground in doing so. The stands side is always drier which explains why horses stay on that side. If and when the running rail is moved out to the middle of the track, the draw bias is much more even. However, the high drawn horses still have an edge.

Curragh Betting Trends

Aidan O’Brien is without doubt, and not surprisingly, the top trainer at the Curragh, with 94 winners from his last 442 runners. He has earned more than €5.5 million over the past three seasons in prize money. There aren’t too many trainers in profit to level stakes, but keep an eye out for Sabrina Harty when she has a runner. She has had 10 winners from the past 36 runners, producing a profit of +£65.50 to level stakes.

Pat Smullen is the top jockey at Curragh racecourse over the past three years, with 44 winners from 307 rides. The most profitable jockey in this same period is Seamie Heffernan who has 30 winners from 175 rides, returning a profit of +£54.40 to level stakes. Ryan Moore is operating at a 29% strike rate too, but he rides the best of the Aidan O’Brien horses so it is to be expected.

Curragh Feature Races


  • Park Express Stakes (Group 3) (1m)


  • Gladness Stakes (Group 3) (7f)


  • Athasi Stakes (Group 3) (7f)
  • Mooresbridge Stakes (Group 3) (1m 2f)
  • Tetrarch Stakes (Listed) (7f)
  • Ridgewood Pearl Stakes (Group 3) (1m)
  • Irish 2,000 Guineas (Group 1) (1m)
  • Greenlands Stakes (Group 3) (6f)
  • Irish 1,000 Guineas (Group 1) (1m)
  • Gallinule Stakes (Group 3) (1m 2f)
  • Tattersalls Gold Cup (Group 1) (1m 2f 110y)


  • International Stakes (Group 3) (1m 2f)
  • Irish Derby (Group 1) (1m 4f)
  • Railway Stakes (Group 2) (6f)
  • Sapphire Stakes (Group 3) (5f)
  • Curragh Cup (Group 3) (1m 6f)
  • Pretty Polly Stakes (Group 1) (1m 2f)
  • Balanchine Stakes (Group 3) (6f)
  • Anglesey Stakes (Group 3) (6f 63y)


  • Minstrel Stakes (Group 3) (7f)
  • Irish Oaks (Group 1) (1m 4f)
  • Kilboy Estate Stakes (Group 2) (1m 1f)


  • Phoenix Sprint Stakes (Group 3) (6f)
  • Phoenix Stakes (Group 1) (6f)
  • Debutante Stakes (Group 2) (7f)
  • Royal Whip Stakes (Group 3) (1m 2f)
  • Futurity Stakes (Group 2) (7f)
  • Flying Five Stakes (Group 3) (5f)
  • Curragh Stakes (Listed) (5f)
  • Irish St Leger Trial Stakes (Group 3) (1m 6f)


  • Moyglare Stud Stakes (Group 1) (7f)
  • Lanwades Stud Fillies’ Stakes (Group 1) (7f)
  • Round Tower Stakes (Group 3) (6f)
  • Renaissance Stakes (Group 3) (6f)
  • Blandford Stakes (Group 2) (1m 2f)
  • Vincent O’Brien Stakes (Group 1) (7f)
  • Solonaway Stakes (Group 2) (1m)
  • Irish St Leger (Group 1) (1m 6f)
  • C. L. Weld Park Stakes (Group 3) (7f)
  • Beresford Stakes (Group 2) (1m)

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