The Curragh Racecourse is the main racecourse in Ireland. It is situated on the Curragh plain near Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland. In the Leinster province. The Irish 1,000 Guineas, Irish 2,000 Guineas, Irish Derby, Irish Oaks and the Irish St. Leger are all run at the Curragh.

Key Characteristics

The Curragh is quite an undulating course, but its long straight and large width very much make it a galloping course. Their is a straight course of 7 Furlongs which acts as a chute to the main course. The main course is a right handed horseshoe with a run-in of 3 furlongs, those last 3 furlongs are all slightly uphill making it quite a test for horses.

In general the round courses are very fair, but the Derby track is quite different to the Plate track, as there is an awful lot of turning on the Derby track and a low draw is definitely a help.

On the sprint track, when they race up against the stand side, a high draw is always favoured to one extent or another no matter what the ground is like, as there is a gradual camber from the stand side down to the far side, so the stand side is always that bit drier.

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