War Horse’s Joey at the Curragh Races

The most famous horse on London’s West End stage will get to try his luck on the world-famous Curragh turf next weekend.

The most famous horse on London’s West End stage will get to try his luck on the world-famous Curragh turf next weekend.

‘Joey’, the spectacular life-sized horse puppet from the stage show War Horse will make a special appearance at the Curragh races on Sunday, April 13.

The War Horse Race Day is being run in association with the National Theatre of Great Britain’s critically acclaimed production, which is currently running at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin.

Not only will Joey make an appearance at the event, he will also be presenting the prize for the War Horse sponsored race which will take place during the event. Cast members from the show will also be guests at the race day.

The puppet was created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, and will meet race-goers and perhaps some of his fellow equines in the race ring.

“The Curragh and Newbridge has very strong historic links with horses used by the military and so it is positive to highlight this piece of our history through our partnership with the award winning stage show,” said Evan Arkwright of the Curragh Racecourse.

War Horse tells the story of a young boy and his journey to be reunited with his beloved horse, requisitioned by the British Army during World War I. The story was also made into a film by Steven Spielberg in 2011.

Race goers will be able to purchase tickets for the War Horse show at a special box office located on the grounds of The Curragh. Tickets will be available from €20.

The Race Day will feature the Big Bad Bog Gladness Stakes and the Irish Field Alleged Stakes.