China will come to the Curragh Racecourse on Sunday, June 10 when the Kildare venue will give their race day a major Chinese theme with the help of the Chinese Irish Cultural Academy.
The China Ireland Friendship Silver Stakes will be the feature race of a seven race programme starting at 2.20pm and the Chinese Ambassador to Ireland has been invited to make the presentation to the connections of the winning horse of trophies provided by Newbridge Silverware following the race. Other races will be supported by Kildare Village and Red Mills.
Chinese citizens will gain free admission to encourage them to experience what promises to be a very exciting initiative.
A Chinese Village will be created beside the main enclosure of the racecourse which will be fun for all the family and will feature Chinese food tasting, demonstration of Chinese music and dance, the famous Dragon Dance which will be performed before the first race and a display of Chinese crafts
“We are delighted to further enhance the links between Ireland and China with this exciting initiative and hope the race day will become an annual event,” said Paul Hensey, General Manager of the Curragh Racecourse.
Race Day Schedule - 1.45pm to 2pm: Performance of the Dragon Dance; 2.20pm: Irish Stallion Farms Maiden; 2.25pm: Chinese Folk Songs to be performed; 2.50pm: Irish Field Maiden; 2.55pm: Chinese Folk Dances to be performed; 3.20pm: Red Mills supporting China Day Handicap; 3.25pm: Martial Arts Performance; 3.50pm: China Ireland Friendship Silver Stakes; 4pm: Chinese Costumes Fashion Show; 4.20pm: Kildare Village supporting China Day Handicap; 4.25pm: Guzheng Performance; 4.50pm: Chinese Irish Cultural Academy Handicap; 5pm: Chinese Folk songs and dancing; 5.20pm: Irish Stallion Farms Handicap; 5.25pm: Lion Dance and Wishing lanterns.