Irish Derby 2016: Schedule of events

What's on at the Curragh this weekend

Leader reporter


Leader reporter

Irish Derby 2016: Schedule of events

Mundy will play at the Curragh on Friday night

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival takes place at the Curragh this weekend - read on for the full jam-packed schedule!

Friday June 24

5.30pm Peter Keatley Curragh Equine Groundcare EBF Maiden

6pm DoneDeal Maiden

6.30pm RTE Radio One Handicap

7-8pm RTE Game On live OB

7pm DoneDeal Apprentice Derby

7.30pm Irish Stallion Farms Ragusa Handicap

8pm Silken Thomas Handicap

8.30pm Irish Independent Maiden

8.40-10-30pm Finbar Furey with special guest Mundy in concert (main enclosure stage)

Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Day, Saturday, June 25

11.30am Gates open

1-2.30pm Newbridge Concert Band perform at main entrance plaza

1.15-2.15pm Army Band perform at grandstand

1.30-3pm Newbridge Choral Group (Food paddock)

3-7pm House Band (Food paddock)

2.15pm Dubai Duty Free Most Stylish Lady in association with Boodles – Preview (parade ring) with judges Rachel Stevens, Melanie Morris and Bairbre Power with Breeda McLoughlin; Tote Race Day Preview with Brendan McArdle featuring Hector OhEoghgain, Thom Malone of Paddy Power and Pat Brennan of the Tote (parade ring) footage

3pm Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise 2 Year Old Maiden

3.15pm Curragh Racecourse Hall of Fame — presentation to 2016 inductee Dr Michael Smurfit

3.35pm Paddy Power Premier Handicap

4.05pm Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire Celebration Stakes (Listed)

4.20pm Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Most Stylish Lady in association with Boodles Winner Announced

4.40pm GAIN Railway Stakes (Group 2)

4.50pm Emer Barry performs the Irish National Anthem and Army Band perform National Anthem of the United Arab Emirates (parade ring)

Jockeys escorted by members of the Defence Forces carrying the flags of Ireland and the UAE and presented to Dignitaries

5.10pm Emer Barry and Army Band perform Irish Derby anthem, The Winds of Glory (racetrack)

5.20pm Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Group 1)

5.35pm Presentation of Irish Derby trophies (racetrack) – Emer Barry accompanied by the Army Band performs The Curragh Of Kildare Medley” (winning post)

6pm Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship Handicap

6.30pm Dubai Duty Free Jumeirah Creekside Dash (Listed)

7pm Dubai Duty Free Full of Surprises Summer Fillies Handicap

7.15pm Electric Ceili in concert at the Derby Music Village, Tammy Brown with Radio Shack/Euro Soccer game on screens

Sunday June 26

2.15pm Barronstown Stud EBF Maiden

2.45pm Finlay Volvo International Stakes (Group 3)

3.15pm Equisoft 25th Anniversary Handicap

3.45pm Grangecon Stud Stakes (Group 3)

4.20pm Sea The Stars Pretty Polly Stakes (Group 1)

4.55pm Tote Rockingham Handicap

5.25pm Curragh Cup (Group 2)

5.55pm Troytown Grey Abbey Equine Hospital Handicap

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