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Curragh to stage Defence Forces Race Day as part of the Irish Oaks

20-07-2013 
Chicquita (right) ridden by Johnny Murtagh wins the Darley Irish Oaks (Group 1)  race at the Curragh.
Photo: Adrian Melia

20-07-2013 Chicquita (right) ridden by Johnny Murtagh wins the Darley Irish Oaks (Group 1) race at the Curragh. Photo: Adrian Melia

The Curragh will give their race day on Sunday 20 July a strong military theme to promote the close association between the Defence Forces and the racecourse.

Defence Forces Race Day will feature seven races and will be held the day after the Darley Irish Oaks.

The race day will help raise funds for the Army Benevolent Fund and Organisation of Ex Servicemen and women.

Lieutenant General Conor O’Boyle commented: “For generations, the Curragh has been synonymous with both the military and equine communities. I am delighted that the Curragh Racecourse is celebrating this time honoured connection by hosting a race meeting in aid of the Army Benevolent Fund and the Organisation of National Ex Servicemen and women”

There will be great spectacle and pageantry throughout the afternoon with displays of current and vintage equipment, memorabilia and music, while the Leinster Football Final will be shown on screens throughout the racecourse

Paul Hensey, General Manager of the Curragh Racecourse commented: “Our objective is to develop an annual race day to promote the excellent and very historic relationship between the Curragh and Defence Forces, where their personnel both past and present get together with the horse racing fraternity for a fun day out for all the family”

A special discounted admission offer will be available for Defence Forces personnel both past and present with a percentage going towards the fund raising activities which will be taking place throughout the race day. The Darley Irish Oaks takes centre stage on the previous day, Saturday 19 July, with some of Europe’s top fillies to line up in the Group One Classic. Other races include the Jebel Ali Racecourse, Stable Anglesey Stakes.

 

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