Harzand was victorious at the Irish Derby in June. This weekend promises more superb racing at the Curragh
The Longines Irish Champions weekend may be just in its third year but already it has become a must attend racing event at Leopardstown and the Curragh and, with no All Ireland Football or Hurling finals clashing this time around, even bigger attendances are expected as two days of top class racing promises to be the highlight of the flat season.
Apart from the racing on both days, (Saturday September 10 at Leopardstown and Sunday Sep-tember 11 at the Curragh) there are many ancillary events being organised around the action on the turf and they, no doubt, will prove extremely popular with the racing public.
On Sunday The Curragh Thoroughbred Trail takes place prior to racing and what a better way to start the day then by taking in one of the many trails that are already proving extremely popular with punters and racing enthusiasts.
In all there are nine separate Trails, each beginning at 9.45 and ending at 12.10 approximately.
Two of the Trails are already booked out, Trial 1 which includes meeting Dermot Weld (at Old Vic Gallop) along with a visit to Liseux Stud and Alan Fleming; as in Trail 6, visit-ing Tracey Collins and Michael Halford yards along with Kildangan Stud. How-ever there are seven other Trials that will, no doubt prove extremely popular.
Trail 2 will be a visit to one of the young up-and-coming trainers, Michael O’Callaghan, along with Dick Brabazon and a visit to the RACE/Farrier School.
Trail 3 will start at Adrian Keatley’s Yard, another young trainer who is making a big mark in 2016, along with visits to Robbie McNamara and Brendan Duke’s establishments.
Trail 4 begins in Johnny Murtagh’s stables, moving on to John Feane and a visit to Angelsey Lodge Equine Hospital, where no doubt a very interesting experience awaits.
Trail 5 begins with another of the younger trainers and one who is making a major impression. Former Kildare GAA county man, Willie McCreery will give one and all a warm welcome before moving on to Darren Bunyan’s establishment, moving on to one of the most popular visitor attractions in the entire country, The Irish National Stud.
Eddie Harty is the first trainer that will be visited on Trail 7 before heading to Brendan Duke and the popular Sandra Hughes.
John Oxx will meet racing enthusiasts at Little Curragh gallop on Trail no 8 with a visit to Ken Condon’s establishment, finishing up at the RACE/Farrier School.
Trail No 9 will begin at one of the most famous and successful yards on the Curragh where the legendary Kevin Prendergast will be on hand to meet and greet, before moving on to Tracey Collins Yard, ending with a visit to Sycamore Lodge Equine Hospital.
So there is certainly much to do, and much to see on Sunday September 11.
Places are limited and to book a spot call the Curragh (045) 441205 or book online at www.curragh.ie and remember that is all before the first race gets under way with in excess of €2m on offer in prize money.