Family fun in Moyglare Kids Zone at Curragh on Sunday

Plus, parade of champion horses

Laura Coates


Laura Coates

Family fun in Moyglare Kids Zone at Curragh on Sunday

Champion jockey Pat Smullen together with jockey Leigh Roche and some young friends launched the Moyglare Kids Zone taking place at the Curragh Racecourse this Sunday

There will be lots of free family fun at the Curragh Racecourse this Sunday in the Moyglare Stud Kids Zone.

Located close to the parade ring, it will provide a variety of exciting free entertainment for younger race goers, under cover, throughout the afternoon, as part of the Longines Irish Champions Weekend raceday.

Youngsters will get the chance to ride the racehorse simulator, take part in an arts and crafts workshop, giant outdoor games, and enjoy the Front Runner racing club.

There will also be face painters, a reptile zone, the chance to meet the Curragh's team of Shetland ponies and bouncy castles.

Kids shows will also take place with a Circus theme featuring Marty the Dancing Zebra, Alex the Friendly Lion and Melman the Hypochondriac Giraffe.

There will also be stilt walkers, magic shows, jugglers and clowns, plus lots of great music.

Parade of champions

Meanwhile, racegoers will have the chance to see some living legends of the turf in the flesh this Sunday.

A star-studded line-up of legendary horses will take part in the Parade of Champions, which takes place just after the first race at 2.15pm.

Returning to the racetrack one more time will be Champion Hurdlers Annie Power, Hurricane Fly and Faugheen; top chasers Moscow Flyer, Vautour and Douvan; Tattersalls Gold Cup winner Casual Conquest; Royal Diamond, winner of the Irish St Leger in 2012 and Forpadydeplaster, a top chaser and three time winner of the Racehorse to Riding competition at the Dublin Horse Show.