Behind the Scenes of Racing

Getting behind the scenes is the new gold standard when it comes to video content and documentaries but The Curragh Racecourse is giving the opportunity next month to do it in person.

Details of six individual ‘trails’ have been announced for the 2018 Curragh Thoroughbred Trail, part of Longines Irish Champions Weekend, and are now available to book online.

This unique event, which takes place prior to racing at the Curragh on Sunday, September 16, allows racing fans to go behind the scenes at many of the leading racing yards, stud farms and world-class equine establishments based around the vicinity of the racecourse.

The Curragh Thoroughbred Trail, supported by Horse Racing Ireland Ownership, will give racing fans the opportunity to visit a host of leading trainers in their yards in addition to meeting Dermot Weld and John Oxx out on the famous Curragh gallops.

The Irish National Stud, Kildangan Stud, Sycamore Lodge Equine Hospital, Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital and Racing Academy and Centre of Education (RACE) are also included in the trails.

Each trail will be accompanied by an expert guide, including former jockeys Warren O’Connor and Gordon Power and former trainers Sandra Hughes and Jim Kavanagh. Participants will enjoy complimentary breakfast at the Curragh, sponsored by Horse Racing Ireland Ownership, before trails commence at 9.30am sharp.

“The Thoroughbred Trail is a fantastic opportunity for visitors to see behind the scenes of the Curragh and to experience areas not normally accessed by the public,” said Curragh CEO Derek McGrath.

“We are hugely grateful to the support of the trainers, studs and other facilities who are opening their doors as the Thoroughbred Trail is an integral part of Longines Irish Champions Weekend.”

Longines Irish Champions Weekend features the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes on Saturday September 15, and the Comer Group International Irish St. Leger at the Curragh on Sunday September 16, together with four other Group One races over the two days.

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