This Saturday the Curragh racecourse will celebrate the 100th staging of the Tattersalls 2000 Guineas, the first Irish racing classic of the year.
Last year the Guineas Festival was the first event to be televised live by RTÉ after the first wave of lockdown had stretched through ten weeks.
This year the station will be back with live coverage across the two days of racing, also featuring the Tattersalls 1000 Guineas on Sunday. A total of €1.65 million in prize money is on offer for some of the best horse from around the world.
Trainer Kevin Prendergast will be one of the few present at the track as he saddles Mehnah in the Sunday feature. At the age of 88 there are not many sporting legends still active in their sport but he is hoping to add a fifth Guineas to his roll of honour.
His first 1000 Guineas winner was Pidget in 1972, a full 49 years ago, while his second came with Arctic Royale in 1982. He won the 2000 guineas with Northern Treasure in 1976 and most recently with Awtaad in 2016.
“We are really looking forward to the weekend and the opportunity to see some of the best horses in Europe compete over both days, viewed by millions of people all over the world,” said Curragh Racing and Sponsorship manager Evan Arkwright.
“The 100th running of the Irish 2000 Guineas is of particular significance and we plan to celebrate many of the legendary winners of the race through a variety of digital activations.”
“Our sponsors have been superb and their support of our fully sponsored programme has ensured we offer significant prize money in order for us to stage high-quality competitive racing over both days.
Title partner Tattersalls, are joined as race sponsors by Weatherbys Ireland, Lanwades Stud, Heider Family Stables, Tally Ho Stud, GAIN and IEBF, while the Curragh will welcome global betting giant Betway as an official partner of the weekend for the first time.
Tipperary Crystal are hosting the first Racing Virtual Style Event of the Season to celebrate the launch of their New Collections including ROMI Dublin.
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