The Curragh Training Grounds include an array of facilities for training Thoroughbred racehorses on turf and artificial surfaces unequalled anywhere in the world. Comprising of approximately 1500 acres the Training Grounds include 70 miles of grass gallops. They are used on a daily basis of approximately 1000 horses in the care of 60 horse trainers. The Training Grounds are owned and managed by the Curragh Racecourse.
The Training Grounds historically known as Cuireach, has been home to many of racing’s most famous and colourful characters horse and human alike over the years.
The Curragh Training Grounds has invested millions of Euro in the Training Grounds and their facilities to ensure that they remain an international centre of excellence for thoroughbred training.
There is written evidence of horse racing dating back to the third century when chariot races were held at the ‘Cuireach’ – Gaelic word for racecourse, on the lands known today as the Curragh. Little has changed over all the centuries as the Curragh is still home of Irish horse racing.
The Curragh Training Ground is a world class facility spreading over 1,500 acres with numerous gallops of the highest standard ranging from a variety of all weather surfaces to traditional grass and peat gallops.
The gallops are maintained and open 365 days a year in order to provide the best facilities to trainers. We are acutely aware of the value and potential attached to each Thoroughbred horse and therefore the Curragh Training Grounds provide a level of service to allow these horses compete at an international level.
Horses trained on the Curragh have won many of the world’s most prestigious races including the Irish Derby, Epsom Derby, Melbourne Cup, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Aintree Grand National, Irish Grand National, Breeders Cup, Belmont Stakes and Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Significant Curragh trained winners in recent times include:
Irish Derby 2016
Irish 2000 Guineas
Sea The Stars
Champion Hurdle Winner
Epsom Derby Winner