Now in its 153rd year The Irish Derby Festival is the perfect attraction for both locals, tourists and those in the racing industry. The Irish Derby Festival is the pinnacle of the flat race season attracting the very best horses from the Europe, UK and Island of Ireland. Over the course of the weekend many international human and equine superstars take to the track to
settle scores and confirm reputations and to compete for over 3m in prize money. Thousands of racegoers will flock to the racecourse each day to witness the best trainers, jockeys and equine stars competing for record prize money over 3 fabulous days.
The Festival is a lively, fun event with music, fashion and craic complementing the excellent racing on offer each day. Knowlegeable race-goers mingle with guests who come for a variety of reasons, maybe its the valuable fashion prizes that attract some but mainly its the fabulous atmosphere that The Irish Derby Festival generates that keeps the racegoers happy, and especially this year as it's the first year the NEW Curragh grandstands will be in use.
Thursday 27th June: Adult Admission €20
Friday 28th June: Adult Admission €25
Saturday 29th June: Adult Admission €40
Information will appear here when hospitality packages are released
Thursday 27th June
Racing starts at 5.45pm
Derby Thursday is the traditional curtain raiser for what always is three days of quality racing, fabulous
fashion, delicious food and some of the most
enjoyable social days in the sporting calendar.
Always an evening meeting and a local’s favourite to attend it is traditionally a party night to welcome in the competition to follow.
The atmosphere is relaxed and the emphasis is clearly on welcoming the many guests that go each of the three wonderful days of racing we have planned this season.
Derby Thursday is an evening to meet acquaintances old and new, to eat, drink and relax and enjoy the event as only the Irish know how, where music and fun are the keys to the evening and a true festival atmosphere abounds. Racegoers tend to be more casual in their attire and arrive in droves to enjoy a quality night out at Ireland’s premier
Friday 28th June
Racing starts at 3pm
Day 2 of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival
features some of the best racing of the year.
Competitive and valuable handicap’s mix with the feature races including the Group 1 Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes and Comer Group International Curragh Cup, won in 2017 by Melbourne Cup hero Rekindling.
The Juddmonte sponsored Pretty Polly Stakes has an impressive roll of honour with past winners including
Dance Design, Rebelline, Chorist, Alexander Goldrun, Peeping Fawn, Minding, and in 2017 Nezwaah.
Horses with great classic and group form are laid out for this race year on year and the winners and placed horses all tend to have form at the very top of the tree.
A host of international Trainers and Jockeys target this day as an opportunity to showcase some of their
established equine stars as well as trying to win some of the near .8m prize money on offer. A spectacular second day and a day not to be missed by any serious racing fan.
Derby Day 29th June
Racing starts at 3pm
The modern Irish Derby was created by the 3rd Earl of Howth, the 3rd Marquess of Drogheda and the 3rd Earl of Charlemont. It was first run in 1866, and it was initially contested over 1 mile, 6 furlongs and 3 yards. It was extended by 9 yards in 1869, and cut to its
present distance in 1872. The first Epsom Derby
winner to achieve victory in the Irish version was
Orby, trained in Ireland by Fred McCabe, in 1907. The Irish Derby became a major international race in 1962, when its prize money was substantially
increased. Joe McGrath, a founder of the Irish
Hospitals' Sweepstake, combined the race with the sweepstake, and it became known as the Irish Sweeps Derby. The event began to regularly attract the
winners of the Epsom Derby, and Santa Claus became the second horse to win both races in 1964.
A total of eighteen horses have now completed the English-Irish Derby double, and the most recent was Harzand in 2016.
Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Day is the pinnacle of the Irish Racing season and one of the most enjoyable and social days of the year,
with thrilling racing action, fabulous fashion, delicious food, great entertainment and the best of craic. International Trainers, Jockeys and equine superstars compete for glory over one and a half miles on the Curragh’s hallowed turf for one of racings most coveted prizes. Won by a host of famous horses over the years the Irish Derby continues to attract Royal Ascot winners as well as the Classic winners from the UK, France and Europe. The days supporting races are of high quality too. Altogether not just a day at the races but a total experience not to be missed.
Please note that race timings and admission prices are given "as is" and may be subject to change