Horse Racing In Ireland; The Events To Watch

Horse racing is one of the popular sports betting activities among Ireland bookmakers. This stems from the popularity of sporting activity in the country.

For Irish betting enthusiasts, horse racing should be part of the menu all the time. The sport is known to have started competitively hundreds of years ago and up to now it has attracted thousands of fans; some for the enjoyment of the race while others want to place bets for their favorite horses.

Here we explore the horse racing calendar for 2021 with a focus on the major events for the remainder of the year. With this information, those looking to wager can prepare in advance for the coming major tournaments.

Dubai Duty-Free Irish Derby

From 25th  to 27th  June 2021 all the racing fans will be streaming to the historic Curragh racecourse for the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Derby. Dubbed the highlight of the Irish racing season, the Dubai Duty-Free Irish derby is one of the greatest events in the horse racing calendar, not just in Ireland but in the whole world.

The three days event offers fans top-quality racing that showcases the best that this side of the world has to offer.

The event is not just known for its competitive nature but also for offering Ireland Bookmakers a chance to show their worth. It is also an iconic festival where music, dance, fashion, and best races attract the world’s top horses and jockeys.

The Irish Derby also counts as the most important classic event of the Flat season. It is run over a one-mile distance and four furlongs. The Derby attracts most of the horses that compete in the 2000 Guineas in Ireland, France, and England. Also, the horses that participate in the French and English Derbies grace the Curragh event.

Dating back to 1866, the Irish Derby, the horse racing event has seen the prize money increase substantially leading to the attraction of stronger fields. 2020 winner was Santiago, an Irish Thoroughbred horse that showed great promises as a two-year-old in the previous year.

The horse also performed well in the Queen’s Vase where it emerged as the winner.

The Juddmonte Irish Oaks 

The Curragh, the place of champions, plays host to a big event; the Juddmonte Irish Oaks. The event which will be held on 17th July 2021 is the fourth classic of the flat season and is a preserve of the three-year-old horses.

Run over the same distance as the Irish Derby, Juddmonte Irish Oak started in 1895. Another similarity with the Irish Derby is that it attracts horses that compete in 1000 Guineas in England, Ireland, and France.

English fillies are known to perform well in the race; they have so far had more than 49 wins. The 2020 winner was Even So, a horse that is owned by Mrs. John Magnier, trained by GM Lyons and Jockey is CT Keane.

Curragh racecourse is popular with major events in Ireland with other events being the Irish Derby, Longines Irish Champions among others. The racecourse is located at the heart of Kildare County just off the M7.

The racecourse is very busy between March and October with the earliest events being the Tattersalls Guineas Festival which is held in May. The racecourse also acts as the training ground where many stars of the track used as the training facility.

Leopardstown Summer Series events

Leopardstown is the only Dublin racecourse that hosts several big races on the Flat race calendar. With events scheduled throughout the year, other races that are held in the venue include Irish Champions Weekend, the Christmas festival, BHP insurance Irish Hurdle and the Unibet Gold cup.

The racecourse also holds several classic trials such as Bulmers Live between April and May. Group 1 Coolmore Matron Stakes and QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes are the other major flat events that are held at the venue.

Starting 3rd June to 12th August 2021, the racecourse will be the venue for Summer Series events. The Leopardstown Summer Series will include the following races:

  • Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden
  • The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden
  • The RACE Academy Apprentice Handicap
  • The Ballycorus Stakes Group 3
  • The Leopardstown Golf Center Handicap
  • The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Handicap
  • The Leopardstown Handicap
  • The Sandymount Handicap

Denny Cordell Lavarack Fillies Stakes

Denny Cordell Lavarack Fillies Stakes is scheduled for late September at Gowran Park. The race is a Group 3-flat horse race that features three-years and older fillies and mares.

It covers one mile, one furlong, and one thousand nine hundred and two meters. This event is named after Denny Cordell who was an English record breaker and later a racehorse trainer in Ireland. It is to his memory, created by his family and friend. One interesting thing about this race is that no single horse has ever won twice.

The leading Jockey for this race is Johnny Murtagh with Epona Plays being the 2020 winner. The hosting racecourse Gowran Park is known for its scenic view; it is also famed for its breeding and training establishment and regular host of high-profile races.

Thyestes is one of the events that pull a large crowd with trails for National Hunt festivals also being hosted in the venue.

Florida Pearl Nov Chase Grade 2 in Punchestown

Florida Pearl Nov Chase Grade 2 will be held in Punchestown on November 14th, 2021. This racecourse is renowned as the home of the National Hunt in Ireland.

It hosts events such as the Irish National Hunt festival in April, the Grade one Morgiana Hurdle which like the Florida Pearl Nov Chase Grade 2 is held in November. Other races which are held in the same venue include the La Toucher and Ladies Cups.

December events include John Durkan Mem Chase Grade 1, Kerry Group Cork Stayers Nov at Cork, Proudstown Handicap Grade B, Foxrock Chase Grade B at Navan, Greenmount Park Chase at Limerick, and Boreen Belle EBF Mares Novice Hurdle Listed at Thurles, among others. These events present the betters with an opportunity to place their bets where so many offers such as win, double, exacta, place wagers, and many others are available.

Horse racing in Ireland is not just another sporting activity; it is also an event that allows betting enthusiasts to win big prizes as well as present fans with a chance to socialize and also engage in activities such as dancing, merry-making, and also fashion shows. Be on the lookout for the next horse racing event that the Irish racing calendar has a lot to offer.

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