Horse Racing Events in Ireland

Horse racing is a popular spectator sport in the UK, and gambling on horseraces is the cornerstone of the British betting industry.

The two main forms of horse racing in the UK are unobstructed distances races, known as flat racing, and races over fences or over hurdles, known as National Hunt racing. Additionally there is another form of racing which is run on an altogether more informal and ad hoc basis, known as point to point racing.

Point to point is a form of steeplechasing for amateur riders. Like professional racing, it is run under the auspices of the governing and regulatory body for horse-racing in Great Britain, the British Horseracing Authority.

The UK has produced some of the greatest jockeys, including Sir Gordon Richards, usually considered the greatest jockey ever. There are between four and five hundred professional jockeys based in the UK.

Here's a list of notable horse racing events which take place annually in the UK, under the jurisdiction of the British Horseracing Authority.

Group 1

Month Race Name Racecourse Distance Age/Sex
May Irish 2,000 Guineas Curragh 1m 3yo c&f
May Tattersalls Gold Cup Curragh 1m 2f 110y 4yo+
May Irish 1,000 Guineas Curragh 1m 3yo f
June / July Pretty Polly Stakes Curragh 1m 2f 3yo+ f
June / July Irish Derby Curragh 1m 4f 3yo c&f
July Irish Oaks Curragh 1m 4f 3yo f
August Phoenix Stakes Curragh 6f 2yo c&f
Aug / Sept Moyglare Stud Stakes Curragh 7f 2yo f
September Matron Stakes Leopardstown 1m 3yo+ f
September Irish Champion Stakes Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo+
September Irish St. Leger Curragh 1m 6f 3yo+
September National Stakes Curragh 7f 2yo c&f

Group 2

Month Race Name Racecourse Distance Age/Sex
May Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo
June / July Railway Stakes Curragh 6f 2yo
August Royal Whip Stakes Curragh 1m 2f 3yo+
August Debutante Stakes Curragh 7f 2yo f
August Futurity Stakes Curragh 7f 2yo
September Blandford Stakes Curragh 1m 2f 3yo+ f
Sept / Oct Beresford Stakes Curragh 1m 2yo

Group 3

Month Race Name Racecourse Distance Age/Sex
March Park Express Stakes Curragh 1m 3yo+ f
April Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial Leopardstown 7f 3yo f
April Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial Leopardstown 1m 3yo c&g
April Gladness Stakes Curragh 7f 4yo+
April Ballysax Stakes Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo
April / May Tetrarch Stakes Curragh 7f 3yo c&f
April / May Athasi Stakes Curragh 7f 3yo+ f
April / May Mooresbridge Stakes Curragh 1m 2f 4yo+
May Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial Leopardstown 1m 3yo f
May Amethyst Stakes Leopardstown 1m 3yo+
May Blue Wind Stakes Naas 1m 2f 3yo+ f
May Greenlands Stakes Curragh 1207 6f 3yo+
May Ridgewood Pearl Stakes Curragh 1m 4yo+ f
May Gallinule Stakes Curragh 1m 2f 3yo
June Swordlestown Stud Sprint Stakes Naas 6f 2yo f
June Ballyogan Stakes Leopardstown 6f 3yo+ f
June Ballycorus Stakes Leopardstown 7f 3yo+
June Noblesse Stakes Cork 1m 4f 3yo+ f
June / July Curragh Cup Curragh 1m 6f 3yo+
June / July Sapphire Stakes Curragh 5f 3yo+
July Brownstown Stakes Leopardstown 7f 3yo+ f
July Anglesey Stakes Curragh 6f 63y 2yo
July Minstrel Stakes Curragh 7f 3yo+
July International Stakes Curragh 1m 1f 3yo+
July Silver Flash Stakes Leopardstown 7f 2yo f
July Tyros Stakes Leopardstown 7f 2yo
July Meld Stakes Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo+
August Give Thanks Stakes Cork 1m 4f 3yo+ f
August Phoenix Sprint Stakes Curragh 6f 3yo+
August Ballyroan Stakes Leopardstown 1m 4f 3yo+
August Desmond Stakes Leopardstown 1m 3yo+
Aug / Sept Round Tower Stakes Curragh 6f 2yo
Aug / Sept Flying Five Curragh 5f 3yo+
September Kilternan Stakes Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo+
September Renaissance Stakes Curragh 6f 3yo+
September Solonaway Stakes Curragh 1m 3yo+
Sept / Oct Denny Cordell Fillies Stakes Gowran Park 1m 1f 100y 3yo+ f
Sept / Oct C. L. Weld Park Stakes Curragh 1408 7f 2yo f
October Concorde Stakes Tipperary 7f 100y 3yo+
October Killavullan Stakes Leopardstown 7f 2yo

Other Horse Racing Events

Month Race Name Racecourse Distance Age/Sex
May Gowran Classic Trial Gowran Park 1m 4f 3yo
May Saval Beg Stakes Leopardstown 2816 1m 6f 4yo+
June Ulster Derby Down Royal 1m 4f 190y 3yo+
September Goffs Fillies Million Curragh 7f 2yo f
September Goffs Million Curragh 7f 2yo c&g
Oct / Nov Eyrefield Stakes Leopardstown 1m 1f 2yo

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