Family Fun day at Curragh Racecourse today. Gates open 12 noon.

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Family Fun day at Curragh Racecourse today. Gates open 12 noon.
6:19 Sunday 13th of August 2017

The Curragh is the only place to be for kids today with the eagerly-awaited Keeneland Family Fun Day.

Keeneland Family Fun Day features fantastic free entertainment for the kids in the Keeneland Kidz Zone Marquee.

Kids will have the chance to meet their favourite cartoon characters, Mr Tayto will be there as will the Front Runner Racing Club, Face Painters, magic shows, a caricaturist and Reptile Zoo (pictured).

There will also be a supervised arts and crafts kids workshop. Gates open at 12 noon.

Family ticket is just €25

Families won't be free contrary to a report in the Kildare Post - but there is a reduced family ticket price of €25 which offers incredible value for two adults and there is no limit on the number of accompanying children.

Keeneland Phoenix Stakes 

Gordon Elliott’s unbeaten Beckford will face seven rivals in an exciting renewal of the Group 1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien will saddle four runners, led by Royal Ascot winner Sioux Nation who is joined by stable companions, Declarationofpeace, U S Navy Flag and Actress.

Tom Dascombe, who won the 2014 Irish St Leger at the Curragh with Brown Panther, will seek more Group 1 honours at Ireland’s premier track as he sends over the talented Frozen Angel, while Mick Channon, also no stranger to success at the Curragh, will saddle Helvetian.

The field is completed by the locally trained Romanised who was narrowly beaten in the Coventry Stakes for trainer Ken Condon last time out.

A field of 11 will go to post for the At The Races Phoenix Sprint Stakes headed by Tom Hogan’s Gordon Lord Byron who is chasing a 17th career win.

The Group 3 contest has attracted Kimberella, Mr Lupton and Koropick across the Irish Sea, while Aidan O’Brien will have three runners with Washington DC and Intelligence Cross joining the supplemented Cougar Mountain.

Course and distance winner Moviesta will carry the colours of Harry Redknapp for trainer Eddie Lynam, while course and distance winner Khukri represents Jessica Harrington. Fozzy Stack’s Son Of Rest and Sheila Lavery’s Mr Scarlet have also been declared.

Link to declarations: http://bit.ly/2vKFYl4

Race Programme

12pm     Gates Open

2pm      Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital Maiden for 2 year olds over 5 furlongs

2.30pm Maiden for 2 year olds over 8 furlongs

3pm     Loder Race over 7 furlongs

3.35pm Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (Group 1) over 6 furlongs

4.10pm At The Races Phoenix Sprint (Group 3) over 6 furlongs

4.40pm Mongey Communications Handicap 8 furlongs

5.10pm Gabriel Curran Memorial Handicap over 5 furlongs

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