Curragh to offer record prize money this year to enhance 2019 Race Programme

Senan Hogan

Reporter:

Senan Hogan

Curragh Racecourse New Stand
The Curragh is delighted to announce that prize money has been increased across a variety of races this season. All Group 1 races will now be worth a minimum of €300,000 and there have been positive increases to enhance a variety of handicaps and programme for both stayers and sprinters, while all races on Group 1 days will have a minimum value of €20,000. Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Day will receive a major boost with additional prize money over a variety of stakes and handicap races to increase total prize money to €2.1 million euro, while five major races on Day 2 of Longines Irish Champions Weekend have significantly increased in value. Summary of key prize money increases this season: Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes (Group 1) will increase from €350,000 to €400,000 Moyglare Stud Stakes (Group 1) will increase from €350,000 to €400,000 Derrinstown Stud Flying Five (Group 1) will increase from €350,000 to €400,000 Tattersalls Gold Cup (Group 1) will increase from €300,000 to €400,000 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (Group 1) will increase from €250,000 to €300,000 Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes (Group 1) will increase from €250,000 to €300,000 GAIN Railway Stakes (Group 2) will increase from €115,000 to €130,000 Moyglare “Jewels” Blandford Stakes (Group 2) will increase €200,000 to €250,000 The Tote Rockingham and Tote Scurry will increase from €100,000 to €125,000 and in addition the Tote will also support the 100,000 Tote Irish Cambridgeshire and Tote Irish Cesarewitch The new Comer Group Stayers Series will see increases over three races with the Comer Group International Irish St Leger (Group1) rising from €500,000 to €600,000, Comer Group International Curragh Cup (Group 2) from €120,000 to €150,000 and the Comer Group International Irish St Leger Trial (Group 1) increasing from €60,000 to €100,000. The Curragh – Race Programme 2019 Spring Festival Trials - Monday 6th May 8 race programme with first race at 1.50pm and last race at 5.50pm Feature races: First Flier Stakes (Listed), Coolmore Churchill Tetrarch Stakes (Listed), Coolmore Gleneagles Athasi Stakes (Group 3), Coolmore Highland Reel Moorebridge Stakes (Group 2) Curragh Spring Festival Friday 24th May 7 race programme with first race at 3.45pm and final race at 7.05pm Feature races: Marble Hill Stakes (Listed ), € 100,000 “ Curragh Where Champions Are Made” Premier Handicap, Kerrygold Gallinule Stakes (Group 3) Saturday 25th May 7 race programme with first race at 1.50pm and final race at 5.20pm Feature races: Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas (Group 1), Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes (Group 2), , Lanwades Stud Stakes (Group 2) Sunday 26th May (official opening ceremony) 8 race programme with first race at 1.50pm and final race at 6pm Feature races: Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas (Group 1), Tattersalls Gold Cup (Group 1) Midsummer Evening Friday 7th June 7 race programme with first race at 5.30pm and final race at 8.45pm Feature races: TRM Ballyogan Stakes (Group 3), TRI Equestrian Silver Stakes (Listed) Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival Thursday 27th June (evening) 7 race programme with first race at 5.45pm and final race at 8.45pm Feature races: Ragusa EBF Premier Handicap, Tote Rockingham Handicap Friday 28th June 7 race programme with first race at 3.15pm and final race at 6.25pm Feature races: Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes (Group 1), Comer Group International Curragh Cup (Group 2), Airlie Stud Stakes (Group 2), Saturday 29th June 8 race programme with first race at 1.45pm and final race at 6pm Feature races: Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Group 1), Dubai Duty Free International Stakes (Group 3), GAIN Railway Stakes (Group 2) Curragh Summer Festival Sat 20th July 8 race programme with first race at 2.15pm and final race at 6.15pm Feature races: Kerrygold Irish Oaks (Group 1), Tote Scurry, Jebel Ali Racecourse and Stables Anglesey (Group 3), Friarstown Stud Minstrel Stakes (Group 2), Sun 21st July 8 race programme with first race at 1.30 and final race at 5.50pm Feature races: Sapphire Stakes (Group 2), Kilboy Estate Stakes (Group 2), Corinthian Charity Challenge Fri 9th August 7 race programme with first race at 5.15pm and final race at 8.35pm Feature races: Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (Group 1), Phoenix Sprint (Group 3) Fri 16th August 7 race programme with first race at 5.10pm and final race at 8.20pm Feature races: Paddy Power Royal Whip Stakes (Group 3), Comer Group Irish St Leger Trial (G 3) Fri 23rd August 7 race programme with first race at 5.10pm and final race at 8.10pm Feature races: Debutante Stakes (Group 2), Galileo Futurity Stakes (Group 2) 30th August 8 race programme with first race at 4.20pm and final race at 7.50pm Feature races: Flame of Tara Stakes (Group 3) Round Tower Stakes (G) Snow Fairy Stakes (Group 3), Tote Cambridgeshire Sun 15th September 8 race programme with first race at 2pm and final race at 6pm Feature races: Comer Group International Irish St Leger (Group 1), Derrinstown Stud Flying Five (Group 1), Moyglare Stud Stakes (Group 1), Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes (Group 1), Curragh Autumn Festival Sat 28th September 8 race programme with first race at approx 1.45 and final race at 5.30pm Feature races: Renaissance Stakes (Group 3), Loughbrown Stakes (Group 3) 29th September (Future Champions Day) 8 race programme with first race at approx 1.45 and final race at 5.30pm Feature races: Weld Park Stakes (Group 3), Beresford Stakes (Group 2) 13th October (finale of the season) 8 race programme with first race at approx 1.45 and final race at 5.30pm Feature races: Waterford Testimonial Stakes (Group 3), Staffordstown Stud Stakes (Listed), Tote Irish Cesarewitch