5000 pastoral acres (Curragh Plain) in what is known as County Kildare, Ireland may have developed Irish Racing from Horse Races run as early as mid 1st Century. There is also written evidence that in the 3rd Century there were chariot races. In 1760 the Curragh Breeding Society was established. The Curragh Race Course and Training Grounds was the centre of Irish Breeding and Racing in the late 20th Century. This modern flat track hosts the Irish Derby annually, now called the Budweiser Irish Derby.
50 CE, 1760, 1st Century, 3rd Century, 20th Century
County Kildare, Ireland
- Horse Racing Ireland – Wikipedia
Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) is the governing body of horse racing on the island of Ireland.
- Racing Explained – Horse Racing Ireland
This section provides you with all the essential information you need to plan a day at the races, from which race meeting to choose and what to wear to how to pick a winner, with details on all the top horses, trainers and jockeys
- History of the Curragh Racecourse – At the Heart of Irish Racing
Few sights encapsulate the essence of County Kildare more than that of horses pounding across the springy open plains of the Curragh, crisp clouds of breath puffing out into the early morning air. – See more at: http://www.curragh.ie/about-us/history-of-the-curragh/#sthash.I4BzQGwt.dpuf
- Irish Horse Racing 7min Documentary – YouTube