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Racing Festivals

European racing boasts several major Festivals throughout the season.  Held at the most famous racecourses, these events combine first class racing, international contenders and a social scene to match. Champions are crowned in every nation, with the best of the best doing battle for racing's most prestigious races. If you would like to visit any of these iconic events, we are here to help you plan your trip.  2019 Major Festivals - DOWNLOAD


Irish Derby Festival

The Curragh

The 2019 Irish Derby Festival will be moved to a Thursday-to-Saturday schedule taking place June 27th – June 29th, with the Irish Derby now providing the climax on the Saturday. Derby Day is the biggest day in the Irish racing calendar, when the best three-year-old thoroughbreds in the world come to the Curragh to race for Europe’s richest prize in the Irish Derby. It will be a high quality card right through with hotly contested races over all three days guaranteed. The Irish Derby Festival encompasses the finest quality of everything and has something to offer everyone, exciting racing, fabulous fashion, delicious food and great entertainment.


Latrobe (IRE) ran out a famous winner of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh for brothers Joseph and Donnacha O'Brien. The victory gave Joseph O'Brien his first Classic win as a trainer.

DateThursday 27th - Saturday 29th June 2019
Prize Money €2.6 million