Courses

Curraheen

Track info

County: Cork

Soil Type: Brown Earth - coarse loamy

Fences per circuit: 5

Fences per 3 mile race: 13

Direction: Left-Handed

Course Distance:

Elevation Change (Highest to Lowest Point):

TRACK GUIDE


A left-handed course of just under a mile, runners begin on the entrance to the home straight at Curraheen, and face a short run to fence one, with fence two also coming up quite quickly. There is a bigger gap to the third and final fence in the home straight, with a short run-in on the final lap.

Runners enter the left-handed bend that brings them on a short straight, before turning again to arrive in the back straight. A further two fences await in the back, fence four coming up after the road crossing, with a good run before racing fence five.

A long left-handed bend brings them back towards the home straight, where the runners once again jump the line of three fences, and on the final lap, sprint up the short run-in to the line.

Grade 3 winner Doctor Phoenix, who also landed the 2018-edition of the valuable Dan Moore Chase, won his first race at Curraheen as a five-year-old, whilst Kilbricken Storm stepped-up from winning the older geldings? maiden at the course in 2017, to win the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices? Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival 11-months later.

DECLAN QUEALLY, RIDER

Curraheen tends to draw a big crowd to the old showground on the edge of Cork City over the May Bank Holiday. The track is almost a mile and three furlongs around and is extremely flat. The ground also tends to be very good here.

It is a very fair track that allows a horse to get into a nice rhythm. The bends ride very well and with a long home straight, the best horse usually tends to win.