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County Kildare is world famous for staging the most exciting horse racing events in Ireland.

The Curragh Racecourse is Ireland’s most important thoroughbred racecourse for flat racing. It is considered to be one of the best racetracks in the world and is a centre for showcasing, racing and training of some of the best thoroughbreds globally. Every year it is home to Ireland’s five Classics – the Irish 1,000 Guineas, the Irish 2,000 Guineas, the Irish Oaks, the Irish Derby and the Irish St Leger. The racecourse, which has hosted racing since the 1700’s, is located 25 minutes from The Westgrove Hotel. Having undergone a massive refurbishment over the past 2 years, the summer season of 2019 promises to be one of the most exciting ever. The major fixtures are listed below, then click here to check out our race and stay packages.

 Curragh Spring Festival: 24th to 26th of May 2019

Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival 27th to 29th of June 2019

Curragh Summer Festival: 20th to 21st of July 2019

Keenland Phoenix Stakes Day 9th of August 2019

Longines Irish Champions Weekend (Day 2) 15th of September 2019

Curragh Autumn Festival 28th to 29th of September 2019

 Punchestown Racecourse is the historical home of National Hunt Racing in Ireland and hosts a total of 18 race meetings annually. The Annual Punchestown Festival takes place in late April or early May each year and is one of the highlights of the Irish sporting and social calendar. The Westgrove Hotel is a great location to keep you at the heart of all the action. This year’s festival runs from April 30th to May 4th 2019.

Quevega Mares Hurdle Day 20th of February 2019

Punchestown National Hunt Festival 20th April to 4th of May

Evening Race Meeting 15th of May 2019

Season Closing Race Day 12th June 2019 

Naas racecourse is at the heart of the Thoroughbred County and only 15 minutes from The Westgrove Hotel, Leisure Club and Spa. Naas caters for all ages and requirements with off track entertainment including themed race days, Summer BBQ Evenings, Live music and Family Fun days with Free Children’s Entertainment.

EBF Park Stakes 24th March 2019

The Goffs Lacken Stakes Sunday 19th May 2019

The Naas Oaks Trials Wednesday 26th June 2019

For those involved in the horse racing and equine breeding industries called reservation on 045 -989 900 to ask about our discounted rates when attending Goffs sales. We are only a 15 minute drive from the sales ring.