Curragh launch new Derby initiative

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Updated: February 15, 2011

The Curragh Racecourse today announced an exciting initiative that aims to maximise both the quality and quantity of runners for this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, which takes place at the County Kildare venue on Sunday, 26th June.

The “Run for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby” incentive will apply to horses entered for the €1.25 million Classic at the first and second entry stages, which in 2011 win any Group or Listed race in Ireland or any Group race run in Europe, and which subsequently run in the 2011 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.

Owners of horses meeting the above qualifying criteria will receive a €12,500 refund from their entry fee into the race. This will cover the total cost of entry fees for any horse already entered at the first entry stage and the full initial cost of the second entry fee (€12,500 to be paid on Wednesday, 23rd February) for horses not yet entered in the race.

The incentive only applies to horses entered by February 23rd and will not apply to any horses entered at the supplementary entry stage.

Paul Hensey, The Curragh Racecourse Manager, commented: “We have been working closely with Horse Racing Ireland to consider a variety of options to encourage owners to run their horses in this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby and compete for the €1.25 million on offer with prize money available all the way down to 8th place. We hope that any owners and trainers who missed the initial entry stage will now enter at the second entry stage, which closes on 23rd February, to avail of this special incentive. ”

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