2011 Abu Dhabi Irish Guineas Festival
- Saturday, May 21 – Sunday, May 22
Location: The Curragh Racecourse
The 2011 Summer racing season at the Curragh starts with two spectacular race days on Saturday, May 21st and Sunday, May 22nd with the Abu Dhabi sponsored Irish Guineas Festival.
Saturday, May 21st – First post 9:10am ET
Saturday features a clash of Europe’s top colts in the Group 1 Abu Dhabi Irish 2000 Guineas. Other races include the Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes with top sprinters from Ireland and Britain featured in the six furlong contest. The Group 3 TRI Equestrian Stakes and the TP Wagers Marble Hill Stakes will also be featured on the exciting seven race program.
Sunday, May 22nd – First post 8:40am ET
Sunday features Europe’s top fillies competing for Classic race glory in the Group 1 Etihad Airways Irish 1000 Guineas.
Other features include some of Europe’s best middle distance horses lining up in the Tattersalls Gold Cup with first entries for the Group 1 contest including Workforce, Snow Fairy, Cape Blanco, and Fame and Glory. The winner receives and automatic entry into the Arlington Million.
Other races on the day include the Group 3 Airlie Stud Gallinule Stakes, an established trial for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, while the winner receives an automatic entry in the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park.