GBI RACING

Curragh ground set fair for big Guineas weekend

Action at the Curragh (PA)

Ground conditions are expected to be good at the Curragh for the Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival at the weekend.

Dry weather is forecast to last through until Saturday, with the prospect of only a little rain on Sunday ahead of racing, but officials report the course to be in fine shape.

“Conditions continue to be good. We are expecting it to be dry from now until Saturday,” said chief executive Derek McGrath.

“On Sunday there is a slight risk of a little bit of rain, but we’re talking no ore than a millimetre at the moment on Sunday morning.

“The ground is good, but there is still a good bit of juice in the ground, so we are expecting it to remain that way.

“The round course does dry up a bit quicker, so it is possible there might be some selective watering, but we will be judicious with it.

“At the moment we are expecting to have good ground all weekend. We are really looking forward to it.”

McGrath reports the redevelopment work at Irish Headquarters to be taking shape.

“It is looking very good and the venue itself is getting closer to what we want it to be next year,” he said.

“We are looking at steel going up on the roof now, so we are beginning to see a grandstand shape coming to life.”

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