Curragh crowds hit by building works
THE crowd at the Curragh for today’s Irish Derby will be restricted to 6,000 as redevelopment work continues apace at the HQ of Irish Racing.
A much bigger attendance is expected for a rival attraction nearby in Newbridge for the All-Ireland football clash between Kildare and Mayo.
Curragh chief executive Derek McGrath has conceded that some racegoers, irritated by all the disruption and temporary facilities, have decided they will not return to the Curragh until 2019.
Only 5,412 attended the Derby 12 months ago but with part of the roof now on McGrath is confident that the 72 million project will be completed on budget and on target this Christmas.