Cur­ragh crowds hit by build­ing works

The Racing Paper - - News -

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.

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