About the Irish Derby Festival
Friday 29th June to Sunday 1st July 2018 (Provisional Dates)
The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival is the pinnacle of the Irish racing and social calendar. The special combination of thrilling sporting action, brilliant live entertainment, delicious food and drink, dazzling glamour or casual comfort is unequalled.
The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival is the pinnacle of the flat race season with top class International horses, trainers and jockeys from many countries converging on the Kildare venue over 3 fabulous days to settle scores and confirm reputations.
The quality of racing is unrivalled with a total of 24 - Group 1, Group 2, Group 3 and other valuable contests taking place, often featuring winners from Royal Ascot, The English and French Classics and
many other UK and International equine stars.
Derby Friday: is a real "party night" with evening racing and live bands keeping the atmosphere alive until late into the night.
Derby Saturday: is THE social day of the year with top quality racing including the iconic Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby itself.
Derby Sunday: concludes the meeting and is themed as a family day with tremendous quality racing as well. Altogether it's a "must see weekend" for any serious racing fan.