The Curragh Cup is a Group Three race run at the Curragh over one mile, six furlongs for horses aged three years or older.
Established in 1987, the contest was originally run as a Listed event, but in 1994 it was promoted to Group status and is now one of the staying highlights of the entire Irish flat season and can be used as a trial for the Irish St Leger.
With the Irish Leger not constricted to three-year-olds it allows the older generation to try and bag the coveted title and this race in July is a perfect stepping stone to the Irish Classic and Dermot Weld's Vintage Crop managed to utilise this race as a warmup for the Leger.
The classy stayer was victorious in the 1993 and 1995 Curragh Cup and that added to his 1993 and 1994 Irish St Leger crowns and during a coveted career he went on to win the 1993 Melbourne Cup as he cemented his place as one of the world's leading stayers.
Sir Michael Stoute's Daliapour was another notable winner of the Curragh Cup when he stormed to victory in the 2002 running under Michael Kinane, whilst Aidan O'Brien recorded his first success in the race in 2008 when Septimus blazed to victory for the Ballydoyle team.
John Oxx's Mkuzi was the first horse to win back-to-back renewals of the Curragh Cup in 2004 and 2005 and more recently Ed Dunlop's Red Cadeaux used this as a stepping stone to a magnificent second behind Dunaden in the Melbourne Cup.