The one-hour documentary narrated by actress Fionnula Flanagan, brings viewers back to its humble beginnings, held at the legendary Curragh racecourse since 1866. Set against the backdrop of relevant historical events, using rare archive footage and very special location access, the programme explores the magic of its colourful and inspirational past to becoming a top international race and social occasion.
This year (2020) marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary racehorse Nijinsky’s achievements, including winning the Irish Derby and the British Triple Crown, a feat that hasn’t been achieved since. We explore the impact these achievements had on the breeding industry worldwide, through his sire Northern Dancer, as the art of breeding is at the heart of it all.
This big day out at the historic Curragh racecourse is one of the most important dates on the social calendar. Former top fashion designer Ib Jorgensen played his part in the glamour stakes by making sure his clients didn’t turn up in the same outfit!
Contributors to the show include trainers Aidan and Joseph O’ Brien, Dermot Weld, John Gosden and Michael Stoute, jockey Frankie Dettori, former jockeys Lester Piggott, Michael Kinane and Pat Smullen, historians Aine Hensey and Guy Williams and John Magnier from Coolmore Stud. There are significant sound bites from Vincent O’Brien and showbiz legend Bing Crosby.
Includes Audio Description and Subtitles.
Made with the support of the The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland