Leopardstown boss Pat Keogh takes over as Curragh CEO

Leopardstown boss Pat Keogh has been announced as the CEO of the Curragh with immediate effect, taking over from the outgoing Derek McGrath. 

It’s understood that Keogh will balance both roles in the short term before concentrating entirely on the Curragh once a new management team is put in place at Leopardstown.

Keogh said: “I look forward to the challenges provided by the Curragh – it's a racecourse that has always had impressive credentials in terms of its track and race programme and now has the facilities to match.

“I look forward to meeting the team there. In tandem, I would like to pay tribute to my own team and all of the staff at Leopardstown who have been an absolute pleasure to work with and have dedicated themselves to bringing Leopardstown to the position it is in now.”

Horse Racing Ireland chief Brian Kavanagh believes the track faces “many challenges” but describes himself as delighted about the appointment of Keogh.

He said: “The Curragh development is one of which we can be proud and is a racecourse for customers at all levels to enjoy and be welcome. It is the headquarters of Irish racing and a huge asset for County Kildare. 

“The Curragh faces many challenges and I'm delighted Pat has agreed to take up this position and help establish the Curragh’s reputation as one of Ireland’s most enjoyable sporting venues. He and his team have done a remarkable job during his time at Leopardstown.”

Meanwhile, Padraig McManus, chairman of the Curragh, added: “I would like to thank outgoing CEO Derek McGrath and wish him well, he has been a driving force in delivering the world class facilities which we now have at the Curragh.  

“I'm delighted we have been able to secure the services of an experienced racecourse CEO of the calibre of Pat Keogh. I welcome him to the Curragh and look forward to working with him. I appreciate the co-operation of Horse Racing Ireland and Leopardstown in this regard.”