The GAA has turned down a request from The Curragh to re-schedule the Kildare-Tyrone qualifier game to avoid clashing with the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.

Kildare host Tyrone in Newbridge at 5pm on Saturday, while just five miles away, the recently refurbished Curragh will host its most important race of the year, the Derby, won last year by Latrobe trained by Joseph O'Brien. 

In addition to concerns that the clash will impact on attendances, there are fears that the volume of traffic may cause havoc for racegoers, with roadworks still ongoing on the N7.

Curragh CEO Derek McGrath admitted his disappointment to the Racing Post but said he respected that the GAA were limited in their own room for manoeuvre given the number of games at the weekend.  

"Certainly it's disappointing for the Derby itself given the proximity of both events," McGrath told the outlet.

 "An approach was made to the GAA but we have to respect the fact it has a lot of matches on at the weekend and it has to make decisions in the best interests of its own sport.

"It's an unfortunate clash as they're both important events. Unfortunately the GAA weren't able to meet our requests. 

"A request was made that the match be played later or on another day but that was denied and we have to respect that. We're still looking forward to a great three days of racing."

The Kildare-Tyrone game is already pencilled in to be televised on Sky Sports as part of a double header with the Mayo-Armagh match in Castlebar, which throws in at 7pm. 

This is the second year running that the Derby has collided with a big game in St Conleth's Park, with Kildare's famous 'Newbridge or Nowhere' game clashing with the 2018 race.