The fixture list for next season has been announced with the number of meetings staying at 349, with Dundalk retaining their 14 fixtures.

The Irish Derby was run on a Saturday evening for the first time this season and was a qualified success, which has prompted officials to consider the same switch for the Oaks.

Curragh ' s general manager Paul Hensey said: " It is something we are considering.

" The Derby was a success this year so it is a change we are discussing with the sponsors. However, there are other considerations such as clashes with other events and the TV scheduling and times etc.

" We ' ll work our way through those and come to a conclusion.

" The TV audience for the Derby was up ۳۰۰% this year and given the poor weather, the fact the attendance was up ۵۰۰ was a major plus, too. "

Another point to note is that the Hennessy fixture at Leopardstown has been switched from its traditional Sunday slot to Saturday(February ۹) to avoid a clash with the Ireland versus England rugby international.

The Irish National(March ۳۱ - April ۲) and Punchestown Festival(April ۲۳-۲۷) fall in their ideal calendar locations.

Brian Kavanagh, chief executive of Horse Racing Ireland, said: " HRI is pleased that it has been able to retain the same overall number of fixtures in ۲۰۱۳.

" We are committed to providing sufficient races for the horse population with appropriate levels of prize money, whilst also allowing racecourses and the off - course betting industry to maximise their commercial opportunities.

" The introduction of year - round racing at Dundalk was very well received in ۲۰۱۲ and Friday evenings will continue to be scheduled throughout the winter months next year.

" The move of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby to a late afternoon Saturday card was also a successful initiative in ۲۰۱۲, attracting a larger crowd to the Curragh and a vastly increased television viewing audience.

"This will be repeated again next year and a Saturday evening meeting is also under consideration by the Curragh for the Darley Irish Oaks."