Minutes after the Irish-bred Tahoo raced to victory in the 5.20pm, the Irish sibling quartet took to the stage. Caroline and Jim appeared first, announcing the set with a thunderous drum solo that showed, for Caroline at least, a decade long break had not dimmed her energy.
Opening with “I Do What I Want” – from the White Light album that brought them back into public eye after ten years of relative quiet - The Corrs kept up that energy showing off some of their new material in the first part of the performance.
Soon though, the best-known of their trademark folk-pop put in an appearance and, as Andrea said, they got “a little Irish” bringing some traditional tunes before moving into the melodic and resonant Ennis Island – another of the new records’ offerings, and this one a heartfelt anthem on emigration.
But it was when Jim gave up his keyboard to Caroline, picked up a guitar and started on the 1995 hit Runaway that the post races crowd really came awake. For a twenty year old song, the lyrics same easily to many on the Knavesmire on Saturday afternoon and the sing-along spirit carried on into the equally popular “I Never Really Loved You Anyway”.
There was time left in the schedule for a couple more hits – ‘Dreams’ and ‘So Young’ – and the comeback album’s electro-tinged title track White Light before the last song was announced. An hour and a half under the Knavesmire’s blue skies ended with another sing-along hit – Leave Me Breathless – and another dip into the traditional Irish songbook before the performance was book ended with another energetic drum solo.