• Day 1 : Leopardstown

    Saturday 15th September 2018

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    Day 1

    The feature race on day one of Longines Irish Champions Weekend is the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes which is the highest-rated turf race in the world. Witness the top thoroughbreds from around the world compete for the €2.3 million in prize-money on an eight race card.

    Alongside top quality racing is a programme of events including Longines Prize for Elegance and Moët & Chandon Champion Hat competitions. Enjoy one of the best days racing in the world along with elegant fashion, and off-track entertainment including music, gourmet food and beverages.

    Leopardstown is conveniently located in South County Dublin and is easily accessible with excellent transport links from Dublin city centre.

  • Day 1

    Racing at Leopardstown

    The feature race on day one is the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes with a prize fund of €1.25 million.

    A prestigious eight race card with a total prize fund of €2.3 million is on offer including five Group races and two Handicaps each valued at €150,000.  

    Day one, features some of the best flat racing in the world and is a wonderful Irish sporting occasion not to be missed.


  • Ticket


    General admission tickets give you access to the entire racecourse enclosure including the lower level of the grandstand. Children U16 are free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult.

    On this site you can purchase:

    Day Ticket (early bird) €25

    Weekend Ticket (early bird) €45

    There are also other upgraded Day 1 ticket types available, such as the Champions Bundle and Hospitality Options. These can be purchased via the Leopardstown racecourse website www.leopardstown.com

  • Day 1

    Racing at Leopardstown

    The feature race on day one is the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes with a prize fund of €1.25 million.

    A prestigious eight race card with a total prize fund of €2.3 million is on offer including five Group races and two Handicaps each valued at €150,000.  

    Day one, features some of the best flat racing in the world and is a wonderful Irish sporting occasion not to be missed.


  • Qipco Irish Champion Stakes
    The QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes

    This race has become a leading contest in world horse racing; ranked as the joint second highest-rated race in the world and the top rated race in Europe in 2016.  Previous honours roll call includes Sadlers Wells, Dylan Thomas, Sea the Stars, Fantastic light, So You think, The Fugue, Snow Fairy, Golden Horn and Almanzor.  Last year’s race was one of the strongest editions with 8 out of the 12 runners holding 17 Group 1 race victories between them.  Four of the runners in the race progressed to Group 1 victories in major flat races around the world; a first and second in the Prix De L’Arc de Triomphe (France), a first and second in the QIPCO British Champion Stakes (UK) and a first and second in the Breeders Cup Turf (USA).

    View QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes entries

  • The Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes LICW
    The Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes

    This is guaranteed to be one of the races of the season. The first of five Group 1 races on Longines Irish Champions Weekend, the Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes was won in great style by Legatissimo in 2015, her third top-level success of that season. Alice Springs was even more impressive when winning last year and for good measure she went on to take the Group 1 Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket next time out. Other notable winners include the likes of Soviet Song, Lush Lashes and Lillie Langtry. The Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes is a ‘Win And You’re In’ race for the 2017 Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf Championship Race and is run over a distance of one mile.

  • Fashion

    At The Races

  • Style and Fashion is at the heart of Longines Irish Champions Weekend. So why not embrace the fun of dressing up with a group of friends or family?

    The weekend welcomes racing fashions from both ladies and gents that add theatre and colour to one of the social occasions of the year. But equally the weekend encourages the comfort of chic casual or pared-down elegance, so you can relax and enjoy this important sports weekend.  In the words of Longines - elegance is an attitude.

  • Longines Prize for Elegance Leopardstown

    Longines Prize for Elegance is one of the most highly-regarded fashion competitions in the sporting world and provides an abundance of fashion, excitement, style, colour and theatre.

    A key part of the weekend, it continues to grow in prestige and stature, attracting media attention and style ambassadors from around the world; including award-winning actress Victoria Smurfit (2014) and Jessica O'Gara (2016).

    Details on Longines Prize for Elegance 2018 coming soon.

  • Moet and Chandon Champion Hat - Ladies Day

    The Champion Hat sponsored by Moët & Chandon. Millinery provides a wonderful backdrop at racing events and this competition celebrates millinery’s wonderful art, structure, colour and creativity. The Champion Hat competition creates a platform for anyone who enjoys this art-form both amateur and professional, as well as providing exposure for Irish milliners to showcase their creations on an International stage.

    Sponsored by Moët & Chandon, entries are judged solely on the hat or headpiece. Entrants can be as creative or as subtle as they wish. 

  • Food and Beverage


  • The Champion Quarter - Food and Drink Package
    The Champions Quarter

    Accessible to all patrons with a general admission ticket. Located beside the parade ring, the Champions Quarter delivers effortless sophistication and has become the social hub at Leopardstown. Enjoy food and refreshments and complimentary entertainment including Longines Prize for Elegance, Moet & Chandon champagne bar, The Winning Line, Tote betting facilities, LCD TV's and live music after racing.

  • Champions Bundle - Food and Drink Package
    Champions Bundle

    If you are looking for the best value option to start your day at Leopardstown, the Champions Bundle is the perfect choice for you. This fantastic value bundle includes entrance ticket, a five Euro Tote betting voucher, a ten Euro food voucher and a race programme. 

  • The Champion Pavillion - Food and drink Package

    Experience premium hospitality in the Leopardstown Pavilion with exclusive track-side views of the finishing straight. The Leopardstown Pavilion is a superb location to enjoy one of the most glamorous race meetings on the international racing calendar. The package includes: admission, reserved table in the pavilion, race programme, buffet style dining, mini afternoon tea, MC/Tipster, Tote betting facilities and complimentary parking. 

  • Getting to

    Leopardstown Racecourse

  • How to get there - Leopardstown

    BY CAR 

    Via the M50 - Southbound: Located just six miles south of Dublin City Centre, Leopardstown is very accessible by car, easily accessed from the M50 - exit 15.

    From City Centre: Take the N11 (Stillorgan dual carriageway) heading towards the Southeast, past Stillorgan (right). At traffic lights turn right onto Leopardstown Road R113 signposted Leopardstown. 

    BY RAIL 

    LUAS from City Centre: The LUAS offers a regular service from St. Stephen's Green to Sandyford that takes about 20 minutes. The racecourse is only a short walk from the Sandyford station which offers a complimentary shuttle bus service on the day. 

    Dart: There is a limited complimentary shuttle bus operating from Blackrock DART station to Leopardstown. 

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    Co. Dublin

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