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The QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes and the Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes are the highlights on the opening afternoon at Leopardstown with the latter being ranked as the world’s best fillies and mares’ race in 2017. The day one programme has been enhanced with the promotion of the Willis Towers Watson Champions Juvenile Turf from Group 3 to Group 2 status and the introduction of a new Listed contest for two-year-old fillies.
quality racing is a programme of events including Longines Prize for Elegance. Enjoy one of the
best days racing in the world along with elegant fashion, and off-track
entertainment including music, gourmet food and beverages.
Racing at Leopardstown
The QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes and the Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes are the two Group 1 races on the opening day of Longines Irish Champions Weekend and share top-billing at Leopardstown.
A prestigious eight-race card offers a total prize fund of €2.45 million and features five Group races, a new Listed contest and two high-class handicaps each valued at €150,000.
Day one at Leopardstown features some of the best flat racing in the world and is a wonderful Irish sporting occasion not to be missed.
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.
There is also an opportunity to purchase an upgraded Day
1 ticket, these include Champions Bundle and
Hospitality Options. You can purchase our upgraded tickets via
the Leopardstown racecourse website www.leopardstown.com.
Tickets for 2019 will be on sale soon!
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, the Roger Charlton-trained Decorated Knight led home a 1-2-3 for British-based runners. The last six renewals of the race have been won by overseas raiders with Almanzor, trained in France by Jean-Claude Rouget, winning one of the best renewals two years ago.
View QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes entries
Undoubtedly one of the best races of the season and the first of six 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 the following 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 recent winners include the likes of Soviet Song, Lush Lashes and Lillie Langtry. Last year’s renewal was particularly strong with Hydrangea and Winter, bothtrained by Aidan O'Brien, fighting out a thrilling race which was to be ranked as the world’s best fillies and mares’ race in 2017.
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 is one of the most highly-regarded
fashion competitions in the sporting world and provides an abundance of
fashion, excitement, style, colour and theatre. The weekend of fashion continues to grow in prestige and stature, attracting media attention and style ambassadors from around the world.
The Most Stylish Gentlemen and Lady will receive an luxury overnight stay for two people in The 5* Merrion Hotel including a Champagne Breakfast and Dinner with wine at the award winning Cellar Restaurant, a classic Longines timepiece from their latest collection, as well as many more amazing prizes.
The Merrion, located in the heart of Dublin city centre, is the capital’s most luxurious five star hotel, and a proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World. The 142-bedroom and suite hotel is as welcoming as it is stylish. An impeccable restoration of four Georgian townhouses, The Merrion is a marriage of exquisite comfort, relaxed elegance and advanced guest facilities, including free Wi-Fi, an 18m pool, spa and gym. The Merrion is home to the 2-star Michelin Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, The Cellar Bar, The Garden Room, and the intimate No. 23 Cocktail Bar. This 5 star luxury hotel is to be found in the heart of Georgian Dublin, opposite Government Buildings and a few minutes’ walk from galleries, museums, the I.F.S.C, Dublin Convention Centre, pubs, restaurants and the shops of Grafton Street.
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. Relax in this beautifully appointed area, complete with white picket fence, umbrellas, summer garden and non-reserved complimentary seating.
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 admission to racing (€25 advance ticket), a €10 food voucher a €5 Tote voucher and a race card (€3).
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.
Leopardstown is conveniently located in South County Dublin
and is easily accessible with excellent transport links from Dublin city
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.
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.
Great value packages to suit all budgets from only € 175pp
Dress To Impress & Win This Year's Longines Prize For Elegance
Enjoy The Unique Boutique Champions Sale At The Parade Ring Before Racing