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Day two of the Longines Irish Champions weekend moves to the historic venue of the Curragh racecourse, home of Ireland's classics. Enjoy an amazing day of fashion, top-class racing and live music.
Treat your taste buds to a day of food and beverages at the Curragh Garden Plaza. Families can enjoy the new family friendly enclosure, located in the infield of the racecourse with an exciting variety of free entertainment for children. Access to the infield is through the main entrance and is available to anyone with a race day ticket
If you are looking to add adventure to your day, why not book our popular Thoroughbred Trail. The trail brings you an exciting opportunity to go behind the scenes at many of the leading training yards and stud farms.
Longines Irish Champion Weekend is the unmissable event the year
Racing At the Curragh
The historic Curragh is home to all five Irish Classic races and is the venue for the second day of Longines Irish Champions Weekend on Sunday, September 16th 2018.
There are three Group 1 races on the eight-race card and pride of place goes to the Comer Group International Irish St Leger, the final Irish Classic of the season.
Please note, due to the ongoing redevelopment project at the Curragh Racecourse, there is reduced capacity at this venue.
Weekend Admission and T-Trail
2018 Tickets will be available soon for purchase
Opened up to allow older horses to compete in 1983, this race has been
won by some truly great stayers with the older horses holding sway over their
younger rivals on many occasions. Melbourne Cup winner Vintage Crop won the
Irish St. Leger on the way to his historic triumph
Australia in 1993 before scoring again twelve months later, while Oscar
Schindler and two-time Ascot Gold Cup hero Kayf Tara were other dual winners.
The brilliant Vinnie Roe won on four consecutive occasions (2001 - 2004) while the record breaking four-time Ascot Gold Cup winner Yeats triumphed
in 2007. More recently, there have been equally impressive winners
with Brown Panther recording a six-and-a-half length win for Tom Dascombe in 2014 while Order Of St George raced clear
in the straight to win the 2015 renewal by all of 11 lengths under Joseph
he suffered a surprise defeat at odds of 1/7 favourite when losing out Wicklow
Brave, a first Classic success for Willie Mullins, last year.
This Group 1 contest always attracts top-class sorts. Originally a
six furlong contest, the distance was upped to seven furlongs in 1992 when it
was won by Clive Brittain-trained Sayyedati who subsequently won the English
1,000 Guineas the following spring. Since then other fillies that have gone on
to Classic glory were the 1997 winner Tarascon (won Irish 1,000 Guineas in
1998), the 2008 winner Again (won Irish 1,000 Guineas in 2009) and the 2010
winner Misty For Me (won Irish 1,000 Guineas in 2011).
Sequoyah gave Aidan O'Brien his first success in the race in 2000 and he
saddled his seventh winner when the brilliant Minding took the honours in 2015,
the first of her seven Group 1 wins. Last year’s renewal saw Intricately,
trained by Joseph O'Brien and ridden by his brother Donnacha, narrowly beat
Aidan’s runner Hydrangea.
Regarded as Ireland’s most important two-year-old race, legendary trainer Vincent
O’Brien saddled the winner on no fewer than 15 occasions with victories from
some true giants of the turf like Sir Ivor and Roberto. In more recent
times, trainer Aidan O’Brien has come to the fore with winners such as Desert
King, King Of
Kings, George Washington, Mastercraftsman and Gleneagles. Gleneagles went on to win both
the English 2,000 Guineas and the Irish equivalent the following year and also
win the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. Air Force Blue made it 10 wins
for O’Brien when running out a ready winner in 2015 and Ballydoyle’s dominance
in the race was further emphasised last September when Churchill ran out the
easiest of winners. Like the Moyglare Stud Stakes, the Goffs Vincent O'Brien
National Stakes is run over a distance of seven furlongs.
At The Races
Longines Irish Champions Weekend is delighted to bring you
the second phase of Longines Prize for Elegance in association with Kildare
Village at The Curragh.
Day two provides another opportunity to create an
outfit that reflects your own individual style and elegance to watch the oldest
Irish classic, The Comer international group Irish St Leger. Use your
imagination and capture the beauty of the Kildare countryside in your outfit.
Pre-register for the Longines Prize for elegance and receive a complimentary personal shopping experience at Kildare Village. The offer will be open from 16 August 2017 until 8 September 2017. The offer is subject to availability. See below for further terms & conditions.
The Most Stylish Lady will receive an elegant timepiece from the latest collection by
Longines while she will also receive a Kildare Village €3K shopping experience
to be spent at any of their luxury stores. She will also receive a year’s
complimentary hairdressing at the David Marshall Hair Salon to the value of €2k. David's
salon is one of the most iconic in Dublin and he still remains a favourite for
many well-known celebrities. The four runners up will receive vouchers
from both Kildare Village and David Marshall.
Stylish Man will win a fabulous prize with Longines presenting
him with a magnificent timepiece, while he will also receive a €2k shopping
spree from Kildare Village and a €500 voucher to spend with David Marshall Hair
salon. The four runners up will receive vouchers from both Kildare Village and
The Curragh Racecourse’s hospitality packages and private suites have once again sold out for Day 2 of Longines Irish Champions Weekend. Food and beverages can be enjoyed in our ‘Garden Plaza’. For further information please call +353 (0)45 441205
The Champagne Bar is located beside the parade in the heart of all the action. The package includes: admission, complimentary racecard, reserved table for the day and a three course meal.
Located downstairs in the high quality two storey hospitality marquee, the Legends Restaurant will make a day at the races a treat. With a capacity for over 150 guests the restaurant is ideally suited to larger groups and parties.
With magnificent views of the track and parade, located on the top floor of the Curragh hospitality marquee, you can sample wonderful food and views. With a capacity for over 150 guests each of the restaurants are ideally suited to larger groups and parties.SOLD OUT
Street food and craft beer is the feature of
the day in the Curragh Garden Plaza with live music on the day.
Garden Plaza will showcase a variety of high
quality restaurants from County Kildare. Celebrating Kildare's food
heritage, a host of notable Kildare restaurants and hotels will provide a range
of their signature dishes created from locally sourced produce.
in the heart of the action The Curragh Garden Plaza is the perfect place to
meet your friends, sample the wonderful food and drinks on offer as well as
watching the live bands on stage and the atmosphere of the Longines Prize for
The Curragh Racecourse
By CarFrom Dublin take Exit 9 off the M50 onto the N7 southbound. Take Exit 12 off the M7. When you arrive, you’ll find plenty of free car parking. Visit the AA Roadwatch website for more travel information.
By BusDublin Coach provide a race day service from Dublin City Centre (Burgh Quay), Dublin Airport, Belfast, Limerick, Killarney Ennis and Tralee, also stopping in Newbridge, Naas, Kildare Town, Monasterevin and PortlaoiseSee www.dublincoach.ie.
By RailMainline trains from Heuston Station (Dublin), Waterford, Cork, Limerick and Galway to Kildare Town with complimentary shuttle bus to the racecourse. Call Iarnród Éireann at: +353 (0) 1 836 6222.
The Curragh Racecourse
A unique opportunity for racing fans.
Dress To Impress & Win This Year's Longines Prize For Elegance
The Curragh 10th September