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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 fantastic day of fashion, top-class racing and live music.
Treat your taste buds to a day of food and beverages at the Curragh and enjoy our Artisan Food Village featuring some of Kildare’s leading food producers. Fun for all the family with kids entertainment on the day.
Add adventure to your day and 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.
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 four 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.
The weekend will be action packed with the focus on showcasing Ireland as a world centre of excellence for horse racing and breeding.
2019 tickets on sale soon.
There are also other Day 2 ticket types available,
such as Senior, Junior, Thoroughbred Trail and Hospitality. These can be
purchased via the Curragh racecourse.
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 O’Brien. However, he
suffered a surprise defeat at odds of 1/7 favourite when losing out Wicklow
Brave, a first Classic success for Willie Mullins, in 2016 but regained his
crown with an authoritative nine-length win 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 the Clive Brittain-trained Sayyedati which 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. The 2016 renewal saw Intricately, trained by Joseph
O'Brien and ridden by his brother Donnacha, narrowly beat Aidan’s runner
Hydrangea. Donnacha followed up that success when winning the race for a second
time last year on Happily, trained by Aidan O'Brien which led home a 1-2-3 for
the Ballydoyle stable.
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 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 in 2016 when Churchill ran out the easiest of winners. However, Jim
Bolger sent out his fourth winner of the race when Verbal Dexterity beat the
Gordon Elliott-trained Beckford to win the race last year. Like the Moyglare
Stud Stakes, the Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes is run over seven
The promotion of the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes is
a terrific boost for Longines Irish Champions Weekend and the Curragh
Racecourse. The race will be run as a Group 1 for the first time in September,
fulfilling a long-held ambition to have such a race in Ireland for older
horses. The Flying Five sits perfectly within the European calendar between the
Nunthorpe Stakes at York and the Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp and will be just
the fourth Group 1 sprint over five furlongs in Europe. Its prizemoney will be
increased from €300,000 to €350,000 for 2018. As a Group 2 last year, the Derrinstown
Stud Flying Five Stakes was won by the Aidan O'Brien-trained Caravaggio which
had won the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. In 2015, the Edward
Lynam-trained Sole Power, successful in five Group 1 races, was the winner.
The Curragh – Sunday 16th September
2:00pm 1st Race: EBF
Bold Lad Premier Handicap 6f
2.35pm 2nd Race: Moyglare
“Jewels” Blandford Stakes (Group 2)
3.05pm 3rd Race: Derrinstown
Stud Flying Five (Group 1)
3.40pm 4th Race: Moyglare
Stud Stakes (Group 1)
4.15pm 5th Race: Goffs
Vincent O’Brien National Stakes (Group 1)
4.50pm 6th Race: Comer
Group International Irish St Leger (Group 1)
5.25pm 7th Race: Tattersalls
Ireland Super Auction Sales Stakes
6.00pm 8th Race: EBF
Northfields Premier Handicap 12f
At The Races
Longines Irish Champions Weekend is delighted to bring you
the second phase of Longines Prize for Elegance 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 in your outfit.
The Most Stylish Gentlemen and Lady will receive a luxury overnight stay for two people in The 5* Merrion Hotel including a Champagne Breakfast and Dinner with wine at The Garden Room 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.
The Curragh is currently in the process of building our state
of the art new Grandstand and Guest facilities, so for this season for Longines
Irish Champions Weekend Day 2 we can offer you our fabulous Champions Terrace Hospitality
Package at €259 pp. The Champions Terrace is
located on the Top Level of our hospitality marquee located overlooking the pre
parade and parade ring. For further information please call 045-441205 or email
alternatively you can book directly online at www.curragh.ie
This dining experience includes Racecourse Admission, a 3 Course Lunch, Mini Afternoon Tea, Reserved Table for the Day and Race card for each guest. Menus are designed, cooked and served by Ireland's Event Caterer of the Year for 2016 and 2017 John Coughlan Catering.BOOK NOW
New for Champions weekend this year we will have
our North Plaza Food & Beverage Zone where an array of hand held food &
drink options will be available. Dave's Pizza, which has just
found its permanent home in Dublin's George's Street Arcade, offers wood-fired
pizza made on-site. Their sourdough pizzas are handmade right in front of
guests from their eye-catching monochrome food truck. From the Home
Fries truck we will be delivering pan fried baby potatoes in the form of
patatas bravas or smothered in chipper curry, garlic and cheese, chorizo or pulled
pork. A festival favourite, The Pig’s Tale offers a range of
quality gourmet burgers and delicious pulled pork baps to complement our wider
offering and refreshment will be available at our Rockshore Bar.
food is the feature of the day in the Curragh Garden Plaza showcasing 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 as well as lots
of beverage options. Located right in the heart of the action The
Curragh Garden Plaza is the perfect place to meet your friends, sample the
wonderful food and drinks as well as watching the horses parade and race.
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 16th September