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of the Longines Irish Champions Weekend moves to the historic venue of the
Curragh Racecourse. The racecourse has been completely redeveloped and now
rivals the best sporting destinations in the world. Enjoy a fantastic day top-class
racing, fashion and live music.
your taste buds to a day of food and beverages at the new-look Curragh and enjoy
our Artisan Food Village featuring some of County Kildare’s leading food
producers. Fun for all the family with kids’ entertainment on the day.
You can also 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
around the world-famous Curragh.
Racing at the Curragh
The Curragh Racecourse is home to all five Irish Classic races and is the venue for the second day of Longines Irish Champions Weekend on Sunday, September 15th.
The four Group 1 races on the nine-race card are the Comer Group International Irish St Leger, the final Irish Classic of the season, the Moyglare Stud Stakes, the Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes and the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes.
A new race this year will see nine legendary retired jockeys get back in the saddle for the Champions Race for Cancer Trials Ireland. The field has been assembled by the great Pat Smullen and will include AP McCoy, Ruby Walsh, Paul Carberry and Johnny Murtagh.
The weekend will be action packed with the focus on showcasing Ireland as a world centre of excellence for horse racing and breeding.
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. Everyone under 18 years of age can attend free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult.
Book your weekend ticket to Longines Irish Champions Weekend below.
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 12 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 legendary National Hunt trainer Willie
Mullins, in 2016 but regained his crown with an authoritative nine-length win the
following year. Aidan O'Brien won the race again in 2018 with Flag Of Honour.
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 in 2017 on Happily,
trained by Aidan O'Brien which led home a 1-2-3 for the Ballydoyle
stable. Last year’s race was won by the Patrick Prendergast-trained
Skitter Scatter which was ridden by Ronan Whelan. She provided both men with a
first Group 1 success.
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 in 2017 but the race went for export last year as
Quorto scored for Charlie Appleby and owners Godolphin. Like the Moyglare Stud
Stakes, the Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes is run over seven furlongs.
promotion of the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes is a terrific boost for
Longines Irish Champions Weekend and the Curragh Racecourse. The race was run
as a Group 1 for the first-time last 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 is just the fourth Group 1 sprint over five
furlongs in Europe. As a Group 2 in 2017, 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 first winner
of the race as a Group 1 was the Karl Burke-trained Havana Grey.
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 Kildare in your outfit.
This year the Most Stylish Gentlemen and Lady will be in with a chance of winning a classic Longines timepiece and an overnight stay for two in The 5* Merrion Hotel luxurious deluxe guestroom, spa treatments at The Merrion Spa, a Champagne breakfast and dinner with wine in The Garden Room restaurant.
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.
Situated on the top floor of the new Curragh grandstand, the St. Leger restaurant offers 3-course A la carte fine dining in the most stunning location Irish racing has to offer overlooking the race track and surrounding countryside. The St. Leger restaurant dining experience has received universal praise from guests and it is the ultimate VIP hospitality experience at a height of 20 meters above the racecourse. St. Leger bookings include reserved car parking and access to level 2 grandstand seating.
€295 per person (prices include VAT & exclude beverages).
The Oaks Restaurant is a stunning dining room in a
great location on level 2 of the new grandstand. Oaks Restaurant guests can
also enjoy exclusive use of a reserved balcony overlooking the parade ring and
the champagne terrace below.
Prices include admission, race cards, 3-course À la carte dining
followed by tea & coffee. Guests may be on shared tables depending on group
€255 per person (prices include VAT & exclude beverages).
The Curragh Racecourse
Ireland has five main ferry ports – Belfast, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Larne and Rosslare, and seven main airports - Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Kerry, Knock, Shannon and Waterford. If travelling from Great Britain to Ireland by ferry, you can bring your car or go as a foot passenger.
Visit Ireland.com for more information.
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.
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