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The Irish Champion Stakes, the second-best race in the Longines World Thoroughbred Rankings in 2020, and the Coolmore America ‘Justify’ Matron Stakes, ranked as the world’s best fillies and mares’ race for the past few years, are the highlights on the opening afternoon at Leopardstown.
Racing at Leopardstown
A prestigious eight-race card features five Group races. 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.
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has become a leading contest in world horse racing; ranked the second-best race in the Longines World Thoroughbred Rankings in 2020. Previous winners include Sadler’s Wells, Dylan Thomas, Sea The Stars,
Fantastic Light, So You think, The Fugue, Snow Fairy, Golden Horn, Almanzor, Roaring Lion and Magical (2019, 2020).
of the best races of the season and the first of six Group 1 races on
Longines Irish Champions Weekend, the Coolmore America 'Justify' 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. The 2017 renewal was particularly strong with Hydrangea and Winter,
both trained by Aidan O'Brien, fighting out a thrilling race which
was to be ranked as the world’s best fillies and mares’ race of the year. In
2018, the Karl Burke-trained Laurens just got the better of big local hope
Saturday 11th September 2021
12.40pm 1st Race: The Ballylinch Stud EBF Ingabelle Stakes (Listed)
1.10pm 2nd Race: The KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes (Group 2)
1.40pm 3rd Race: The Coolmore America 'Justify’ Matron Stakes (Group 1)
2.10pm 4th Race: The Clipper Logistics Boomerang Mile (Group 2)
2.45pm 5th Race: The Irish Champion Stakes (Group 1)
3.15pm 6th Race: The Paddy Power Stakes of €100,000
3.45pm 7th Race: The Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Petingo' Handicap
4.20pm 8th Race: The Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Sovereign Path' Handicap
At The Races
Style and Fashion is at the heart of Longines
Irish Champions Weekend.
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 Irish Champions Weekend is synonymous with style and will see a weekend of high fashion kicking off at Leopardstown on Saturday, September 11 and The Curragh on Sunday, September 12.
Furthermore, the Longines Irish Champions Weekend Young Designer Award will take place on Sunday where three finalists will be showcasing their designs and the overall winner will be announced, chosen by a judging panel of Courtney, EVOKE editor Sybil Mulcahy and a Longines representative, so stay tuned to see the winner.
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, 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.
Packages for 2021 will be available soon.
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, a €10 food voucher a €5 Tote voucher and a race card. Please note the Champions Bundle must be purchased in advance and it cannot be purchased on the day.
The 1888 Restaurant is located in the heart of the action on the second level of the Grandstand. Overlooking the parade ring on one side and has access to grandstand viewing which ensures you don't miss any of the action. Savour racing in this prime location with à la carte style Dining. This package includes admission tickets, complimentary programmes, Tote betting facilities and TV'S. Should you wish to view racing from a reserved seat in the Grandstand, you can purchase a Premium Level seat upgrade for €20 (subject to availability). To guarantee reservations you must pre-book.
Leopardstown is conveniently located in South County Dublin
and is easily accessible with excellent transport links from Dublin city
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.
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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.
Packages from €149pp
Longines Irish Champions Weekend
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