Leopardstown: Saturday 10th September 2016
The Curragh: Sunday 11th September 2016
Gates Open 12pm | First Race 3:30pm | Last Race 7:20pm (approx times)
Longines Irish Champions Weekend is a spectacular two-day meeting featuring ten Group races (Five Group 1 races) run across two legendary Irish racecourses. This year's weekend showcases the iconic fixtures, the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes and the Palmerstown House Estate Irish St. Leger. With prize money exceeding €4.5 million, it is one of the richest and most glamorous meetings on the international racing calendar. It's a weekend not to be missed!
Feature race, the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes, is the fourth highest-rated race in the world and comes with a prize fund of €1.25milion. Last year Golden Horn and Frankie Dettori claimed the title. The day also hosts the Group 1 Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes won by Legatissimo.
Given the calibre of the racing, the style stakes are equally as high at the Longines Irish Champions weekend. This year is the second running of the Longines Prize for Elegance and it is open to all race goers on the two days with a prize fund of over €25,000 to be won across the weekend. The Prize for Elegance combines shopping experiences from Ireland's elite fashion houses. Longines will also gift the male and female winners each day with elegant timepieces from their latest collection. Register for Longines Prize for Elegance
This year we have introduced a new fashion concept to day one of Longines Irish Champions Weekend - Champion Hat sponsored by Moët & Chandon. Champion Hat competition will be solely judged on the hat or headpiece inviting entrants to be as creative or as subtle as they wish. Broadcaster Rachel Wyse and Cathy Donoghue, Fashion and Beauty editor of Her.ie will be on hand to judge the competition. The Champion Hat winner will receive a weekend stay in the 5 star Merrion Hotel, along with a magnum of Moët & Chandon to enjoy on the day at Leopardstown and another to enjoy during their stay at the Merrion Hotel.
The Champions Quarter Marquee is open to all racegoers to Leopardstown on QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes Day. The Champions Quarter Marquee is the place to be to enjoy the atmosphere of Longines Irish Champions Weekend. This elegant bespoke Marquee will host a range of complimentary entertainment which includes: Longines Prize for Elegance, Champagne Bar, the Winning Line tipster panel, Tote Betting Facilities, LCD TV's, food and refreshment areas followed by Music after racing.
Goffs will hold a boutique Champion Sale of Horses in Training. The exclusive sale will take place in the parade ring before racing begins. Buyers from around the racing world will be present for one of the most eagerly anticipated racing events of the year.
The 'Brass Tacks' are a 4 piece
band, comprised of accomplished musicians who have played with well-known
successful acts such as The Frames, Bell-X1, James Vincent Mc Morrow, Jerry
Fish & more. Their setlist is upbeat and fun from the moment they hit the stage.
Playing classics from all genres – their mission is to keep people dancing on
the floor all night. 'When it comes down to ‘brass tacks', the band
are either good or they're not. This band are brilliant and are well
worth waiting for - after the last race.
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You won't go hungry or thirsty at Leopardstown! Savour the day with our Pavilion Premium Package, located on the Mezzanine Level of the Leopardstown Pavilion or our Pavilion Package, located on the lower level of the Leopardstown Pavilion. See packages below. Don't forget to experience the thrills of horse racing and soak up the unique atmosphere of Longines Irish Champions Weekend.
Sunday morning begins with the Curragh Thoroughbred Trail, which will give racegoers a behind-the-scenes look into the operations of some of the world's most famous trainers and stud farms.
The feature race is the Palmerstown House Estate Irish St. Leger. Attractions throughout the afternoon will include the wonderful Kildare Foodscape Village featuring some of the top restaurants and food producers from County Kildare and the Moyglare Kids Zone.
It's the place to be to enjoy the atmosphere of Longines Irish Champions Weekend all for the price of just the admission fee of €20(online). Book now!
You won't go hungry or thirsty at Leopardstown we have various hospitality options.
The Longines Prize for Elegance is open to all race goers with the prize worth over €25,000
Ticket Hotline: (01) 289 0500