We hope that you are safe and well during these testing times and we look forward to welcoming you back to Leopardstown Racecourse as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, below are some ways that you can maximise the enjoyment of our racing behind closed doors from the comfort and safety of your own home – Tim Husbands CEO Leopardstown Racecourse.
We are delighted to confirm that we will be racing behind closed doors during June, July and August 2020, and although the current Covid-19 restrictions do not allow public access to Leopardstown Racecourse, there are lots of ways that you can get involved and enjoy our exciting racing from home.
Take part in the Leopardstown Lockdown League, a Racing Fantasy League across all 11 Leopardstown Summer Behind Closed Doors race meetings to keep you entertained and involved from home.
All you need to do is pick one horse in each race, during our racing “behind closed doors” period and gain league points based on where each horse finishes. Points are counted across all 11 race days with the winner being decided on the final day.
Racing TV will be providing live coverage from all of our behind closed doors meeting and we are delighted to announce that from Monday, June 1 Racing TV are offering all Leopardstown subscribers a free month of Racing TV. Watch all of our behind closed doors meetings as well as over 80 live meetings from Britain and Ireland on TV, tablet and mobile.
A series of new one-hour evening programmes on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in June and early July have been confirmed by RTÉ television. We are delighted to confirm that RTÉ will be broadcasting our racing on Sunday Saturday July 11th and hope you can all tune in and enjoy our exciting racing.
Make sure you are following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and snapchat for live coverage from our behind closed doors racing. Look out for the hashtag #LiveAtLeopardstown and make sure you use it to share images of you enjoying racing from home for a chance to WIN some fantastic prizes. If you areA not already signed up to receive weekly email communications containing exciting news, competitions and special offers from Leopardstown Racecourse - make sure to do so now by clicking HERE!
We are sorry that you cannot be with us for our 2020 Bulmers Live at Leopardstown series and we hope you and your families are keeping well during these testing times. Our Head Chef John Kavanagh has kindly shared some recipes for a dishes which were meant to be served in our 1888 Restaurant this Summer and we hope that you enjoy re-creating them to bring the taste of our famous 1888 restaurant to your home. Remember to share an image of your culinary creation on social media using the hashtags #LiveAtLeopardstown and #BeInvolved for a chance to win some exciting prizes.
To celebrate what should presently be our #LiveAtLeopardstown Summer Series we have come up with some beverage ideas to help you to get creative and add a little fun to your racing from home experience. The team at Bulmers are going to give Leopardstown readers a weekly beverage recommendation as well as a weekly favourite from one of Leopardstown team.
June 4th should have marked the opening night of the 2020 Bulmers Live at Leopardstown Summer Series. As there won’t be any live music concerts over the next few months, we have been reminiscing on the fantastic music acts that we have been lucky enough to welcome from home and abroad to play at Bulmers Live at Leopardstown. We have put together a countdown of our Top 10 #LiveAtLeopardstown acts from our biggest nights over the past 10 years - let us know if you were there and who your favourite act was using #LiveAtLeopardstown on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.
A is for Apprentice. An Apprentice - in racing terms is a licenced rider aged between 16 and 25, who is working their way up to becoming a professional jockey by riding with and competing against professional jockeys. An Apprentice gets an allowance aka a claim which allows them to carry less weight than the professional jockeys which gives them a greater chance of winning a race. Once an apprentice has won 20 races their allowance or claim will reduce, and then further reduce when they have won 50 races. Pictured above is Shane Crosse who is an apprentice jockey for the super Joseph O'Brien.
Blinkers are a piece of equipment that goes over the horse’s head to direct its vision and help it concentrate in a race. Some horses lose focus and start looking around them, this device ensures that the horse concentrates on the track ahead and does not become distracted by other horses, the crowd etc. Blinkers look somewhat like a face mask and you can see an example of a horse wearing blinkers in the above image.
Black Type is a term frequently used when talking about horse’s pedigrees (family tree) and the type of races that are scheduled on a race day. A black type race is a Listed, Group 3, Group 2 or Group 1 race. We use the term Group race when referring to Flat races and Grade races when discussing Jump races. These black type races are typically a better quality of race than a maiden (for horses that have not won or raced) and a handicap (for horses who have been given a rating (number) related to their ability- the higher number then better the horses ability. The most difficult Black type race to win is a Group 1, and therefore is most appealing in a horses pedigree and generally the most exciting to watch!
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