Longines Irish Champions Weekend takes place on Saturday
September 12th. We will be racing behind closed doors due to the current
government guidelines however there will be lots of ways for you to #BeInvolved
from the comfort of your homes. Day 1 of Longines Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown
features an eight race card made up of five Group Races and one listed race.
The two Group One races on the card are the prestigious Irish Champion Stakes
and the Coolmore America “Justify” Matron Stakes which are consistently among
the leading races in the world. Tune into RTE from 3pm to watch all the
sporting action and make sure you follow us on Instagram and Twitter for live coverage from the track on the day - you can find us @LeopardstownRC .
#BeInvolved from home
There are lots of ways for you to be involved with Longines Irish Champions Weekend from the comfort of your own home. You can watch all of the live racing action on RTE One from 3.00pm until 5.35pm and Racing TV will also have live coverage from 2.00pm until 5.50pm. Make sure you also follow Leopardstown Racecourse on Instagram and Twitter for live social and racing coverage from the day including exclusive interviews with winning connections, finish line coverage, parade ring footage and much more – you can find us @LeopardstownRC.
We are sorry that you cannot be with us for day 1 of Longines Irish Champions Weekend 2020 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 at this year’s event 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 #LICW20 for a chance to win tickets to next year’s event.
Longines Irish Champions Weekend is one of the highlights of our racing calendar and is normally very well attended with a celebratory atmosphere amongst racegoers, jockeys, staff and racing connections. To try and bring the regular celebratory atmosphere of the races to your home while we are racing behind closed doors we have designed a Longines Irish Champions weekend beverage menu which contains some of our most popular drinks, cocktails and mocktails. We hope you enjoy LICW from home and we look forward to welcoming you back to Leopardstown Racecourse as soon as it is safe to do so.
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!
Ballylinch Stud in Co Kilkenny is immersed in racing history having been the home of the Champion sire The Tetrarch and Tetratema. Ballylinch Stud soon established itself among the leading studs in Europe and through the years has continued to stand sires of International repute. Lope de Vega has quickly established himself as one of the world’s leading stallions with 9 individual Group 1 winners and over 100 stakes horses. Now covering many of Europe’s elite broodmares and with another bunch of top class two-year-old performers in 2020, Lope de Vega will continue his ascent to the very top of the stallion ranks. New Bay who like Lope de Vega won the Prix du Jockey Club and was Champion 3-year-old in France has his first runners this year with an impressive winners to runners strike rate. Make Believe a son of Makfi is currently leading the second crop sires in Europe with the impressive Group 1 winner Mishriff one of his leading sons.
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The Coolmore America Justify Matron Stakes has been voted the highest rated race for Fillies and Mares by the Longines World Thoroughbred Rankings on two occasions since it was upgraded to a Group 1 in 2004. Previous winners of this race have not only been great race mares, but have been some of the most illustrious, elite mares to grace the turf during the twentieth century. The 2019 winner Iridessa trained by Joseph O’Brien won the Pretty Polly Stakes en route to victory in the Coolmore Matron Stakes and she then ended a terrific season with a win in the Breeders’ Cup Fillies and Mares Turf, giving her trainer the accolade of becoming the youngest trainer of a Breeders’ Cup winner and one of only two trainers to have ridden a Breeders’ Cup winner and gone on to train one.
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Paddy Power is Ireland’s biggest, most successful, security conscious and innovative bookmaker. Not only that but we are also becoming the UK’s fastest growing bookmaker. Paddy Power is known as the 'Home of the Money Back Special'. We offer specials on everything from soccer and horse racing to Formula One and novelty markets. We have also expanded to include online games, casino and poker which are all available on mobile. We are constantly innovating to provide the best mobile experience to our customers and we always appreciate feedback on our products so that we can make the best changes to suit our customers. Our parent company, Flutter Entertainment plc, is listed on both the London and Dublin stock exchanges. We are the first major Irish bookmaker to venture into online betting and we think that our constant hunger for new product ideas and the great customer service that Paddy Power is renowned for will make us the front runner in the online betting market.
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Working closely with Horse Racing Ireland, the Irish EBF Governors’ create a programme of Irish EBF sponsored races targeted to support the Irish Racing industry. Only the progeny of EBF registered stallions can enter these races and benefit from the extra prize money. In total, Irish EBF have contributed over €42.5 million to Irish Prize-money since 1983, with a current annual investment now over €2.2 million making Irish Stallion Farms the largest sponsor of racing in Ireland.
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