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  • Saturday 14th April 2017         

    This is the second flat meeting of the season at Leopardstown and features top class racing where the future stars appear. Featuring two Group 3 races, The Ballylinch Stud Priory Belle 1,000 Guineas Trial and The PW McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes and the listed Ballylinch Stud 2000 Guineas Trial there is plenty of action on the track. The Ballylinch Stud Priory Belle 1,000 Guineas Trial has a successful history in recent times, in 2016 it was won by Jetsetting who then went on to win the Irish 1000 Guineas and last year the winner was Hydrangea who then claimed the Group 1 Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes at Leopardstown as part of Longines Irish Champions Weekend, a race that was rated the top fillies race in the world in 2017. Runner-up in the The Ballylinch Stud Priory Belle 1,000 Guineas Trial was the talented filly, Winter, who progressed to win the British & Irish Guineas alongside two other Group 1 races.

    Ticket Prices

    • Adult €15
    • Student/OAP (Gate Only) €10
    • Top Level Seat €30

    Ballylinch Stud are delighted to announce that not only will they continue their sponsorship of the 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes at Leopardstown this year but they will also be sponsoring the 2,000 Guineas Trial and taking the naming rights for the day, which will now be known as the Ballylinch Stud Classic Trials day.

    The Ballylinch Stud Priory Belle 1,000 Guineas Trial has been a stepping stone for recent Guineas heroine’s Virginia Waters, Homecoming Queen and Jet Setting, while last year’s runner up Winter who was beaten by subsequent multiple Group 1 winning Hydrangea in a vintage renewal which produced no less than 7 subsequent individual stakes winners. 

    The Ballylinch Stud 2,000 Guineas Trial has been dropped back a furlong to 7 furlongs this year and many of the leading fancied colts for the 2018 Classics have been nominated to start off their campaigns here. Saxon Warrior, Gustav Klimt and a whole host of top class colts have been mentioned as likely runners and it is with great pleasure that Ballylinch Stud can be associated with this race and day. 

    The P.W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes race is a trial race for various European classics. In 2016 the winner was the Dermot Weld trained Harzand ridden by champion jockey Pat Smullen. Harzand was the most recent winner to go on to a classic victory, the winner of the Epsom Derby in 2016. However, the 2017 winner, Rekindling, trained by Joseph O’Brien recently achieved global glory by winning the richest Handicap in the world, the Emirates Melbourne Cup.

    In addition to superb flat racing it is also Grand National Day which will be staged at Aintree with the big race going to post at 5.15pm.  This is one of the most popular jumps race on the calendar as 40 runners take on the daunting obstacles of Aintree's 30 Grand National fences over the course of four and a half miles. Aintree Racecourse is expecting over 150,000 racegoers over the three days of racing and we will be celebrating this race at Leopardstown also with live coverage immediately after the last race here. Stay and enjoy the atmosphere of the Grand National at the racecourse and cheer on your horse with other race-goers.


    Tickets Terms & Conditions

    Children under the age of 18 can avail of free entry once accompanied by a paying adult.

    People aged 18 and above will be charged at the full admission price. 

    Time Race

    The Leopardstown “Summer Bundle” Maiden of €13,500


    The Ballylinch Stud 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes(Listed Race) Guaranteed value of €45,000


    The Ballylinch Stud Priory Belle Fillies 1,000 Guineas Trial  Stakes (Group 3) Guaranteed value of €65,000


    The Foxrock Cup Handicap of €17,000


    The P.W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes(Group 3) Guaranteed value of €60,000


    The TRI Equestrian Handicap of €17,000


    The Bulmers Live at Leopardstown Handicap of €13,000


  • You won't go hungry or thirsty at Leopardstown! Kick off your day by exploring our great selection of bars and restaurants. Don't forget to experience the thrills of horse racing and soak up the unique atmosphere the venue offers. 

    Ticket Prices

  • Hospitality Packages

    • Admission and race Programme
    • Reserved table in the 1888 Restaurant
    • A La Carte dining
    • Top level seat to view racing from the grandstand
    • Access to live concert after racing

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