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  • Longines Irish Champions Weekend

    Day 1 of Longines Irish Champions Weekend takes place on Saturday September 11th 2021.

    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.

    All of the Live racing from Irish Champions Weekend will be covered on RTE and Racing TV. Please make sure you follow us on Instagram and Twitter for live coverage from the track on the day - you can find us @LeopardstownRC 

    Ticket Prices

    • OAP €20

    The Ballylinch Stud EBF Ingabelle Stakes (Listed) of €100,000(Plus 10 Race) 2yo fillies only, c7f

    The Irish Stallion Farms EBF  'Petingo' Handicap of €125,000 Ext H’cap 3yo

    The Coolmore America ‘Justify’ Matron Stakes(Group 1) Guaranteed value of €300,000 3yo+ fillies

    The KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes(Group 2) of €125,000 2yo only

    The Irish Champion Stakes(Group 1) Guaranteed value of €1,000,000 3yo+

    The Clipper Logistics Boomerang Mile(Group 2) of €150,000 3yo+

    The Paddy Power  Kilternan Stakes (Group 3) Guaranteed value of €100,000 3yo+

    The Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Sovereign Path' Handicap of €125,000 Ext H’cap for 3yo+


  • Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes

    The Irish Champion Stakes regularly ranks as one of best races in the world, with previous winners including multiple Group 1 winner Magical who has won this race for the last two years, Champion three-year-old colt and European horse of the year Roaring Lion, Horse of the Year and Champion 3yo Colt Sea the Stars and Cartier horse of the year Golden Horn. French Champion Jockey and multiple Group 1 winning Jockey Christophe Soumillon commented after victory aboard Almanzor in the 2016 renewal of the Irish Champions Stakes “Only champions can win a race like this".

    View 2021 Entries Here

  • Coolmore

    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. 2020 winner Champers Elysees gave former champion jockey Jonny Murtagh his first Group 1 winner as a trainer while 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. Coolmore Stud, based in Fethard, County Tipperary in the Republic of Ireland, is generally acknowledged to be the world’s biggest, and best, thoroughbred racehorse breeding operation. Owned by John Magnier and situated in the heart of the Golden Vale on over 7,000 prime acres of Ireland’s finest limestone land, Coolmore provides the perfect environment for breeding and raising thoroughbreds.

    More Information Here

  • Clipper Logistics

    Clipper Logistics are one of the UK’s leading logistics providers with an unrivalled reputation for always getting the job done no matter how challenging or complex. Clipper are experts in retail and high-value logistics and have the fleet, depots, warehousing, systems and the people in place to deliver on contracts of all sizes, seeing the bigger picture without neglecting the day-to-day detail. Clipper believe in nimble and effective approach is more important now than ever before, and they continue to adapt to the changing demands of retail with cutting edge logistics solutions. Clipper collaborate closely with clients, continually rethinking what is possible to help customers of all sizes maximise their potential and take their businesses to the next level.

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  • Ballylinch Stud

    The origin of Ballylinch Stud can be traced back almost 5oo years. Based in the surroundings of Mount Juliet Estate in Co Kilkenny, the stud is immersed in racing history having been the home of the Champion sire The Tetrarch and Tetratema. Ballylinch 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 13 Group 1 winners and over 130 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 produced 4 stakes horses from his first crop with an impressive winners to runners strike rate. Make Believe a son of Makfi is the sire of Prix Du Jockey Club winner Mishriff and 5 individual first crop stakes winners.

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  • KPMG

    Around the world and across major sectors, KPMG’s network of Global Infrastructure professionals specialize in providing insightful and practical advice to public and private sector infrastructure owners, contractors, operators and investors involved in projects and programs. Their teams draw from worldwide experience and local know-how to support member firm clients across every step of an infrastructure project – from planning, strategy and construction through to operations and change of ownership. By bringing together a global team of specialists, with a range of experience, including strategy and governance, funding, finance and procurement, project management, asset management, operational efficiency, IT strategy and implementation, risk consulting, mergers and acquisitions, tax and accounting, clients know they can rely on KPMG to provide integrated advice and deliver effective results.

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  • Paddy Power

    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'. Paddy Power offer specials on everything from soccer and horse racing to formula one and novelty markets. Paddy Power have also expanded to include online games, casino and poker which are all available on mobile. Paddy Power 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. Their parent company, Flutter Entertainment plc, is listed on both the London and Dublin stock exchanges. Paddy Power are the first major Irish bookmaker to venture into online betting and their constant hunger for new product ideas and the great customer service means Paddy Power is renowned front runner in the online betting market.

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