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
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
Logistics Boomerang Mile(Group 2) of €150,000 3yo+
Power Kilternan Stakes (Group 3) Guaranteed value of
The Irish Stallion Farms
EBF 'Sovereign Path'
Handicap of €125,000 Ext H’cap for 3yo+
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".
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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. 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.
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