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Leopardstown RedevelopmentYou will be glad to hear that we have received a grant from Horse Racing Ireland under the Racecourse Development Scheme to complete the redevelopment of Leopardstown. It is our intention to create a facility up to best international standard, in keeping with the first stage which has been very well received. We had hoped to commence this development earlier but we had to obtain Planning Permission and this has taken longer than we had anticipated. We hope to have a contractor on site immediately after the Longines Irish Champions Weekend next September.Last week we commenced the tender process to engage a contractor. The development will include, a new facility under the Grandstand, a new Saddling Area at the Southern end of the site, a Children’s Playground with indoor and outdoor facilities, a new Weighing Room on the far side of the Parade Ring close to the current Ballyogan Entrance, a new entrance beside the existing Ballyogan Entrance and a number of other improvements around the racecourse. As part of these works, we will be building a new toilet facility beside the Members Bar. We know that the current facility beside the Members Bar is not up to standard and we look forward to completing the new facility as quickly as possible. I attach an artist’s impression of the new toilet facility.Early in the New Year we will have an exhibition of all the new facilities and we will share these with the Members as soon as they are available.Pat KeoghChief Executive
5TH MARCH- TRI NATIONAL HUNT FINALE
To celebrate a successful
National Hunt Season we will be hosting our Members afternoon on Sunday, 5th
March in the 1888 Restaurant (Private Dining Section)
The afternoon is an
opportunity to welcome new members and bring existing members together for an
afternoon of thrilling racing, entertainment and light refreshments.
As space is limited, could
you kindly RSVP to [email protected]
or contact Lynne Kavanagh on 01-2890504. This is a Ticket ONLY event and is
open to MEMBERS ONLY
We look forward to
welcoming you on the day.
MEMBERS TRIP TO MICHAEL HALFORDS YARD & THE IRISH NATIONAL STUD
21st April 2016
We are very excited to announce that this year the Members Club will make a trip to Michael Halfords yard and The Irish National Stud on Thursday 21st April.
Schedule for the day:
8:00am: Depart Leopardstown Racecourse (outside McGuirks Golf Shop) for Michael Halfords yard
10:00am: Arrive at Copper Beech Stables
1:00pm: Arrive at The Irish National Stud for hospitality followed by a tour of the Stud and The Japanese Gardens
4:30pm: Depart for Leopardstown Racecourse
If you are interested in coming along please email [email protected] , you can also call Jackie or Lynne on (01) - 2890540 to reserve a space. The fee for the trip will be €40 per person. Numbers are limited, therefore I would advise those who are interested in coming to call today.
Club 25 Members- 'Go Racing Student Society'
28th January 2016
Go Racing have recently launched a 'Go Racing Student Society'.Their first event will take place here in Leopardstown in the Colors Bar on Irish Gold Cup Day. It is a fantastic opportunity to meet like- minded people, take in a great day of racing, enjoy some light refreshments and be in with a chance to win a trip to Cheltenham.
Signing up to the event and the society is free of charge. Although you have your entrance fee covered with your membership badge you still must register your name to [email protected] before Friday the 29th January.
Please click on the link http://www.goracing.ie/HRI/Whats-On/Students/Go-Racing-Student-Society-Sign-Up/ for further details and benefits of becoming a member.
TRAINERS YARD VISIT TO BE ANNOUNCED IN THE COMING WEEKS
We would like to thank all Members who sent a RSVP and came to our Members Afternoon, which took place in the 1888 Private Dining Restaurant on the Coral.ie Handicap Hurdle Raceday. We had a fantastic turnout of 200 guests with the Members filling the entire Private Dining venue. Our next Members outing will be a Trainers yard visit. Be sure to check back here for details in the next two weeks as there are limited spaces available.We look forward to welcoming you all back to our BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle raceday,taking place on Sunday the 24th January. We are very excited to also welcome back a very special guest to his favourite racetrack. The mighty Hurricane Fly will be paraded at 2:40pm for one last time at Leopardstown Racecourse, don't miss out on this historic event!'
Change in Reciprocal Dates
'Please note that there is a change in Reciprocal dates. There will be a reciprocal date taking place for Leopardstown Members to Newmarket on the 8th of July and NOT the 10th of September (as stated in our brochure for 2016).'
Dermot Weld Stable Visit
27th October 2015
“The Leopardstown members annual yard trip took place in Dermot Welds yard followed by an afternoon of racing in Punchestown. In total 44 members set off on a cold and wet morning to the Curragh. They had a quick stop off for a well needed cup of coffee and then headed to Rosewell House. Here they were given an extremely warm welcome by Mr. Weld himself, Mark his son and the entire team.
Upon arrival some of the horses were preparing to head out to the gallops. The members were then privileged to be introduced to some famous horses such as Free Eagle, Tandom and Fascinating Rock. The members got an opportunity to get a photo with some of the top 7 rated horses in the world and to have a Q&A session with Dermot, Mark and the team throughout the morning. Each and every question asked from 'Where will Free Eagles next stop be?” to “What member of the team travels with Free Eagle?”. If you are wondering he will be heading to Hong Kong or Japan yet to be decided and Carlos travels with Free Eagle, it is clear they have a close bond.
The members also got to see one of the newest additions to the team in action, a filly by Kodiac whom was just purchased at the sales two days ago and has yet to be named. Dermot was extremely impressed by her moves and is excited to see how well she will do in the near future. Hopefully we will be welcoming her to Leopardstown next year. It was fantastic. It was then time to put Dermot's tips to the test at Punchestown Racecourse. The members dined in the President Suite for a lovely meal, afternoon tea and took in a great afternoon of racing. Two of our members even won the jackpot.
If you would like to join us for visits to some of the world's top trainers you can do so by becoming a Leopardstown Member. “
Creeping Ivy will run at Curragh Racecourse tomorrow
12th October 2015
The Leopardstown Members Racing Club will be represented with a runner at the Curragh Racecourse tomorrow. Creeping Ivy has been declared to run in the 2016 Flat Begins March 20th at Curragh Racecourse Handicap. The race is over 1m4f
Michael Hussey takes the mount. This will be her first run in Handicap company and we are looking forward to our day in the Curragh.
Members Club Lounge Notice
The Members Club Lounge reopened on Saturday 12th September for Day one of a very successful Longines Irish Champions Weekend. The newly renovated and refurbished area is kitted out with trackside floor to ceiling windows offering a panoramic view of the entire racecourse and new HD television screens have also been fitted to offer our members improved viewing.
Save The Date! D. K. Weld Stable Visit on 27th October 2015
17th September 2015
The Weld name will always be associated with the Curragh, with Charlie Weld having established himself as a top-class trainer at Rosewell House before his son Dermot took over the reins in 1972. With the famous yard located just yards from the entrance to the Curragh racecourse. Dermot has consistently been one of Ireland's most successful trainers and is rightfully acclaimed as one of the best trainers in the world having saddled big-race winners on four different continents.
Dermot is a qualified vet and was also a very accomplished amateur jockey in his younger years. He is renowned for sending his charges all over the world to compete in the best races, being the only European trainer to have saddled the winner of the prestigious Melbourne Cup in Australia, a feat he achieved with the brilliant Vintage Crop in 1993 and again with Media Puzzle in 2002. Vintage Crop also won the Irish St Leger in 1993 and 1994 as well as the Curragh Cup in 1993 and 1995 and this famous horse has a life-sized bronze statue of himself overlooking the parade ring at the racecourse itself.
Weld has won all five Irish Classics, with his first success coming with Blue Wind in the 1981 Irish Oaks having earlier captured the English equivalent. Dance Design gave him a second Irish Oaks in 1996 while he also captured the Irish 1000 Guineas with Princess Polly in 1982, Trusted Partner in 1988 and Nightime in 2006. His only Irish 2000 Guineas success was with Flash of Steel in 1986, while Vinnie Roe won his fourth consecutive Irish St Leger in 2004. Having tried for years to win a Budweiser Irish Derby, he came close with Theatrical in 1985 and even closer with Definite Article (beaten a short-head by Winged Love) ten years later before finally adding this famous race to his impressive list of winners when Zagreb sprang a 20/1 shock in 1996 having been passed over by stable jockey Michael Kinane, which left Pat Shanahan to take the mount on the six length winner. He secured another Budweiser Irish Derby when Grey Swallow won the 2005 renewal in the hands of Pat Smullen.
While the Master of Rosewell House is mainly a trainer of Flat horses, he has consistently shown his skill in the National Hunt sphere over the years. Ansar in particular has been a fine servant to Weld, winning the Galway Hurdle in 2001 and the Galway Plate in 2004 and 2005. Other wins in the Galway Hurdle have come with Strathline (1985) and in the Galway Plate with Kiichi (1990) and General Idea (1993). He also has a victory in the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival to his name courtesy of Rare Holiday (1990).
Weld is also the only European trainer to win a leg of the American Triple Crown after Go and Go sprang a surprise victory in the 1990 Belmont Stakes and he has consistently bagged big American races in recent years with the likes of Pine Dance, Dimitrova, Jazz Beat and Winchester. Following our visit to Rosewell House we will attend racing at Punchestown Racecourse in the afternoon and enjoy some race day hospitality.
Places will be limited and served on a first come first served basis please contact Eleanor on 01 2890500 or [email protected] to secure your place before Friday 25th September.
Creeping Ivy will run at Navan Racecourse Tomorrow
4th September 2015
Leopardstown Members Racing Club will be represented with a runner at Navan Racecourse on Saturday in the Come Racing Again at Navan Maiden for three year olds and up over a mile at 5:50pm. Creeping Ivy's trainer Tony Martin is hopeful for a promising run from the three year old Mustameet filly. Seamie Heffernan takes the ride and she is drawn in stall 17.
Creeping Ivy will run in Killarney Tomorrow Evening
18th August 2015
Creeping Ivy will run in the Mosscontrol.ie Maiden in Killarney tomorrow evening (19th August 2015). The race is at 5:50pm and Fran Berry will ride again. Tony Martin says that the horse has progressed well since her run in Galway and she will learn more tomorrow. Tony is very pleased with her and says she is improving all the time. Killarney is a beautiful racecourse, and if you haven't been there before it is well worth a visit.
The Leopardstown Members Racing Club
The Leopardstown Members Racing Club was represented with a runner on the final day of the Galway Festival in Ballybrit on Sunday last. Their Filly Creeping Ivy made her racetrack debut in the Trappers Inn EBF (Fillies) Maiden under Fran Berry and finished a very promising 5th place. The Racing Club is already looking forward to their next outing with their filly.
Creeping Ivy's Trainer Tony Martin enjoyed a very successful Galway Festival notching up a tally of 6 winners for the week most notably landing the Guinness Galway Hurdle with the John Breslin owned Quick Jack.
Members Overseas Trip to Chester
The Leopardstown Racecourse members visited Chester Racecourse over the weekend as part of their annual overseas trip. The group attended the races in the glorious sunshine at Chester on both Friday and Saturday and enjoyed the elusive use of a private chalet at the track. Thank you to all the members who participated on the Trip, it was a fun filled fantastic weekend enjoyed by all.
Members Club Lounge Notice
Leopardstown will commence the second phase of our redevelopment on the 1st June. I'm pleased to advise that the Members Club Lounge will be an important part of this phase of the redevelopment.
Unfortunately the lounge will be closed for the period of the works which will be concluded by the end of August. We apologise for this inconvenience but we have no option other than to close for a period to conduct the necessary works. We would recommend that members make use of the newly renovated Circle Lounge located on the 3rd floor while the Members Lounge is closed. While the Lounge is closed, your Members badge will gain you access to the Top Level Private Seats in the Grandstand to enjoy panoramic views of the racing. These seats are located beside the Circle Lounge in Sections M,N,O & P which you can access through the entrance by the Larkspur bar.
The newly renovated Members Club Lounge will reopen for Longines Irish Champions Weekend on 12th September 2015. Leopardstown Racecourse would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to our Members during these works.
Should you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact Eleanor directly on 01 2890500
February 2015 The Leopardstown Members' overseas racing
trip takes place in July where we will be visiting Chester Racecourse
leaving Friday 10th July. This will be a three day trip, leaving on Friday
10th July from Dublin Port and Sailing to Holyhead port with Racing both
Friday and Saturday we will be taking in hospitality on Saturday 11th July
and return home to Dublin Sunday 12th July. Transfer time from Holyhead Port
to Chester Racecourse will be approx. 1 hour 10 minutes.
Following a great
response to The Leopardstown Members Racing Club we are now confident that we
will reach maximum numbers of 16 people. The Club will lease Imperial Trix a
7yr old gelding by Quws and he is going to be trained by Tony Martin and
this will be operational from 1st February 2015. Should you be
interested in joining the club please contact Eleanor at
[email protected] or 01 2890500 before close of business Wednesday 4th
Last year we formed the Leopardstown Members Racing Club as a
new benefit to our members. While we didn't win a race Mordanmijobsworth was
placed twice and earned some prize money. We had a few nice days out and I
think everybody enjoyed themselves. The club was great fun and we
have decided to lease another horse for 2015. Following a review with a
number of members we have decide to reduce the size of the club. This is to
create a closer bond between the owners. It will also make stable visits and
race days more enjoyable. Tony Martin very kindly hosted our
final Member's Trip of last year and he gave us a great day out. Tony is
enjoying plenty of success and his owners have good fun. He has very kindly
offered us the opportunity to lease Imperial Trix for the year. The horse is
a six year old gelding by Quws. He was second in a point to point in
Inchadonny last May and will shortly be ready to run under rules. Tony really
likes him and says that we should have good fun with him during the season.
He expects that he will be ready to run in a maiden hurdle in February. He
will go on any ground but wouldn't like it too firm. The plan would therefore
be to run him till the end of June and come back again for an autumn
campaign. The costs of training him will be a maximum of €1,600
per month to cover all costs. The club will operate on a minimum of 8 and a
maximum of 16 members. The cost per member will depend on the numbers
involved. Members will pay the full amount for eleven months till the end of
December in advance and there will be a distribution of any prize money
earned at the end of the year. We believe this is a lovely and
relatively cheap way to get involved in racehorse ownership. We had good fun
last year and are looking forward to another exciting experience this time.
Hopefully we will see our colours in the winner's enclosure with Imperial
Trix. If you are interested please contact Eleanor at [email protected]
or on 2890500.
Ticket Hotline: (01) 289 0500