Champions Weekend Behind Closed Doors

Just like next week’s Galway races, September’s Longines Irish Champions Weekend will take place behind closed doors.

This year’s global spotlight on the world of Irish racing at the highest level will take place at Leopardstown on Saturday, September 12, featuring the Irish Champion Stakes and the Coolmore America ‘Justify’ Matron Stakes, and at The Curragh on Sunday, September 13, with four Group 1 races, The Comer Group International Irish St Leger, the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes, the Moyglare Stud Stakes and the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes.

“With less than eight weeks to go before Longines Irish Champions Weekend, this was the optimum time to give people certainty,” said Paul Dermody, Horse racing Ireland’s Racecourse Division CEO.

“It is a great shame that our feature weekend of Flat racing will not be enjoyed by racegoers in person this September, but we will ensure a warm welcome for everybody when they return next year.”

“In the meantime, we will be refunding all of those who availed of early-bird and advance ticket offers. We will now focus our attention on providing racing fans with a brilliant at-home experience.”

“We had dearly hoped that circumstances would allow us have racegoers back on the racecourse for Longines Irish Champions Weekend but that doesn’t look at all likely so it is best to make a call on it now,” added Harry McCalmont, Chairman of the Longines Irish Champions Weekend Committee.

“It is a great pity, but we still have a wonderful weekend of racing to look forward to. The Committee would like to take the opportunity to thank the sponsors of all races for their loyalty and we look forward with interest to see the array of horses that will line up at Leopardstown and the Curragh.”

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