The Longines Irish Champions Weekend was launched in Dublin yesterday with an elegant swirl and the promise of some of the best horse racing action in the world taking place in our own backyard.
Leopardstown and the Curragh will host two days of racing with prize money of almost €5 million to be raced for by stars of the equine world.
The highlight Quipco Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday, September 15th has been won by overseas raiders in each of the last six years.
Both Aidan O’Brien and his son Joseph were bullish last night though about the teams they are preparing for the weekend and the hope that the trend of export will be reversed.
Longines backed up their support of the Dublin Horse Show last week by announcing that Aidan O’Brien and the Magnier Family were the recipients of this year’s prestigious Longines IFHA International Award of Merit which was also presented in Dublin yesterday.