Leopardstown Racecourse is to host the richest race ever run in Europe for women jockeys tomorrow night.
The inaugural €50,000 Microsoft Cup, supported by the new neighbour of Leopardstown Racecourse, will form the centrepiece of Leopardstown’s Ladies Evening being held in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland.
Women jockeys have been very much to the fore over jumps with Rachael Blackmore and Bryony Frost following in the footsteps of Katie Walsh and Nina Carberry in winning some of the biggest races in the sport.
Generally, the sport competes on an equal basis with men and women competing side by side.
The Microsoft Cup though is one of those few limited to Women and it has attracted a strong line up of those who are making a breakthrough in the sport.
The 2018 leading jockey table in France contained three lady riders; Mickaelle Michel, Coralie Pacout and Maryline Eon, while Anastasia O’Brien rode 18 winners as an apprentice on the flat here in 2017.
Leopardstown will turn pink for the 3rd year in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland as it shakes up the traditional concept of ‘Ladies Day’.
An empowering Race-Forward event in the Pavilion will be hosted by producer, broadcaster and writer, Maïa Dunphy.
Now also in its 3rd year, the event will celebrate and inspire with proven strategies for success in life and business and includes wisdom from business leaders such as Cathriona Hallahan, M.D. of Microsoft Ireland and keynote speaker Chanelle, Lady McCoy who heads up Chanelle Medical.
Over 400 guests will enjoy a Taittinger Champagne reception, dining, live music from The Hot Club of Dublin and singer Penelope Austin as well as table entertainers, racing tipsters and more.
Peak Performance is a second event taking place in Champions Bar at 4 pm,
Hosted by comedian and racing enthusiast Paddy Courtney, it will be a Q&A session with top racing professionals including Johnny Murtagh and Joseph O’Brien offering their tips and advice on achieving peak performance.
“We are delighted to be renewing our association with Leopardstown Racecourse’s Ladies Evening for the second year and sponsoring the very first staging of the Microsoft Cup at the doorstep of our campus at One Microsoft Place,” said Microsoft CEO Cathriona Hallahan.
“The race itself will bring together some of the elite athletes in Irish sport along with some of their peers from other countries which is very exciting.”
“Leopardstown Ladies Evening is now in its third year and it has gone from strength to strength,” added racecourse CEO Pat Keogh.
“The introduction of the Microsoft Cup is recognition of how the event has established itself. We are very grateful to Microsoft and all our partners for making this happen.”