World Racing Eyes on Dublin and Kildare

Some of the biggest stars in world horse racing will be appearing at the Longines Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown and the Curragh this weekend.

Dual 2,000 Guineas winner Churchill and his stable companion Winter, the dual 1,000 Guineas winner and more recently successful in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood head the 14 horses remaining in the €1.25m QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday.

Aidan O’Brien’s pair could be joined by Poet’s Word, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, another that won at Goodwood last month, Martyn Meade’s Eminent, successful at Deauville last time out and the Roger Charlton-trained Decorated Knight, the winner of the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh in May.

Now in its fourth year, the event will be staged across two days on Saturday, September 9 at Leopardstown and Sunday, September 10 at The Curragh, with a racing prize fund totalling over €4.6 million across 16 races, 10 of which are Group races.

Sponsors across the weekend include KPMG, Jaguar, Quipco, Coolmore and many more in what is one of the bluest chip weekends in the Irish sporting calendar.

This year’s racing will conclude at the Curragh on the Sunday with reduced numbers due to the ongoing development of the facilities over this year and next.

“It is great to see the quality of the racing over the two days of Longines Irish Champions Weekend,” said Leopardstown Racecourse CEO Pat Keogh. It is promising to be another great sporting occasion.”

“It is promising to be another great sporting occasion.”

“We look forward to welcoming visitors to what is building up to be an exceptional weekend of world class racing,” added Curragh Racecourse CEO Derek McGrath.

“The Curragh is in great condition and tickets are still available as we countdown to the crowning of champions on day two of Longines Irish Champions Weekend.”

There will also be a Longines Prize for Elegance with prestigious prizes, worth more than €25,000, from some of Ireland’s elite fashion houses including Louise Kennedy, Louis Copeland and Kildare Village.

On both days, the winners will also each receive a luxurious stay at Dublin’s best address, The Merrion as well as an elegant time piece by title sponsor, Longines.


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