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Leopardstown Racecourse

Published on: 20/11/2016

The famous Leopardstown Racecourse features a left-handed oval track covering a distance of one mile and six furlongs in total, with an uphill run to the finishing post. The venue hosts National Hunt and Flat racing of which there are around 23 meetings per annum. The highlight of the National Hunt program is the Hennessy Gold Cup, whilst the Irish Champion Stakes are the most popular event on the Flat. The horse racing venue is located in Leopardstown, in the district of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, County Dublin, Ireland. Leopardstown Racecourse was created in 1888 by Captain George Quin who took inspiration from the Sandown Park Racecourse in England. The venue’s name derives from the nearby town of Lepers. The establishment was privately owned until 1967, at which point it was sold to the Horse Racing Ireland organisation to ensure its survival.

Over the years, Leopardstown Racecourse has welcomed many prestigious trainers and jockeys, along with some of the racing world’s most spirited horses such as Nijinsky, Arkle and Dawn Run to name just a few.

Leopardstown Racecourse offers a comprehensive racing calendar with events being organised for every month of the year except for March and November. A popular flat race, the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial, is held in May has previously produced a run of English Derby Winners. Horses to have won the event include Sinndar, Galileo, High Chapparal and Alamshar. September’s Longines Irish Champions Weekend is another event which draws large volumes of racegoers.

The four-day Christmas Festival is perhaps Leopardstown Racecourse’s most popular event. Other fixtures within its racing calendar include Racing Post Day, Paddy Power Day, Lexus Day, and Ryanair Hurdle Day. January’s schedule includes the Coral Handicap Hurdle Day and BHP Insurances Irish Champion Hurdle. February brings the Irish Gold Cup, March offers the National Hunt Finale, while April has the Student Race Day and Ballysax Stakes. Every May, the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial-Family Day and Friday Night Racing meetings are held. June offers the Bulmer’s Live at Leopardstown followed by three further three Bulmers Live at Leopardstown events in July. August has another two Bulmers Live at Leopardstown. During September, fans can enjoy the Longines Irish Champions Weekend, while October’s highlight is the Killavullan Stakes.

The racing calendar at Leopardstown Racecourse provides on average two meetings per month, so there is more than enough chances to enjoy the racing action. The September Ladies Days are extremely popular as is December’s “Best Dressed” competitions. These fixtures represent the most prestigious social gatherings of the year in Ireland. The occasions are very entertaining with elegant fashion shows, gala award ceremonies and fine dining. Tickets for admission are very reasonably priced and vary depending on the event chosen. Students and OAPs can take advantage of discounts. Various packages are available offering an array of extras. Of course, one can find several restaurants, bars and cafes on site along with a whole host of non-racing facilities such as a night club, shops and a designer boutique. There is even a Golf Club & Club House situated in the centre of the racetrack.

Published on: 20/11/2016 © Bet Bind