Thursday, 26 December 2013 - Sunday, 29 December 2013
When it’s time to break free from the stresses of Christmas, the Leopardstown Christmas Festival offers an exhilarating day out for sporting fans, socialites and thrill-seekers alike.
Held over four days in December starting on St. Stephan’s Day, an impressive racing programme guarantees the best of National Hunt racing while Leopardstown’s extensive facilities have become traditional hotspots for post-Christmas get-togethers. You never know who you might meet at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival!
The start of the Super 7 series, the Leopardstown Christmas Racing Festival is as much a part of the Christmas season as Santa Claus. This Christmas festival is a golden opportunity to get out of the house for four days of fresh air and sport. There are many Grade 1 highlights over the course of the four days, but special mention must go to the Lexus Chase. In 2003, three-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Best Mate set the place abuzz when he won the race in great style while Beef Or Salmon is also a three-time winner of this Grade 1 contest. The Paddy Power Dial-a-Bet Chase is another contest worthy of mention, with it having been won twice by Papillon, Moscow Flyer and Big Zeb. The Bewleys Hotels December Festival Hurdle is the final day feature and has been won by Istabraq on four occasions while other winners include Macs Joy, Brave Inca (twice) and Hurricane Fly. There are many other Grade 1 contests on show and any one that attends any day of the meeting is sure to be thrilled and entertained.
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