Quick Facts About Leopardstown
It was built in 1888 by Captain George Quin. It was purchased by the Racing Board (since evolved into Horse Racing Ireland) in 1967 in order to secure its future for racing.
The Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial run at Leopardstown in May was won by the subsequent English Derby winner three years in a row; Sinndar (2000), Galileo (2001) and High Chapparal (2002). The 2003 winner Alamshar was third in the English Derby but then won the Irish Derby.
Leopardstown hosts some of the biggest races in the calendar, both jump racing in Winter and flat racing for the rest of the year. These experiences range from the Christmas festival, to fun-filled Live at Leopardstown racing and music meetings in Summer to the Autumn season when the highlight is the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes.
Augmenting this great racing, Leopardstown ensure that every need of the racegoer is amply catered for in terms of sustenance, entertainment and facilities. Any time of the year is a good time to come to Leopardstown.
Christmas Glories and The January Jumps
The Super 7 series of meetings starts with the 4 days of the Christmas meeting, continues into January with the Boylesport Handicap Hurdle and the BHP Irish Champion Hurdle and finishes in early February with the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup, the jewel in Ireland's steeplechasing crown. It is a trail of events that offers wide-eyed thrill after thrill.
Leopardstown hosts a number of Most Stylish Lady events, the key dates being the Hennessey Gold Cup in February, the Irish Champion Stakes in September and Lexus Day which is the third day of the Leopardstown Christmas Festival. The style stakes are always high and the prizes are nothing short of amazing.
The Champion Stakes
The Irish Champion Stakes, is the highlight of Leopardstown's flat racing season and every year attracts the best of flat horses from Ireland, Britain and the continent for the €1 Million prize.
Three past winners of the race have been crowned world champion: Daylami (1999), Fantastic Light (2001) and High Chaparral (2003). Its timing in early September is perfect for horses who have contested the big races during the Summer and who have had a break before their Autumn campaigns. Its intermediate distance of 1¼ miles accommodates horses coming back from 1½ miles and those going up from 1 mile. It also provides one of the most meaningful comparisons of different generations of horses with the classic three-year-olds taking on the tough, battle-hardened older veterans.
The course is a left-handed oval of one mile and six furlongs with an uphill finishing straight.
How To Get There
Coming from Dublin city: Take the N11 southbound, following signs for Wexford. Turn right at the Whites Cross junction onto the R113 (Leopardstown Road). The racecourse entrance is about 1 km along this road.
From Wexford/Wicklow: Follow N11 northbound and turn left at Whites Cross Junction.
From the North of Dublin: follow the M50
From Naas/Kildare: Join M50 at the Red Cow roundabout and follow the above route.
The nearest DART (Dublin City Rail System) station is Blackrock, a short taxi journey from the racecourse.
By Light Rail:
The Luas (Dublin Tram System) terminus at Sandyford is just a short walk away.
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The Private Suites are located on the top level of the Grandstand. A single suite can accommodate 12 for silver service meal or 24 for a buffet. Double suites can also be arranged. Facilities include CCTV, private bar, private balcony and accessible Tote betting.
The magnificent Pavilion is a glass-fronted building with its own balcony overlooking the straight and can cater for groups of 200-1000. CCTV and private Tote betting facilities are provided.
The new Panoramic Suite is also located on the top level of the Grandstand. It accommodates up to 150 people and has 360 degree panoramic views of the track and the parade ring. Facilities include CCTV, private bar, private balcony and accessible Tote betting. There is also access to the new Circle Lounge and Parade Ring viewing balcony on this level.
A permanent AIB Bank ATM machine on site.
Leopardstown boasts its own Golf Centre, an 18 hole 'pay as you play' course in the centre of the track also incorporating a 48-bay floodlit driving range. To help with your game there is a McGuirks Golf Shop.
West Wood Health and Fitness Centre, with a special children’s area-Fit Zone.
Leopardstown's Club 92 is a popular nightclub which opens from Thursday to Sunday from 11 PM.
Fillies Café Bar- An award winning bar and restaurant, open daily.
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