Leopardstown Racecourse

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Heading for the start with Wicklow Mountains in background

Leopardstown Racecourse Coordinates: 53°15′57″N 6°11′21″W / 53.26583°N 6.18917°W / 53.26583; -6.18917 is an Irish horse-racing venue, located in Leopardstown, Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, 8km south of the Dublin city centre. Like the majority of Irish courses, it hosts both National Hunt and Flat racing.

The course, built by Captain George Quin and modelled on Sandown Park Racecourse in England, was completed in 1888 and acquired by the Horse Racing Board of Ireland in 1967. Many important races are held here and racing takes place all year round, with about 22 meetings per year.

The Leopardstown Hall of Fame honours famous Irish horse racing trainers, jockeys and horses like, Vincent O'Brien, Tom Dreaper, Pat Taaffe and Pat Eddery, Arkle, Dawn Run, Levmoss and Nijinsky.

Facilities[edit]

The stand at Leopardstown

Leopardstown golf course and club house is situated in the middle of the racetrack. The course also has designer shops, a fitness centre, the Leopardstown Pavilion, Fillies Café Bar, the Silken Glider Restaurant, the Paddock Food Hall, Club 92 nightclub, Madigans pub, and numerous bars and snack areas.[1] A farmers market is also on-site every Friday.[2]

Notable races[edit]

Month DOW Race Name Type Grade Distance Age/Sex
January Saturday Killiney Novice Chase Chase Grade 2 2m 5f 5yo +
January Sunday Irish Champion Hurdle Hurdle Grade 1 2m 4yo +
January Saturday Boylesports.com Hurdle Hurdle Handicap 2m 4yo +
January Sunday Golden Cygnet Novice Hurdle Hurdle Grade 2 2m 4f 5yo +
January Sunday Arkle Novice Chase Chase Grade 1 2m 1f 5yo +
February Sunday Hennessy Gold Cup (Ireland) Chase Grade 1 3m 5yo +
February Sunday Dr P. J. Moriarty Novice Chase Chase Grade 1 2m 5f 5yo +
February Sunday Deloitte Novice Hurdle Hurdle Grade 1 2m 2f 5yo +
February Sunday Spring Juvenile Hurdle Hurdle Grade 1 2m 4yo only
March Sunday Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes Flat Listed 1m 3yo only
March Sunday Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes Flat Group 3 7f 3yo only
May Sunday Amethyst Stakes Flat Group 3 1m 3yo +
May Sunday Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Flat Group 3 1m 2f 3yo only
May Sunday Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial Flat Group 3 1m 3yo only f
June Friday Saval Beg Stakes Flat Listed 1m 6f 4yo +
June Thursday Ballycorus Stakes Flat Group 3 7f 3yo +
June Thursday Ballyogan Stakes Flat Group 3 6f 3yo + f
July Thursday Silver Flash Stakes Flat Group 3 7f 2yo only f
July Thursday Meld Stakes Flat Group 3 1m 1f 3yo +
July Thursday Tyros Stakes Flat Group 3 7f 2yo only
August Thursday Ballyroan Stakes Flat Group 3 1m 4f 3yo +
August Thursday Desmond Stakes Flat Group 3 1m 3yo +
September Saturday Irish Champion Stakes Flat Group 1 1m 2f 3yo +
September Saturday Golden Fleece Stakes Flat Group 3 1m 2yo only
September Saturday Matron Stakes (Ireland) Flat Group 1 1m 3yo + f
September Saturday Kilternan Stakes Flat Group 3 1m 2f 3yo +
October Saturday Killavullan Stakes Flat Group 3 7f 2yo only
November Sunday Eyrefield Stakes Flat Listed 1m 1f 2yo only
December Boxing Day Racing Post Novice Chase Chase Grade 1 2m 1f 4yo +
December Boxing Day Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle Hurdle Grade 2 2m 3yo only
December 27th Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase Chase Grade 1 2m 1f 5yo +
December 27th Paddypower.com Future Champions Novice Hurdle Hurdle Grade 1 2m 4yo +
December 28th Christmas Hurdle Hurdle Grade 1 3m 4yo +
December 28th Lexus Chase Chase Grade 1 3m 5yo +
December 29th December Festival Hurdle Hurdle Grade 1 2m 4yo +
December 29th Leopardstown E.B.F. Mares Hurdle Hurdle Grade 3 2m 4f 4yo + m
December 29th Fort Leney Novice Chase Chase Grade 1 3m 4yo +


The Irish Champion stakes is the most important race at the course and one of the World Series of Racing. It is held every September and attracts the cream of racing thoroughbreds.

Transport[edit]

Racecourse

A stop on the Luas Green Line is located at the southern end of the racecourse. However as of January 2012 it remains unopened and devoid of all signage, with trams passing through non-stop.

Preceding station Luas Following station
Ballyogan Wood   Green Line   Carrickmines

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