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]

Major races[edit]

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.

Flat[edit]

National Hunt[edit]

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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