Leopardstown Racecourse Coordinates: is an Irish horse-racing venue, located in Leopardstown, Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, 8 km 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.
In 1941, noted Royal Air Force pilot Hugh Verity, who flew many secret agents at night into and out of farm fields in France, force landed on the Race Course. He was interned briefly before escaping back to England.
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. A farmers market is also on-site every Friday. The 'Bulmers Live at Leopardstown' music festival takes place every summer between June and August. Acts such as Horslips, The Human League, Johnny Marr, and The Boomtown Rats have all performed here.
|January||Saturday||Killiney Novice Chase||Chase||Grade 3||2m 3f||5yo +|
|January||Saturday||Ladbrokes Hurdle||Hurdle||Handicap||2m||4yo +|
|January||Sunday||Irish Champion Hurdle||Hurdle||Grade 1||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||Irish Gold Cup||Chase||Grade 1||3m||5yo +|
|February||Sunday||Dr P. J. Moriarty Novice Chase||Chase||Grade 1||2m 5f||5yo +|
|February||Sunday||Chanelle Pharma 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||St. Stephen's Day||Racing Post Novice Chase||Chase||Grade 1||2m 1f||4yo +|
|December||St. Stephen's Day||Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle||Hurdle||Grade 2||2m||3yo only|
|December||27th||Paddy's Reward Club "Sugar Paddy" Chase||Chase||Grade 1||2m 1f||5yo +|
|December||27th||Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle||Hurdle||Grade 1||2m||4yo +|
|December||28th||Christmas Hurdle||Hurdle||Grade 1||3m||4yo +|
|December||28th||Savills 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.
A Luas Green Line stop is located at the southern end of the racecourse. However, as of January 2016 it remains unopened and devoid of all signage, with trams passing through non-stop. The nearest active Luas stop is Central Park.
- T. Ryle Dwyer. Guests of the State: The Story of Allied & Axis Servicemen Interned in Ireland During World War II. Irish Books & Media. Nov. 1 1994. Quoted in "War pilot escapee dies". The Independent. 2001
- "List of Facilities". Archived from the original on 15 April 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2008.
- "Irish Farmers Market website". Archived from the original on 22 May 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2008.