Jumps Season - At The Races


Leopardstown Course Guide

Leopardstown is the premier dual-purpose racecourse in Ireland, boasting action of the very highest quality both on the Flat and under National Hunt rules throughout the year. Conveniently located just 8km south of Dublin city centre, it hosts a total of 23 meetings throughout the year which feature a total of 13 Grade 1 races over jumps and two Group 1 races on the Flat.

While there is a steady stream of Group action on the Flat throughout the summer months, the centrepiece of Leopardstown’s Flat calendar is Irish Champion Stakes day which now makes up one half of Irish Champions Weekend in September. The featured Irish Champion Stakes is regularly rated as one of the best races in the world and has been won by the likes of Giant’s Causeway, High Chaparral, Sea The Stars and Snow Fairy.

Leopardstown hosts a series of highly-significant meetings during the winter months such as the Irish Champion Hurdle meeting in January and the Hennessy Gold Cup meeting in February, but pride of place goes to the Christmas Festival. Held over the course of four days from St Stephan’s Day onwards, it hosts seven Grade 1 races that give top-class horses in almost every division a chance to shine and it attracts the biggest crowds of the year to the track.

Jumps Racing

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A wide, left-handed oval track, about a mile and three quarters in length. The course is fairly level with easy turns except for a slight rise from the last bend. It provides a fair test, although three of the fences in the back straight are close together and occasionally catch out the less-accomplished chaser, and the finishing straight is relatively short. The inner hurdles course, used occasionally, is rather sharper in character than the chase track and tends to provide a significant test of tactical speed.


A brilliant galloping track. There are rarely hard-luck stories around Leopardstown unless you find yourself tight for room approaching the second-last hurdle. The inside hurdle track is quite different in character to the outside track and it can pay to be that bit handier, particularly when the field sizes are big. It’s a track that takes a lot more getting than many people give it credit for, as it’s deceptively stiff all the way up the straight. The fences are quite stiff, but they are fair and always rode well.

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12:05 Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Chase (0-123)

(2m 5f)
Emerald green & orange hooped, white cap (John P McManus)
  • Winner: Midnight Maestro
  • Jockey: T Joseph Kelly
  • Trainer: E Bolger
  • Owner: John P McManus

12:40 Pigsback.com Maiden Hurdle

(2m 4f)
Dark blue & white diamonds, white sleeves, red cap (R A Bartlett)
  • Winner: Stattler
  • Jockey: P Townend
  • Trainer: W P Mullins
  • Owner: R A Bartlett

13:15 Advent Insurance Irish EBF Mares Hurdle (Grade 3)

(Class 1) (2m 4f)
Emerald green, dark green sleeves, dark green cap, emerald green spots (Simon Munir & Isaac Souede)
  • Winner: Concertista
  • Jockey: P Townend
  • Trainer: W P Mullins
  • Owner: Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

13:50 Neville Hotels Novice Chase (Grade 1)

(Class 1) (3m)
Pink, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap (Mrs S Ricci)
  • Winner: Monkfish
  • Jockey: P Townend
  • Trainer: W P Mullins
  • Owner: Mrs S Ricci

14:25 Matheson Hurdle (Grade 1)

(Class 1) (2m)
Pink, light green spots, pink sleeves, light green cap (Mrs S Ricci)
  • Winner: Sharjah
  • Jockey: Mr P W Mullins
  • Trainer: W P Mullins
  • Owner: Mrs S Ricci

15:00 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Handicap Hurdle (80-130)

(2m 4f)
Royal blue, yellow stars, white sleeves, red cap (Striding Snail Syndicate)
  • Winner: Millen To One
  • Jockey: J W Kennedy
  • Trainer: Francis J Flood
  • Owner: Striding Snail Syndicate

15:35 Irish Injured Jockeys Flat Race

White & emerald green chevrons, red cap (Noel Moran & Mrs Valerie Moran)
  • Winner: Hollow Games
  • Jockey: Mr J J Codd
  • Trainer: G Elliott
  • Owner: Noel Moran & Mrs Valerie Moran