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Racing Festivals

European racing boasts several major Festivals throughout the season.  Held at the most famous racecourses, these events combine first class racing, international contenders and a social scene to match. Champions are crowned in every nation, with the best of the best doing battle for racing's most prestigious races. If you would like to visit any of these iconic events, we are here to help you plan your trip.  2019 Major Festivals - DOWNLOAD


Longines Irish Champions Weekend

Leopardstown & The Curragh

Longines Irish Champions Weekend is a highlight of the European season. With 10 Group races including five Group 1 contests, as well as a series of valuable premier handicaps, the weekend provides a feast of top class racing. Proceeding’s start at Leopardstown on Saturday with the Goffs Champions Sale; a sale that offers a boutique of top class horses in training and attracts leading International buyers. The Curragh Thoroughbred Trail takes place before racing on the Sunday; the trail offers an exciting opportunity to have a unique visit to many of the leading training yards and stud farms. The weekend is filled with entertainment and high fashion, making it a highlight of the Irish social diary.


Roaring Lion was the standout horse of Irish Champions Weekend, beating old rival Saxon Warrior in the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes.

DateSaturday 14th & Sunday 15th September 2019
Prize Money €4.3million