Date - September 22, 2018

Big Races

In this section takes a look at the overall history of the big races that have shaped the pattern system for Ireland and the UK and have defined horse racing’s champions. From the Cheltenham Festival to the Grand National, Epsom Derby, Royal Ascot, York’s Ebor meeting, Newbury’s Winter Festival and Kempton’s King George VI Chase, gives you insight into the famous winners that have made these races so prestigious.

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Irish Champions Weekend Review


Sparkle’n’joy gives Irish Champions Weekend lift off for Jessica Harrington

Sparkle’n’joy showed tremendous heart to battle back and win the Listed Ballylinch Stud Irish EBF Ingabelle Stakes at Leopardstown.

A field of sixteen two year old fillies took part… Read More

Big Race History: Moyglare Stud Stakes

Ireland’s Championship defining race for two year old fillies began in 1970.

Initially run over six furlongs, the race was extended to seven furlongs in 1992 and is contested every September. Since 2014 it has formed part of the Irish… Read More

Big Race History: Irish St Leger

The Irish St Leger is the fifth and final Irish Classic of the Turf Flat Season and takes place at the Curragh every September.

The 1 ¾ mile contest has formed part of the LONGINES Irish Champions Weekend since 2014.… Read More

Big Race History: St Leger Stakes

The world’s oldest Classic horse race takes place at Doncaster each September.  The term ‘Heritage Race’ could almost have been invented for a race which was first run in 1776.

The St Leger forms the final part of the… Read More

Big Race History: Irish Champion Stakes

The Irish Champion Stakes has been a modicum for excellence since its inception in 1976, when the race was inaugurated as the Joe McGrath Memorial Stakes.

Originally run at Leopardstown, the race commemorated Joe McGrath, who had passed away a… Read More

2018 York Ebor Festival Review

Phoenix Of Spain lands the Acomb Stakes

Phoenix Of Spain powered to an impressive victory in the Group Three Tattersalls Acomb Stakes at York.

The first Group race on York’s Ebor Festival saw a field of eight juveniles vying to… Read More

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