Date - October 18, 2018


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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