Irish Champions Weekend

We are pleased to offer a 3 night tour for the Longines Irish Champions Weekend that will combine the Irish Champion Stakes and the Irish St. Leger. The weekend is action packed featuring two magnificent days of group racing. In addition to the excellent racing, we have arranged hospitality at both racecourses so you can watch the races in comfort and style! Finally, we have organised a tour of the Irish National Stud as well as a trip around The Curragh Thoroughbred Trail (training yards subject to change).

The Curragh is now undergoing a €65 million redevelopment which is scheduled to end during the later half of 2018. During the development project, racing will continue as normal and be supported by temporary facilities to accommodate racegoers.


3 nights from £895 per person.


Friday 08 September 2017
Depart: London Heathrow, Flight BA834 10:35 hrs
Arrive: Dublin 12:05 hrs

On arrival you will be transferred to the 4* Keadeen Hotel in Newbridge for a 3 night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.
The rest of the day is at leisure.

Saturday 09 September 2017
You will be transferred to Leopardstown Racecourse where the feature race is the Group 1, QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes. You will be accommodated in the Pavilion Restaurant which offers a gourmet buffet and complimentary wine & soft drinks served throughout the day. Your reserved table for the afternoon affords an enviable position of the finishing straight.

Sunday 10 September 2017
After breakfast you will depart the hotel, to experience The Curragh Thoroughbred Trail. Following this tour you will head to The Curragh, where the feature race is the Group 1, Palmerstown House St Leger Stakes. We have arranged reserved tables for the day and a 3 course lunch in the Marquee hospitality area (no views of the track).

Monday 11 September 2017
This morning we travel to the Irish National Stud for a guided tour. After your tour you can explore the rest of the Stud and look around the beautiful Japanese Gardens. After lunch (at your own expense) we shall depart early afternoon for our journey to Dublin Airport.

Depart: Dublin, Flight BA 829 16:30 hrs
Arrive: London Heathrow 18:00 hrs

Departures are available from many local airports in the UK to Dublin. Your flight must arrive in Dublin AT LEAST TWO HOURS prior to the arrival of flight BA 834 from London Heathrow. Our coach will depart Dublin Airport immediately after the arrival of flight BA 834 from London Heathrow and we can accept no responsibility should your flight from a local airport be delayed or cancelled.

Single room supplement for the weekend: £300.00


Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

The Keadeen Hotel is located in the heart of county Kildare, close to The Curragh racecourse. The hotel provides a combination of excellent service, timeless elegance and superb food. There is also a spacious health & Leisure club

Single supplement £100 per night.

Accommodation is on a Bed & Breakfast basis

Tour Highlights

• Racing at The Curragh & Leopardstown for the Irish Champion Stakes and the Irish St. Leger
• Visit the Irish National Stud
• Experience The Curragh Thoroughbred Trail

Additional Info

In 2016 the Irish Champions weekend boasted prize money totaling €4.25m and attracted the very best competition to Leopardstown and the Curragh. Victory in the Group 1 QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes went to French-trained Alamanzor. Found and Minding came in second and third respectively for AP O'Brien. The Palmerstown House Stud Irish St Leger, resulted in just a four-runner field, although the 1/7 favourite Order of St George was upset by Wicklow Brave.

Other big winners on the track included the 25/1 winner of the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes, Intricately, who made it first past the post beatng the AP O'Brien trained Hydrangea and Rhododendron who came in second and third respectively. The Group 1 Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes was a convincing win for the celebrated duo of Ryan Moore and AP O'Brien with Alice Springs. 

The Curragh Thoroughbred Trail offers an exclusive behind the scene visit to some of Ireland's leading training yards on the Curragh. In previous years* Dermot Weld, John Feane, Paul Deegan, JP Murtagh, Eddie Harty & Willie McCreery opened their gates to the public.

*training yards subject to change

Price Includes

• Scheduled flights with British Airways • Escorted coach transfers throughout • Twin/Double accommodation at The Keadeen Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis. • Tour of the Curragh Thoroughbred Trail ▪ Visit to the Irish National Stud • Assistance of our representatives throughout • Admission and Pavilion Restaurant Hospitality package at Leopardstown • Racecourse Admission and Marquee Hospitality package at The Curragh Racecourse •

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