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Irish Champions Weekend: Free bets, tips, dates and full racecard for two-day Leopardstown showpiece

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GET ready for a huge two days of action at Leopardstown and the Curragh over Irish Champions Weekend.

The action begins on Saturday, September 11 at Leopardstown and will feature clashes between some of the best horses on both sides of the Irish sea.

Irish Champions Weekend will be a fantastic weekend of racing

There are six Group 1 contests over the two days, with over €4.6million in prize-money on offer.

The big races

The standout race over the two days is Saturday’s Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.

This year’s running promises to be spectacular, with top-classy filly Tarnawa and leading three-year-old colt St Mark’s Basilica leading an all-star field.

On Sunday the Curragh hosts no less than four Group 1s, with the Cazoo Irish St Leger the marquee event.

Search For A Song has won the last two runnings of the prestigious stayers’ contest and returns to defend his crown this season.


Another to look at for on Sunday is the Aidan O’Brien-trained Point Lonsdale, who puts his unbeaten record on the line in the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes

How can I watch?

The action will available to watch at home on RTE over the two days, with ITV set to screen Irish Champion Stakes on Saturday and the Irish St Leger on Sunday.

Subscribers to Racing TV will be able to enjoy each of the 16 races live over the weekend.


Race schedule

Leopardstown (Saturday, September 11)

12.40: Ballylinch Stud EBF Ingabelle Stakes (Listed) 
1.10: KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes (Group 2)   
1.40: Coolmore America ‘Justify’ Matron Stakes (Group 1) 
2.10: Clipper Logistics Boomerang Mile (Group 2)                           
2.45: Irish Champion Stakes (Group 1)      
3.15: Paddy Power Stakes of €100,000
3.45: Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Petingo’ Handicap
4.20: Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Sovereign Path’ Handicap 

Curragh (Sunday, September 12)

1:45: IEBF Bold Lad Premier Handicap
2.20: Derrinstown Stud Flying Five (Group 1) 
2.50: Moyglare “Jewels” Blandford Stakes (Group 2)
3.25: Moyglare Stud Stakes (Group 1)   
4.00: Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes (Group 1)  
4.35: Comer Group International Irish St Leger (Group 1) 
5.05: Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sales Stakes 
5.45: IEBF Northfields Premier Handicap


Free bets

As ever we’ll have a superb range of betting offers for the week to keep you a step ahead of the bookies. A number of special offers will be available closer to the off on Saturday.



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Who should I back?

Keep an eye on our Fiver Flutter from Sun Racing over the two days for the best selections. Our top tipster Templegate will also offer his assessment and tips

Ticket news?

For the first time since last spring there will be a crowd of 4,000 on course at each of the two days.

Registration for tickets to the event has now closed.

Remember to gamble responsibly

A responsible gambler is someone who:

  • Establishes time and monetary limits before playing
  • Only gambles with money they can afford to lose
  • Never chase their losses
  • Doesn’t gamble if they’re upset, angry or depressed
  • Gamcare – www.gamcare.org.uk
  • Gamble Aware – www.begambleaware.org

For help with a gambling problem, call the National Gambling Helpline on 0808 8020 133 or go to www.gamstop.co.uk to be excluded from all UK-regulated gambling websites. 

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