The Curragh presents superb entertainment line-up for Day 2 of Longines Irish Champions Weekend


Day two of Longines Irish Champions Weekend on Sunday September 10 is set to be an exciting finale to the 2017 season at The Curragh, attracting many of the very best horses in training.

The Comer Group International Irish St Leger will take centre stage on the track with the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes and Moyglare Stud Stakes also forming part of a world class programme of eight races starting at 2pm.


In addition, the race day will feature the Thoroughbred Trail, Parade of Champions, the Longines Prize of Elegance for ladies and men, Family Fun and an exciting line up of music performers.


The Curragh Thoroughbred Trail kicks off the day with the public having the unique opportunity to visit some of the leading stable yards, stud farms and other equine establishments around the Curragh. There are eight trails to choose from and include visits to Godolphin’s Kildangan Stud, The Irish National Stud, legendary trainers Dermot Weld and John Oxx, veterinary establishments Anglesey Lodge and Sycamore Lodge and many more.   Tickets for some of the Trails are still available and must be purchased in advance.


Racegoers are in for a real treat to see many National Hunt champions together for the first time in the Parade of Champions taking place after the first race. A number of these horses used the world famous Curragh Training Grounds in their preparations for big race successes. The impressive line up features Sizing John, winner of the 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup, Our Duke, winner of the 2017 Irish Grand National and Champion Hurdler Hurricane Fly, together with multiple Grade One winner Un De Sceaux. The Curragh will also continue the tradition of inviting the winner of the prestigious Racehorse to Riding Class at the Dublin Horse Show with Un Atout joining the parade, along with 2016 winner Forpadydeplasterer.


The Longines Prize For Elegance boasts an impressive prize fund of €25,000 across the weekend. Phase two takes place at the Curragh with amazing prizes on offer for the most elegant lady and gent. The most elegant lady will receive an elegant timepiece from Longines and a Kildare Village €3,000 shopping experience to be spent at any of their luxury stores. 

She will also receive a year’s complimentary hairdressing at the David Marshall Hair Salon to the value of €2,000. The most elegant gent will win a Longines timepiece, a €2,000 shopping spree from Kildare Village and a €500 voucher to spend with David Marshall Hair salon. The runners will receive vouchers from both Kildare Village and David Marshall.


There will also be a number of music performances on stage throughout the day including the Newbridge Gospel Choir, Dublin Welsh Male Voice Choir, Viva Manila and the grand finale will be the Connor McKeon band, best known for his live performances on the Late Late Show who will perform after the last race at 6pm.   


Day One of Longines Irish Champions Weekend takes place at Leopardstown on Saturday 9th September


Racegoers are advised to book tickets for day two of Longines Irish Champions Weekend in advance. Early bird tickets are available on until 31st August.




For more information contact: Evan Arkwright Commercial Manager, Curragh Racecourse or Kate O’Sullivan, Curragh Racecourse / 045 441206