LEOPARDSTOWN RACECOURSE, Co. Dublin
(Gaelic: Baile an Lobhair. Meaning: The Town of the Lepers)
Leopardstown was built in 1888 by Captain George Quin. It was purchased by the Racing Board (since evolved into Horse Racing Ireland) in 1967 in order to secure its future for racing. Leopardstown is arguably Ireland’s premier racecourse, hosting some of the biggest races in the calendar, in both jump racing during the Winter, and flat racing for the rest of the year. These experiences range from the Christmas festival, to fun-filled Live at Leopardstown racing and music meetings in Summer, to the Autumn season when one of the global racing highlight is run - the Irish Champion Stakes.
Leopardstown hosts 23 meetings per year and these are pretty evenly spread over the course of 12 months. You just can’t ask for any more on a day out – Good company and great horses, all together in a great setting with a real sense of occasion. Perfect.
The course is a left-handed oval of one mile and six furlongs with an uphill finishing straight.
For more details, see www.leopardstown.com