The Sport of Kings


Whether you’re a seasoned racegoer or thinking of going for the first time, it doesn’t get much better than the Christmas races at Leopardstown. Almost 58,000 excited punters will cross through the gates during the 4 day festival, the busiest racing days of the year. Anyone who enjoys a day out racing will tell you there is nothing quite like cheering your horse over the line. It’s an absolutely exhilarating feeling and nothing beats the atmosphere. So without further ado here is what you can expect to enjoy over the four day festival.




The first day, 26 December is called The Racing Post Day, with the Racing Post Novice Steeple Chase being the highlight of the afternoon. Day two, 27 December, is The Paddy Power Day which promises not to disappoint, with two Grade One races to thrill the spectators, The Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase and the Paddy Power Champion Novice Hurdle. Hats at the ready ladies, day three of the festival, 28 December is Lexus Chase Day and Ladies Day. This year is being sponsored by world renowned 5 star spa, Monart. The fabulous prize for Best Dressed is the ultimate get away to Monart’s beautiful resort, worth a staggering €5000. The final day of the festival is the Ryanair Day on 29 December, with the feature race being none other than the Ryanair Hurdle, a race which has been dominated by the mighty Hurricane Fly for four out of the last five years. Hurricane Fly retired earlier this year, so this race will be hotly contested to see who will follow in the champion’s footsteps.


ryanair day


In between the races why not pop into one of the many bars and restaurants around the track to grab a bite to eat or a delicious mulled wine? Warm the bones before heading back to the buzz of tote ring to see who is offering the best odds for your next winner!

• Gates Open 10am
• First Race 12:15pm (12:10pm – 27th/28th/29th)
• Last Race 3:25pm (15.30 – 27th/28th/29th)

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