Elite will battle for €4m in prize money over two days
Published 02/09/2015 | 02:30
Now in its second year the Longines Irish Champions Weekend takes place at Leopardstown on Saturday, September 12 and the Curragh on Sunday, September 13.
Uniquely, five Group 1 races will take place over the two days, making it the most valuable weekend of racing on the Irish calendar. Prize-money is in excess of €4m.
The race programme also includes three Group 2 races, two Group 3 races and four premier handicaps, each worth €150,000, making them the four most valuable flat handicaps in Ireland.
Among the Group 1 races will be the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes which is likely to see the 2014 winner The Grey Gatsby back in a bid to defend his crown.
This race remains one of the highest-rated races on the international calendar and will be worth €1.1m, an increase of €100,000 on last year.
Group 1 races at the Curragh the following day include the Moyglare Stud Stakes and the Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger.
Brian Kavanagh, chief executive of Horse Racing Ireland, said: "Last year's event surpassed all of our expectations.