Thursday 23 November 2017

Sun shines on second day of action at Leopardstown Festival

Michelle O'Brien and Donna Morgan from Blanchardstwon were at the races in Leopardstown.
Photo: Tony Gavin 27/12/2016
Michelle O'Brien and Donna Morgan from Blanchardstwon were at the races in Leopardstown. Photo: Tony Gavin 27/12/2016
Waterford hurler John Mullane at the races in Leopardstown. Photo: Tony Gavin 27/12/2016
Louise Edwards from Wicklow at the races in Leopardstown. Photo: Tony Gavin 27/12/2016
Eimear Murphy from Sandyford and Anne Marie Craig, Clontarf were at the races in Leopardstown. Photo: Tony Gavin 27/12/2016
Aisling Cooling from Artane at the races in Leopardstown. Photo: Tony Gavin 27/12/2016
Claire O'Halloran and Katie Troy from Dungarvan were at the races in Leopardstown. Photo: Tony Gavin 27/12/2016
Gemma Doyle and Jamie Hennessey from Lucan were at the races in Leopardstown. Photo: Tony Gavin 27/12/2016
Brothers John and Colbert Lynch from Coolock were at the races in Leopardstown. Photo: Tony Gavin 27/12/2016
Sarah Bartley, Sandra McCormack and Linda McCormack from Athboy, Co. Meath were at the races in Leopardstown. Photo: Tony Gavin 27/12/2016
Andrea Wylie, owner of the winning horse Marie Devie at the races in Leopardstown. Photo: Tony Gavin 27/12/2016
Lisa Farrell with her daughters Dawn and Chloe from Dalkey at the races in Leopardstown. Photo: Tony Gavin 27/12/2016
Dawn farrell from Dalkey at the races in Leopardstown. Photo: Tony Gavin 27/12/2016
Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary at the races in Leopardstown with his sons Luke and Matt (both wearing baubled hats and navy jackets) and their cousin Tom O'Leary (on the right). Photo: Tony Gavin 27/12/2016

Sean O'Grady

The second day of the Leopardstown Festival kicked off with a bang today as thousands from across the country descended on the race course.

After a dreary few days, clear skies and sunshine lifted punters' moods as the first race kicked off just after 12 noon.

It’s a busy day at the South Dublin race course as 17,000 punters are expected to attend across the day.

The first race was won by Merie Devie and jockey Ruby Walsh with owners Graham and Andrea Wylie thrilled with the result.

“You never know on the first hurdling debut. I am surprised We haven’t owned her for long and she’s only three. When it’s a mare, you always think she has a lot to do against the boys but I am chuffed to bits,” Andrea told Independent.ie.

The Newcastle woman attends Leopardstown every year and believes its ne of the most welcoming racing festivals there is.

“This is so friendly and the family always come so it’s a family occasion so we love coming over here,” she said.

Ruby Walsh and trainer Willie Mullins continued their winning streaks with wins in the second and third races. Bacardys came out on top in the Paddy Power Maiden Hurdle and hot favourite Douvan took home the Paddy Power Cashcard Steeplechase.

Racegoers watch the action during day one of the Christmas Festival at Leopardstown Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 26, 2016. See PA story RACING Leopardstown. Photo credit should read: PA Wire.
Racegoers watch the action during day one of the Christmas Festival at Leopardstown Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 26, 2016. See PA story RACING Leopardstown. Photo credit should read: PA Wire.

Online Editors

Promoted Links

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News