Irish Champions Weekend

We are pleased to offer a 3 night tour for the Longines Irish Champions Weekend that will combine the Irish Champion Stakes and the Irish St. Leger. The weekend is action packed featuring two magnificent days of group racing. In addition to the excellent racing, we have organised a tour of the Irish National Stud as well as a trip around The Curragh Thoroughbred Trail (training yards subject to change). Hospitality is available at both racecourses at an extra charge so you can watch the races in comfort and style!

The Curragh is undergoing a €65 million redevelopment during 2018. During the development project, racing will continue as normal and be supported by temporary facilities to accommodate racegoers.


3 nights from £735 per person.


Friday 14 September 2018
Depart: London Heathrow, Flight BA834 10:35 hrs
Arrive: Dublin 12:05 hrs

On arrival you will be transferred to the 4* Keadeen Hotel in Newbridge for a 3 night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.
The rest of the day is at leisure.

Saturday 15 September 2018
You will be transferred to Leopardstown Racecourse where the feature race is the Group 1, QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes. Your package includes General Admission to the Racecourse.

Sunday 16 September 2018
After breakfast you will depart the hotel, to experience The Curragh Thoroughbred Trail. Following this tour you will head to The Curragh, where the feature race is the Group 1, Palmerstown House St Leger Stakes. Your package includes General Admission to the Racecourse.

Monday 17 September 2018
This morning we travel to the Irish National Stud for a guided tour. After your tour you can explore the rest of the Stud and look around the beautiful Japanese Gardens. After lunch (at your own expense) we shall depart early afternoon for our journey to Dublin Airport.

Depart: Dublin, Flight BA829 16:30 hrs
Arrive: London Heathrow 18:00 hrs

Departures are available from many local airports in the UK to Dublin. Your flight must arrive in Dublin AT LEAST TWO HOURS prior to the arrival of flight BA 834 from London Heathrow. Our coach will depart Dublin Airport immediately after the arrival of flight BA 834 from London Heathrow and we can accept no responsibility should your flight from a local airport be delayed or cancelled.

Single room supplement for the weekend: £80 per night


Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

The Keadeen Hotel is located in the heart of county Kildare, close to The Curragh racecourse. The hotel provides a combination of excellent service, timeless elegance and superb food. There is also a spacious health & Leisure club

Single supplement £80 per night.

Accommodation is on a Bed & Breakfast basis

Tour Highlights

• Racing at The Curragh & Leopardstown for the Irish Champion Stakes and the Irish St. Leger
• Visit the Irish National Stud
• Experience The Curragh Thoroughbred Trail

Additional Info

In 2017 the Irish Champions weekend boasted prize money totalling €4.25m and attracted the very best competition to Leopardstown and the Curragh.

The Irish Champion Stakes saw Decorated Knight fly past the field in the final quarter mile to claim victory with Andrea Atezeni in the saddle. Poet's Word and Eminent came in second and third. Decorated Knight, at 25-1 was the longest-priced winner in the race's history. The Irish St Leger, saw Order of St George romp home, possibly spurred on by last year's defeat. Torcedor was best of the rest in second, while Mount Moriah beat Wicklow Brave to third place.

The Curragh Thoroughbred Trail offers an exclusive behind the scene visit to some of Ireland's leading training yards on the Curragh. In previous years* Dermot Weld, John Feane, Paul Deegan, JP Murtagh, Eddie Harty & Willie McCreery opened their gates to the public.

*training yards subject to change


Saturday 15th September 2018 - Leopardstown

Hospitality is offered in the Pavilion Restaurant at Leopardstown, where you have a reserved, shared table from which to enjoy the day's racing. The package consists of a Race card, Buffet Lunch & Mini Afternoon tea. Drinks are payable locally.

Cost £175 per person.

Saturday 15th September 2018 - The Curragh

Hospitality is offered in the Marquee Restaurant at the Curragh. Included in the package is a Race card, Lunch (the main course may be buffet or table served) Mini Afternoon tea on a shared table which is yours for the day. The Hospitality marquee will have an internal bar with full waiter service, CCTV and Racing TV with tote screens and tote staff in attendance. No track views from the Marquee Restaurant. 

Cost £175 per person. 

Price Includes

• Scheduled flights with British Airways • Escorted coach transfers throughout • Twin/Double accommodation at The Keadeen Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis. • Tour of the Curragh Thoroughbred Trail ▪ Visit to the Irish National Stud • Assistance of our representatives throughout • General Admission at Leopardstown • General Admission at The Curragh Racecourse •

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