Horse Racing Ireland has announced changes to race times for Day One of Longines Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown on Saturday, 14th September, due to the All Ireland Senior Football Final Replay.
The changes have been made to avoid a direct clash with the Dublin v Kerry Replay at Croke Park, but also to accommodate a significant Japanese television audience following the exploits of the first ever Japanese-trained runner in Ireland, the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes entry, Deirdre.
The QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes, the highlight of Day One of Longines Irish Champions Weekend, will be shown live on Green Channel, Japan’s dedicated horse racing channel.
Racing at Leopardstown will now begin on Saturday, 14th September, at 1.55pm with the Listed Ballylinch Stud EBF Ingabelle Stakes.
The QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes will move to an earlier slot on the race list, and will be off at 4.15pm.
The second Group 1 on the card, the Coolmore ‘Fastnet Rock’ Matron Stakes, moves to 5.25pm and will be the last of five live races on RTÉ, while all races from the meeting will be live on Racing TV.
“The news that Green Channel will show the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes live on their channel is fantastic news for the profile of the race and we’ve been inundated with media requests from Japan which underlines the interest there in their brilliant racemare, Deirdre” said Leopardstown CEO, Pat Keogh.
“It’s an incredible day’s racing and is one for the whole family to enjoy – indeed it is worth repeating that accompanied children under-18 are free and there are plenty of free children’s activities.”
Revised schedule for Day One of Longines Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown on Saturday, September 14 is as follows:
1.55pm The Ballylinch Stud EBF Ingabelle Stakes (Listed).
2.30pm The Irish Stallions Farms EBF ‘Petingo’ Premier Handicap.
3.05pm The KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes (Group 2).
3.40pm The Paddy Power Betting Shop Stakes (Group 3).
4.15pm The QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes (Group 1).
4.50pm The Clipper Logistics Boomerang Stakes (Group 2).
5.25pm The Coolmore ‘Fastnet Rock’ Matron Stakes (Group 1).
6.00pm The Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Sovereign Path’ Premier Handicap.