Leopardstown Racecourse

U.S. Racing Investigators Inaugurate Exchange With Ireland And England

Over the next fortnight, board members of the Organization of Racing Investigators (ORI) will participate in a new exchange program, which features an intensive tour of hallowed racing sites in Ireland and England. "The new program is a continued effort by the ORI to exchange tradecraft and weigh how integrity is protected in different countries across the world," said ORI's immediate past chairman Jason Klouser. The small group, which includes Klouser, Tyler Durand, J.C. Jaramillo, Juan Estrada and David Duncan, will make stops at The Curragh, Leopardstown and Coolmore. Fellow...

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Al Shira'aa Racing Sponsor Group 3 On Derby Trials Day At Leopardstown

Al Shira'aa Racing have been announced as the new sponsors of the race previously known as the Cornelscourt S., won in 2023 by the classy Zarinsk (GB) (Kodiac {GB}). The G3 Al Shira'aa Racing 'Mutamakina' S., run over a mile for three-year-old fillies, will be held at Leopardstown Racecourse on Sunday, May 12. The race will be named after Al Shira'aa's high-class racemare Mutamakina (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}). A Listed winner and Group 2-placed when trained in France by Carlos Laffon-Parias, Mutamakina later moved across the Atlantic to Christophe Clement for...

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Leopardstown Racecourse Announce Siobhan Rutledge Partnership

Meath jockey Siobhan Rutledge will be sponsored by Leopardstown Racecourse for the 2024 Flat season. Rutledge began her racing career in 2018 having graduated from the RACE Racing Academy. Riding predominantly for Stamullen-based trainer John McConnell, Rutledge has since clocked up a total of 73 career winners, notable winning the 2023 Connacht Oaks aboard Starry Heavens (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}) for Jessica Harrington. "I'm delighted to announce my partnership with Leopardstown Racecourse," said Rutledge. "I'm incredibly grateful for this amazing sponsorship opportunity and I can't wait to represent their brand on...

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Dubawi's Elizabeth Jane Surges To TDN Rising Stardom With Leopardstown Romp

Moyglare Stud's homebred Elizabeth Jane (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}--Sapphire {Ire}, by Medicean {GB}) sported her owner's second silks for Saturday's Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden and made a mockery of 16-1 odds with a power-packed display, collecting a 'TDN Rising Star' badge, in the one mile distaffers' test. The March-foaled chestnut was off the tempo in rear for the most part and inched forward rounding the home turn. Nudged along at the top of the straight, she made relentess headway to gain an edge passing the furlong marker and scooted...

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Galileo's Grosvenor Square Powers To Eyrefield Triumph

Aidan O'Brien representative Grosvenor Square (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}--Wadyhatta {GB}, by Cape Cross {Ire}), who possesses a similar profile to G3 Killavullan S. victor Atlantic Coast (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}), followed up a Galway debut victory with a third in last month's G2 Beresford S. and justified odds-on favouritism with a daylight win in Saturday's G3 Eyrefield S. at Leopardstown. The crowd's 10-11 pick tanked forward from the stalls and settled into a smooth rhythm on the front end through halfway. Comfortably clear straightening for home, he held an unassailable lead approaching...

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Kodiac's Atlantic Coast Edges Killavullan Thriller

Al Shira'aa Farms' homebred Atlantic Coast (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}--Liwa Palace {GB}, by Oasis Dream {GB}) backed up a debut win over seven furlongs at the Curragh in August with a third going one mile for last month's G2 Golden Fleece S. at Leopardstown and stepped forward to notch a personal best in Saturday's G3 Killavullan S. back at the Foxrock track. The 2-1 second choice was settled back in the field and raced several lengths off the pace in fifth through the early fractions. Inching closer once past halfway, he...

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Dullingham Park To Sponsor Group 2 At Leopardstown During Irish Champions Festival

Dullingham Park is the new sponsor of the G2 Clipper Mile on the first day of the Irish Champions Festival at Leopardstown on Sept. 9, Leopardstown Racecourse announced on Thursday. One of Newmarket's oldest establishments, Dullingham Park has recently been renovated and expanded as part of owner Steve Parkin's Clipper Group. The one-mile race was upgraded to Group 2 status in 2014, and has been won in the past by Parkin's Space Traveller (GB) (Bated Breath {GB}), who now stands at stud at Ballyhane Stud in Ireland. Ollie Fowlston, Managing...

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TDN Rising Star Ylang Ylang Makes All For Impressive Silver Flash Success

Aidan O'Brien trainee Ylang Ylang (GB) (Frankel {GB}--Shambolic {Ire}, by Shamardal), who made all for a 'TDN Rising Star' rosette with an impressive 2 3/4-length debut tally tackling seven furlongs at the Curragh in her only prior start, maintained her perfect record with a carbon-copy performance in Thursday's G3 Jockey Club Of Turkey Silver Flash S. at Leopardstown. The prohibitively priced 1-4 favourite was slick from the inside gate and seized an early two length advantage in this black-type bow. Untroubled through halfway, she was shaken up with 1 1/2...

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Plusvital Leopardstown Summer Series Trainers Championship Continued

Plusvital will sponsor the Plusvital Leopardstown Summer Series Training Championship, the racecourse announced on Thursday. The contest will run from Thursday, June 8 to Thursday, Aug. 24. An overall prize of €3,000 will be awarded to the Plusvital Leopardstown Leading trainer during this eight-week span. In addition, the Irish equine science company will provide significant prizes for the winner and placed horses. In addition, three races will be sponsored by Plusvital, and provide trainers and breeders of the first, second and third finishers in those races with Plusvital supplements and...

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Invincible Spirit's Pearls Galore Makes All For Matron Glory

Second in Leopardstown's G1 Coolmore America Justify Matron S. when just running out of runway in the one-mile contest last term, Paddy Twomey trainee Pearls Galore (Fr) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}--Pearl Banks {GB}, by Pivotal {GB}) left nothing to chance in this year's renewal back at the Foxrock venue and led every step of the way this time around to secure her first victory at the highest level. The Matron victory also booked Pearls Galore's ticket to the GI Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Keeneland in November. Haras de...

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Kodiac's Zarinsk Makes All In The Ingabelle

Irish Champions Weekend got under way with Leopardstown's €100,000 Listed Ballylinch Stud Irish EBF Ingabelle S. over seven furlongs, for 2-year-old fillies, which went the way of Ger Lyons and Colin Keane for a second straight edition after Juddmonte's Zarinsk (GB) (Kodiac {GB}--Pavlosk, by Arch) posted a 2 1/2-length success from Library (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). Zarinsk, who backed up a May 22 debut success at the Curragh with a fourth in the G2 Airlie Stud S. back there the following month, was unable to feature at the business end of...

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Vadeni Heads Irish Champion Septet

Before the sad news broke of The Queen's passing on Thursday, the final fields were drawn for Leopardstown's G1 Irish Champion S. and Doncaster's G1 Cazoo St Leger. There will be seven contenders for the Irish Champion, while if racing continues in Britain on Saturday--a statement is due from the BHA on Friday--there will be nine heading to post for the world's oldest Classic. The Aga Khan's G1 Prix du Jockey Club and G1 Eclipse hero Vadeni (Fr) (Churchill {Ire}) will depart from stall two in the Irish Champion, with...

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