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In just two years, the team behind the Longines Irish Champions Weekend has lived up to the mantra ‘if you build it, they will come’ By EMMA BERRY They say that imitation is the sin- For the third year running, the contests across the weekend. cerest form of flattery but in cre- teams at the Curragh and Leopard- “This is the third year and we’re ating the Longines Irish Champions stown racecourses will host two absolutely delighted with how well Weekend, the organising commit- days of the best racing Ireland has it has established itself already,” tee has not just emulated QIPCO to offer on September 10 and 11. says Pat Keogh, Chief Executive of British Champions Day but taken Dual Classic winners Harzand (Ire) Leopardstown. the concept a step farther to build (Sea The Stars {Ire}) and Minding “If you look at Formula 1, the a unique collaboration between (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) head a list of show goes around the world and two major racecourses. stellar entries for the five Group 1 each country has its day in the 53