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2020 Irish Champions Weekend Schedule - Five Group Ones and a Classic are up for grabs in Ireland

  • We bring you the full schedule for Irish Champions Weekend
  • The first day of the 2020 meeting takes place at Leopardstown on Saturday 12th September
  • Magical will bid to retain her Irish Champion Stakes crown in the main event on day one
  • The second and final day is run at the Curragh
  • The Irish St Leger is the feature race on the stacked Sunday card
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Magical (right) winning last year's Irish Champion Stakes. (Getty)

We bring you the Irish Champions Weekend schedule, with two huge days of action expected at Leopardstown and the Curragh.

In 2014, the HRI decided to move Irish Champion Stakes day at Leopardstown to the same weekend as the Irish St Leger card at the Curragh. Thus, Irish Champions Weekend was born, and it's proven to be a hugely popular meeting with flat racing fans.

Over the two days, five fantastic Group One prizes will be up for grabs, along with the final Classic of the season in Ireland, the St Leger. Several other important pattern races will be run during Irish Champions Weekend, as well as some competitive handicaps to whet the punter's appetites.

Let's take a look through both cards in full and bring you the 2020 Irish Champions Weekend dates.

2020 Irish Champions Weekend Schedule and Dates


2020 Irish Champions Weekend Day One - Saturday 12th September


Time
Course
Title
1:55pm Leopardstown Ingabelle Stakes (Listed) 7f
2:30pm Leopardstown Petingo Handicap (Premier Handicap) 1m5f
3:05pm Leopardstown Champions Juvenile Stakes (Group 2) 1m
3:40pm Leopardstown Paddy Power Stakes (Group 3) 1m4f
4:15pm Leopardstown QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes (Group 1) 1m2f
4:50pm Leopardstown Boomerang Stakes (Group 2) 1m
5:25pm Leopardstown Matron Stakes (Group 1) 1m
6:00pm Leopardstown Sovereign Path Handicap (Premier Handicap) 7f

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Leopardstown's card on Saturday opened with the Listed Ingabelle Stakes, before we move into the grueling Petingo Handicap. Next up is the Champions Juvenile Stakes, a Group Two which will give punters plenty of pointers towards next year's 2000 Guineas.

The Paddy Power Stakes is up next, before we reach the highlight of the card on the first day of Irish Champions Weekend. Magical will return to Leopardstown to defend her Irish Champions Stakes crown. There is, however, a possibility that "star of the season so far", Ghaiyyath could make the trip to Ireland and try to land his fourth Group One of the season.

The penultimate race on the card is also a Group One, the Matron Stakes. Many top fillies and mares have claimed victory in this one mile event in recent seasons, and a strong field is sure to assemble again in 2020.

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Search For A Song (left) winning the 2019 Irish St Leger. (Getty)

2020 Irish Champions Weekend Day Two - Sunday 13th September


Time
Course
Title
1:20pm Curragh Bold Lad Handicap (Premier Handicap) 6f
1:55pm Curragh Blandford Stakes (Group 2) 1m2f
2:25pm Curragh Flying Five Stakes (Group 1) 5f
3:00pm Curragh Moyglare Stud Stakes (Group 1) 7f
3:35pm Curragh Vincent O'Brien National Stakes (Group 1) 7f
4:10pm Curragh Irish St Leger (Group 1) 1m6f
5:25pm Curragh Super Auction Sale Stakes 6½f
6:00pm Curragh Northfields Handicap (Premier Handicap) 1m2f
Sunday's action at the Curragh kicks off with the Bold Lad Handicap Sprint. The Blandford Stakes is up next, before some of the fastest sprinters in the sport do battle in the first Group One on day two of Irish Champions Weekend, the Flying Five Stakes.

Two-year-olds will then get the chance to thrust themselves into the picture for next year's Classics. Fillies take center-stage in the Moyglare Stud Stakes, before the colts fight for supremacy in the Vincent O'Brien National Stakes.

The Irish St Leger then brings the curtain down on Irish Champions Weekend in spectacular fashion. Unlike the British version, the Irish St Leger is open to both three-year-olds and older horses. Last year's surprise winner, Search For A Song will attempt to defend her crown, but could face stiff competition from top stars like Twilight Payment, Sovereign and Fujaira Prince.
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