Leopardstown Racecourse hosts 22 race meetings throughout the year, providing a mixture of National Hunt and Flat fixtures. The four-day Christmas Festival at the end of December and The Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup in February are the highlights of the National Hunt season.One of the most prestigious Flat races is The Baileys Irish Champion Stakes – part of the World Series Racing Championship, which is run in September each year.
Punchestown Racecourse, the home of Irish National Hunt Racing for more than 150 years is very different to any other racecourse for the simple fact that it is the only racecourse in Ireland to continue to host cross country racing, the very founder of modern era steeple chasing. The racecourse has recently undergone a 20m re-development, which has seen it transformed into a state of the art complex, capable of catering for the huge crowds which are now attracted each year.
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