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Free entry scheme for Irish Champions Weekend

July 2, 2014

Winning horses in qualifying races at Leopardstown, Tipperary, Gowran Park and the Curragh in August, will earn a free race entry for designated races on Irish Champions Weekend in September.

The ‘Free Entry Scheme’ incentive earns owners a refund equivalent to the total cost of running a horse, which had been entered at the initial entry stage, in the designated races on Irish Champions Weekend. Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) today issued a list of the qualifying races, and the corresponding races on Irish Champions Weekend, in which the winning horse will be entitled to a refund of their entry costs should they run.

The first of the qualifying races, the Ballyroan Stakes at Leopardstown on August 7th, closes for entries this Wednesday 2nd July.

‘Free Entry Scheme’ Irish Champions Weekend Race List

At this stage, just four races staged on Irish Champions Weekend are closed for initial entries (The QIPCO Irish Champions Stakes, The Palmerstown House Estate Irish St. Leger, The Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes and The Moyglare Stud Stakes) with the next, The Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes (Group 1), closing for initial entries this Wednesday 2nd July 2014.

Shane Doyle, HRI Race Planning Manager, said: “This incentive scheme, providing the equivalent of a free entry into Irish Champions Weekend for the winners of designated races, will hopefully lead to more competitive racing in the trials that lead up to Irish Champions Weekend and also encourage the winners to then go on participate in the relevant races. It will also allow us to focus attention throughout the month of August on what will be the greatest weekend of Flat racing Ireland has ever staged – at Leopardstown on 13th September and the Curragh on 14th September.”

View the full programme for Irish Champions Weekend – Click here

For further details contact:

Shane Doyle
Race Planning Manager – Horse Racing Ireland
Tel: + 353 (0) 45 455 674
Mob: + 353 (0) 87 7408 169
Email: sdoyle@hri.ie

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