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    Irish Champions Weekend

    I hope this initiative is a success because the organisers have taken the trouble to put some reasonable deals on offer.

    General admission on both days is 20 (18 online) and a two day ticket can be got online for 30. Leopardstown and the Curragh are both doing an offer of admission, race cards, a table for the day and a 3-course meal for 80, and some decent hotels are combining this offer with two nights accommodation and transfers to the courses for 460.

    The first race on the Saturday is off at around 15.40, which leaves plenty of time to get to Dublin on the Saturday morning.

    The racing won't be bad either, although I'm surprised that prize money for the Irish Champion Stakes remains at 1m. Instead there has been a boost for other races, with the other four Gr1s worth 300k each, the two Gr2 races 200k, the three Gr3 races 100k and the four handicaps 150k.

    If they want to attract good numbers of visitors though they will need to address the matter of getting to the tracks. Leopardstown is easy enough to get to nowadays but the Curragh is 30 miles from Dublin and the trains don't stop there any more (you have to go to Kildare and get a shuttle from there). Bus services from Dublin are operated by www.dublincoach.ie
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey View Post

    If they want to attract good numbers of visitors though they will need to address the matter of getting to the tracks. Leopardstown is easy enough to get to nowadays but the Curragh is 30 miles from Dublin and the trains don't stop there any more (you have to go to Kildare and get a shuttle from there). Bus services from Dublin are operated by www.dublincoach.ie
    The Curragh offer a bus service from Dublin and it will be going on the Sunday.

    Special Dublin Coach Services available on this race day *

    Pickup Point
    Departs at: Westmoreland Street 11.30am
    Ballsbridge Inn (Old Jurys Hotel) 11.50am
    Bewleys Hotel, Leopardstown 12.20pm
    Newlands Cross (before the lights) 12.40pm

    Return from Curragh 6.30pm

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    I hope it is a success, too. I'll try to attend on both days; Saturdays are always difficult for me, which is why it is very helpful that they have gone with a later start that day.

    It amazes me how stuck in its ways UK racing is. Why have so much bad racing on Sundays, with very busy Saturdays? But I guess we have been through that one before. But the late starts for Punchestown, the Irish Derby, the Irish Oaks and Champions Day are very very helpful for punters like me.
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    I'm doing the Champion Stakes Shelbourne Park double. It's easily the highlight of the racing calendar. I expect to have a beer with Mr Bull.

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    Any chance of a flat GWID ?
    I shall attend both days if alive for sure.
    plenty of win and you are in races over the next month in Ireland for the Champion races.
    A very good initiative.

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    When you consider that County admission for one day at York's Ebor meeting is 52 (if you book now...55 if you leave it) which only includes a racecard, it puts UK courses to shame.

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    I think Leopardstown is the best track anywhere to go racing.

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    I will be there to witness the latest in the series of "I wonder why Slim didn't make it" conversations.

    I live near the course and if anybody needs a room for the night I know the location of all the local hotels and can offer directions.
    "And still they gazed and still the wonder grew. That one small head could carry all he knew."

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    Quote Originally Posted by edgt View Post
    Any chance of a flat GWID ?
    I shall attend both days if alive for sure.
    plenty of win and you are in races over the next month in Ireland for the Champion races.
    A very good initiative.
    Could I politely request a translation of the 1st and 3rd sentences here please?

    Actually I've just worked out the 3rd.
    Last edited by simmo; 22nd July 2014 at 8:56 PM.
    Alba Gu Brath!

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    Quote Originally Posted by an capall View Post
    I will be there to witness the latest in the series of "I wonder why Slim didn't make it" conversations.

    I live near the course and if anybody needs a room for the night I know the location of all the local hotels and can offer directions.
    I heard you were rather scathing about me in February. I booked the weekend off in January. The Irish Champion stakes is not to be missed.

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    Misreported. You remain unscathed.
    "And still they gazed and still the wonder grew. That one small head could carry all he knew."

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    GWID Great (some say Gay) Weekend In Dublin.
    This is where forumites meet and greet and drink and bitch and tell tall tales of punting success and excess and ones that got away and all that.
    Usually occurs at leopardstown January weekend meting with Bewleys Leopardstown as base.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edgt View Post
    GWID Great (some say Gay) Weekend In Dublin.
    This is where forumites meet and greet and drink and bitch and tell tall tales of punting success and excess and ones that got away and all that.
    Usually occurs at leopardstown January weekend meting with Bewleys Leopardstown as base.
    After-timing is actively encouraged.
    "And still they gazed and still the wonder grew. That one small head could carry all he knew."

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    I knew you'd say that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edgt View Post
    GWID Great (some say Gay) Weekend In Dublin.
    This is where forumites meet and greet and drink and bitch and tell tall tales of punting success and excess and ones that got away and all that.
    Usually occurs at leopardstown January weekend meting with Bewleys Leopardstown as base.
    Ah ha - knew it was something of the sort - just couldn't recall what.
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    The missing apostrophe is killing me.
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    Among the offers are
    All registered owners HRI can get a weekend ticket for 20 Euro from Leopardstown racecourse, 8 tickets per owner.
    The "Curragh Trail" on Sunday sponsored by DublinCoach include visits to John Oxx, D T Hughes, John Murtagh, Paul Deegan, Irish National Stud, Kildangan Stud and RACE centre.
    Coaches visit three of the above and fill on a first come first fill basis.
    All in ticket costs an extra fiver or 7 euro for Curragh members.
    Full details on www.curragh.ie . Numbers are limited and children are free.
    Hopefully the weather will be fair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edgt View Post
    first come first fill basis
    somebody's getting sloppy seconds then.
    Alba Gu Brath!

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    In case Del Boy turns up we should change that to "first come, then fill basis."
    "And still they gazed and still the wonder grew. That one small head could carry all he knew."

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    Who is going?

    Any thoughts on the racing?

    I think Australia will be hard to beat.
    "And still they gazed and still the wonder grew. That one small head could carry all he knew."

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