This year KPMG celebrates 10 years of supporting the Longines Irish Champions Stakes Weekend. Once again it promises to be an exciting festival of world-class flat racing right here in Ireland. Some of the world’s top-rated horses could go head-to-head this year in the €1,000,000 feature race, the Royal Bahrain Irish Champion Stakes.

Winner of the 2022 KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes

Auguste Rodin was the impressive winner of the 2022 KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes at Leopardstown. The Aidan O’Brien-trained Augeste Rodin proved too strong for his rivals as Jockey, Ryan Moore tracked the leaders in the mile contest before asking his mount to take closer order passing the two-pole. He gained a narrow lead passing the furlong marker and kept on well, despite drifting to his right in the closing stages, to post a length-and-a-half success over Caroline Street

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Style competition

The Longines Irish Champions Weekend is synonymous with style. For the second year running, to celebrate Irish fashion and to shine a light on aspiring young designers across the country, the event is hosting a competition for young designers where finalists will showcase their designs as part of the weekend. The winner will receive a prize to the value of €10,000 which includes a Longines timepiece, a profiling piece with our media partner as well as a €1,000 cash prize fund. 

2021 feature race

Last year’s feature race was a true heavyweight contest with the world’s top-rated horse and four-time Group 1 winner St Mark’s Basilica and the world’s highest-rated distaffer and Breeders’ Cup winner Tarnawa as well as the world’s leading three-year-old miler and dual Group 1 winner Poetic Flare. St Mark’s Basilica preserved his unbeaten record to win the Irish Champion Stakes. 

2021 renewal of the KPMG Champions Juvenile Group 2 contest was won by Atomic Jones, trained by Ger Lyons. Atomic Jones came with a storming run down the outside to lift the Group 2 contest and complete a quick double for trainer Ger Lyons and jockey Colin Keane at Leopardstown. Another star to emerge from the race was Stone Age. Following on from the race, the Galileo colt went on to win the Derby Trials at Leopardstown, he ran a competitive race in the Cazoo Derby and place 3rd in the Belmont Stakes in the USA. Due to the status of the race, the winner is eligible for a place in the Breeders Cup, due to the WIN & YOU’RE IN status.

2021 KPMG race

2021 renewal of the KPMG Champions Juvenile Group 2 contest was won by Atomic Jones, trained by Ger Lyons. Atomic Jones came with a storming run down the outside to lift the Group 2 contest and complete a quick double for trainer Ger Lyons and jockey Colin Keane at Leopardstown. Another star to emerge from the race was Stone Age. Following on from the race, the Galileo colt went on to win the Derby Trials at Leopardstown, he ran a competitive race in the Cazoo Derby and place 3rd in the Belmont Stakes in the USA. Due to the status of the race, the winner is eligible for a place in the Breeders Cup, due to the WIN & YOU’RE IN status. 

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