Leopardstown to host student race day

by James Hendicott
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Leopardstown’s long-running student race day is to return on April 6, combining a race programme with a heap of other student-focused entertainment.

The event has been popular in previous years, attracting sell out crowds in the tens of thousands before covid put a stop to the annual event over the past couple of seasons.

The return, which will be sponsored by radio station SPIN 1038 who will also be contributing to the entertainment on the day, will likely sell out in advance, with tickets available across three tiers of pricing (starting at €25 at the time of writing) on the Leopardstown website. The price includes a free shuttle bus from the Sandyford luas stop.

Popular local act Riff Shop will headline the musical portion of the event, bringing a sound that combines percussion and mixing with Jamaican-style steel pan music and sax. In addition to the music the eight race programme will occupy the bulk of the day, starting at 14,30, and dating games, a 360° Photo Booth and a best dressed gal and guy competition will add to the colour.

“We’re really excited about the return of SPIN1038 Student Race Day, particularly as it’s the biggest student day out in the country, with 10,000 students due to come,” said Tim Husbands, Chief Executive of Leopardstown Racecourse. “It’s a great opportunity to introduce our sport to a brand new generation of budding horse racing fans through a fun and accessible race day.”

The event precedes another Leopardstown return, the Bulmers live series, which sees racing combined with a series of gigs usually held in a tent behind the stand, and featuring a series of Irish favourites across several weekends.

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