We love Christmas racing at Leopardstown in Co Dublin. It’s up there as one of the established customs of an Irish Christmas but more fun than the never-ending hangovers or faking enthusiasm when you open another crap present.
As ever, the Leopardstown Christmas Festival will feature some of the biggest names in jumps racing competing for some of the biggest prizes of the season. From the Lexus Chase to the Istabraq Festive Hurdle via the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase, it’s four days jam-packed with quality racing, schmoozing and a healthy slice of festive cheer.
Oh, it begins on December 26. That’s St Stephen’s Day to us Paddies, and Boxing Day to you Brits.
We sent Josh the Paddy Power Christmas Elf down to top trainer Noel Meade’s yard to see how preparations were going. He caught up with the trainer who saddled Cross Appeal to victory in last year’s Paddy Power Chase and also had chinwags with racing siblings Paul and Nina Carberry.
To celebrate Josh getting banned from being within a 20 miles radius of Noel Meade’s house, we’ve got five pairs of tickets to Paddy Power Chase Day at Leopardstown and 100 pairs of Paddy Power Lucky Pants to give away. To be in with your chance of winning, simply answer the following question:
Who won the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase in 2008, 2010 and 2011?
(a) Big Zeb
(b) Big Tom and the Mainliners
Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org along with the subject line ‘I support this shameless plug for Paddy Power and Leopardstown’ before midday on Wednesday, December 26 and we’ll announce the winners of the tickets not long after. Please include your Paddy Power username or a valid email address in your answer as we may need to contact you if you’re lucky.
- One entry per person
- Winners will be drawn at random
- Paddy Power decision is final
For more on the Leopardstown Christmas Festival see their official site, here.