Irish Leger moves to evening slot in bid to heighten profile

This year’s Gain Horse Feeds Irish St Leger will be run in an early-evening slot in a bid to heighten the profile of the Group One race.

The Curragh switched the Irish Derby to an evening start earlier this year and after hailing that move a success, officials will follow suit with a later start to the fixture on September 15. The final Irish Classic of the season will now start at 6.05pm, while the Group One Goffs Vincent O’Brien Stakes, formerly known as the National Stakes, will end the eight-race card at 6.40pm.

Curragh general manager Paul Hensey said: “Following discussions with our sponsors and RTE, we feel that moving the feature races to a later time will ensure we maximise the opportunity to boost attendance, television coverage and the profile of what is undoubtedly one of our best racing days of the season.”

The list of entries for this year’s contest includes last year’s joint-winner, Jukebox Jury, 2010 winner, Sans Frontieres, Melbourne Cup hero, Dunaden, Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby winners, Fame and Glory and Treasure Beach, and the Dermot Weld-trained pair, Unaccompanied and Galileo’s Choice.

Camelot’s attempt to become the first horse since Nijinsky in 1970 to win the Triple Crown at Doncaster will be shown on large screens throughout the enclosures.

Admission will be €20 and under 16’s are free. First race is scheduled for 3.00.

Hensey also confirmed next year’s Darley Irish Oaks will be moved from its traditional Sunday afternoon slot to Saturday, July 20.


Lifestyle

Junior Cert and Leaving Cert students mustn’t be forced to go through the motions with state exams, and we need creative thinking to find alternatives fast, writes mother and educator Ellie O’Byrne.Policy fail? Insistence that state exams go ahead in June is glib and ignorant

Yes, we all need to stay at home but that doesn't mean your children have to be bored, says Michelle McGlynnWorld of wonder: What to do with the children outdoors

Over the next three weeks, I am going to outline how you can support yourself and your family over this period of lockdown, writes Richard Hogan.Learning Points: Keeping children on a healthy and happy regime

As we are settling into our new routines of self isolation, staying at home and home schooling it feels that a whole new set of pressures is coming down the tracks.Mum's The Word: Pressure to be productive in a world of online classes

More From The Irish Examiner