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Leopardstown Christmas Festival: All you need to know

The Leopardstown Christmas Festival is an annual event, with the four-day meeting offering up the very best of National Hunt racing.

The December event stages no less than seven Grade 1 races, including the Future Champions Hurdle, the Savills Chase and the Matheson Hurdle.

When is the Leopardstown Christmas Festival?

This is always a post-Christmas event that runs from Boxing Day until 29th December, providing some of the best National Hunt action of the year.

In 2022, the first day is on Monday 26th December and the action will run until the fourth and final day on Thursday 29th December.

Where is the Leopardstown Christmas Festival?

The Festival takes place at Leopardstown racecourse in Dun Laoghaire–Rathdown, 8km south of the Dublin city centre, with the track staging both National Hunt and Flat racing.

Built by Captain George Quin and modelled on Sandown Park Racecourse, the left-handed oval track is one mile and six furlongs in distance with an uphill finishing straight.

Flat races are run over distances ranging from five furlongs to 20 furlongs and are started from stalls, while National Hunt racing are contested over at least 2 miles and are started at a tape barrier.

Where can I watch the Leopardstown Christmas Festival?

All the festive racing from Britain and Ireland is available to watch via the bet365 Sports Live Streaming platform.

All the races from Leopardstown's four-day Christmas Festival will also be broadcast on Racing TV, while ITV will be showing selected action from days' three (28th) and four (29th).

What is the feature race on day one at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival?

The opening day of the Festival is called St. Stephen's Day and this is one of the highlights in the racing and social calendar in Dublin.

A seven-race card kicks off proceedings on Boxing Day and The Racing Post Novice Chase (Grade 1) is the feature event on day one.

Set over 2m 1f, Ferny Hollow claimed the spoils in 2021 to give trainer Willie Mullins an eighth victory, while previous winners also include the likes of Sizing Europe, Min, Douvan and Moscow Flyer.

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What is the feature race on day two at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival?

The second day is packed full of top-class action and there are no less than two Grade 1 races to get stuck into, leaving equestrian enthusiasts spoiled for choice.

The Paddy's Rewards Club Chase is one of those, a race that has been won by stars such as Chacun Pour Soi and Douvan over the years.

In 2021, Rachael Blackmore steered Envoi Allen to victory for trainer Henry de Bromhead, taking his tally to three wins.

In the other Grade 1 on the day - the Future Champions Novice Hurdle - it was Mighty Potter who crossed the line first last year under the guidance of Jack Kennedy.

Willie Mullins is the most successful trainer in the history of this race with six victories, with his most recent triumph coming in 2020 as Appreciate It claimed the spoils.

What is the feature race on day three at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival?

On to the third day, which is Savills Day, and the feature race is the Grade 1 Savills Chase.

A target for all the leading yards, this race is run over a distance of about 3 miles and there are no less than 17 fences to be jumped.

Michael Hourigan is the most successful trainer in the history of this event, landing five winners, while Paul Carberry's four victories has him atop of the jockey standings.

Galvin came out on top in 2021, while the likes of A Plus Tard, Delta Work, Kemboy and Tidal Bay have all claimed the spoils in previous years.

What is the feature race on day four at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival?

Wrapping up the Christmas Festival is Matheson Hurdle Day and the feature race is the Grade 1 Matheson Hurdle - a race associated with some of the greatest 2m hurdlers.

Staged over a distance of about 2 miles, Istabraq, Hurricane Fly and Sharjah have all won this race four times, the latter winning for a fourth straight year in 2021 and becoming the only horse to achieve that feat.

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