“We are delighted with the quality of the racing for the Dublin Racing Festival this weekend. It is promising to be a great two days.”
Jade heads the six acceptors for the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle on the
opening day of the Dublin Racing Festival on Saturday. Gordon Elliott’s star
mare, the winner of the Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle over three miles at
the Leopardstown Christmas Festival is on-course for an intriguing clash with
the Willie Mullins-trained Melon and Jessica Harrington’s Supasundae, winner of
the race last year.
There are 13 horses remaining in Sunday’s Unibet Irish Gold Cup with the Noel
Meade-trained Road To Respect set to clash with a strong Willie Mullins-trained
contingent which includes Al Boum Photo, Bellshill and Kemboy. Henry De
Bromhead has left Monalee in Sunday afternoon’s feature and also standing their
ground are the Tony Martin-trained Anibale Fly and last year’s hero, the Joseph
The first of eight Grade 1 races at the Dublin Racing Festival is the Nathaniel
Lacy & Partners Solicitors Novice Hurdle. Battleoverdoyen heads the 25 entries
and Gordon Elliott’s exciting six-year-old could face rivals of the calibre of
the Philip Dempsey-trained Derrinross, Pat Fahy’s Dunvegan and the Willie
Mullins-trained Relegate and Salsaretta.
Willie Mullins holds the strongest hand in the Ladbrokes Dublin Chase with
early favourites Footpad and Min going forward for the newly promoted Grade 1
event. Course specialist Simply Ned will take his chance for Nicky Richards and
the cross-channel challenge would be greatly strengthened if the Harry Whittington-trained
Saint Calvados was to line up.
The Aidan Howard-trained Winter Escape is among those remaining in the Frank
Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase where the Terence O’Brien-trained Articulum,
Henry De Bromhead’s Paloma Blue and the Gary Moore-trained Knocknanuss look
worthy opposition. Le Richebourg will certainly have his chance for Joseph
O'Brien while Voix Du Reve could yet represent Willie Mullins.
Winter Escape also has the option of taking on the Warren Greatrex-trained La
Bague Au Roi and Gordon Elliott’s Delta Work in the Flogas Novice Chase on
Sunday. The first of the Grade 1 races on the second day is the Tattersalls
Ireland Spring Juvenile Hurdle where Sir Erec and Tiger Tap Tap could renew
rivalry for trainers Joseph O'Brien and Willie Mullins. Gordon Elliott’s
acceptors include Chief Justice and Surin.
Mullins, Elliott and Henry De Bromhead dominate the entries for the Grade 1
Chanelle Pharma Novice Hurdle. Course and distance Grade 1 winner Aramon and
Klassical Dream are among the strong team the champion trainer has to choose
from while Elliott has both Vision D’honneur and a Grade 2 winner Felix Desjy.
Among those De Bromhead has left in are Dancing On My Own and Sinoria, while
another of interest would be the Joseph O’Brien-trained Triplicate.
Pat Keogh, CEO of Leopardstown Racecourse, said: “We are delighted with the
quality of the racing for the Dublin Racing Festival this weekend. It is
promising to be a great two days.”
@83Pamk @Derrinstown Thank you Pamela, we hope Erin can enjoy this year’s family day just as much 😀
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