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2019 Dublin Racing Festival news - Henderson, Greatrex and Richards represented in Grade One entries

Leopardstown races.

The entries for the eight Grade Ones at the Dublin Racing Festival were released today, with the names of several home trainers catching the eye of British supporters.

Organisers at Leopardstown would have hoped, especially after such a successful inaugural meeting 12 months ago, that more British trainers would target races at the Dublin Racing Festival. Sadly, after today’s entries for the Grade Ones were revealed, that doesn’t seem to be the case, but there are still a few notable names to get home fans excited about the upcoming two-day extravaganza.

Waiting Patiently and Top Notch have been handed entries in the feature race of the meeting, the Irish Gold Cup, but it’s unlikely either will make the trip over to Dublin. Presenting Percy may finally make his first appearance of the season in that fabled Grade One, where he could face stiff competition from the leading trio in last month’s Savills Chase, Kemboy, Monalee and Road To Respect.

Footpad opened up as the 5/4 favourite for the Dublin Chase with William Hill. Willie Mullins’ Champion Chase contender has, however, been beaten by two British raiders already this season, with Nicky Richards’ Simply Ned and Harry Whittington’s Saint Calvados both pencilled in for another crack at last year’s Arkle winner.

Delta Work has been the stand-out novice chaser on Irish soil this season, but he could face stiff competition in the Flogas Novices’ Chase in the form of La Bague Au Roi, who won the Kauto Star at Kempton for a jubilant Warren Greatrex. Nicky Henderson’s Adjali could take his chance in the Spring Juvenile Hurdle on Sunday afternoon, but considering the stranglehold Ireland’s power-couple hold on that card-opening Grade One, you’d be surprised if the British raider took his chance.

As you would expect, Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott dominate the entries for many of the top races. Ireland’s leading trainers account for 30 of the 57 entries in the opening race of the Festival, the Nathaniel Lacy And Partners Novices’ Hurdle. Mullins and Elliott also saddle 18 of the 32 entries in Sunday’s Chanelle Pharma Novices’ Hurdle, where Aramon could clash with Battleoverdoyen.

Just two horses outside the stables of Mullins and Elliott have been entered into the Irish Champion Hurdle. Jessica Harrington’s returning winner, Supasundae and Henry De Bromhead’s Petit Mouchoir could both line up against overwhelming favourite Apple’s Jade. It’s yet to see which of Willie Mullins’ battalion will take on Elliott’s star mare – with Laurina, Melon, Sharjah and Faugheen featuring in the entries – but all eyes will be on Apple’s Jade, as she looks to pass this test of speed before heading off to the Cheltenham Festival.

*Early Dublin Racing Festival betting with William Hill*

Dublin Chase (2/2/19)
5/4 Footpad, 10/3 Min, 6/1 Great Field, Un De Sceaux, 8/1 Waiting Patiently, 10/1 Simply Ned, 12/1 Saint Calvados, 14/1 Bar

Irish Champion Hurdle (2/2/19)
7/4 Apple's Jade, 4/1 Laurina, Sharjah, Melon, 5/1 Supasundae, 10/1 Faugheen, 14/1 Bar

Irish Gold Cup (3/2/19)
7/2 Kemboy, 5/1 Al Boum Photo, Presenting Percy, 6/1 Road To Respect, 7/1 Bellshill, 8/1 Monalee, Waiting Patiently, 12/1 Anibale Fly, Total Recall, 14/1 Bar

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