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2019 Dublin Racing Festival news - What to look forward at Leopardstown next month

The runners approach the hill at Leopardstown during last year's Dublin Racing Festival.

We take an early look at the Dublin Racing Festival and take a look at the race’s punters can look forward to watching during the popular two-day meeting at Leopardstown.

Last year saw the inaugural Dublin Racing Festival hit our screens and the meeting was an unprecedented success. Leopardstown outdid themselves once again, displaying the best in Irish music, culture and, of course, racing. 

At the start of next month, Irish National Hunt racing’s elite will once again travel to Leopardstown for two days of scintillating action. Prize money for all seven of the Grade Ones and many of the surrounding contests have been boosted, so there’s plenty for viewers to look forward to during this year’s Dublin Racing Festival.

Day one’s card kicks off with a bang, as a field of promising staying hurdlers take part in the Grade One Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors Novice Hurdle. We then have a double-header of two mile chases to enjoy, with the Grade Two Dublin Chase leading perfectly into the Arkle Novices’ Chase, a race which could see Mengli Khan and Le Richebourg renew rivalries once again.

After the winner of the Sandyford Handicap has departed the scene, the runners in the feature race of the afternoon will hit the track. Last year, it was Supasundae who prevailed over Faugheen in the Irish Champion Hurdle, but the one to stop this year will undoubtedly be Apple’s Jade, who will drop back to two miles after sparkling over longer trips during the second half of 2018.

The first of four Grade Ones to take place on Sunday is the Spring Juvenile Hurdle. Novices will, again, take centre stage in the following contest, with the likes of Quick Grabbim, Aramon and Battleoverdoyen set to lock horns over two miles in the Deloitte Novices’ Hurdle. Various Cheltenham Festival hopefuls will then clash in the Flogas Novices’ Chase, before we reach the feature race of the entire Dublin Racing Festival.

12 months ago, Edwulf completed his miraculous recovery by claiming a stunning victory in the Irish Gold Cup. This year, Presenting Percy could start out on his path towards Cheltenham by taking part in this Grade One and he could lock horns with talented rivals like Balko Des Flos, Monalee and Outlander.

2019 Dublin Racing Festival Schedule


Day One - Saturday 2nd February
12:50pm Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m6f
1:25pm Ladbrokes Dublin Chase (Grade 2) 2m1f
2:00pm Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase (Grade 1) 2m1f
2:35pm Matheson Handicap Chase (Grade B) 2m1f
3:10pm BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m
3:45pm Ladbrokes Hurdle (Grade B Handicap) 2m
4:20pm Goffs Future Stars (C & G) I.N.H. Flat Race (Grade 2)

Day Two - Sunday 3rd February
12:40pm Irish Stallion Farms EBF Paddy Mullins Mares Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) 2m2f
1:15pm Tattersalls Ireland Spring Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m
1:50pm Chanelle Pharma Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m
2:25pm William Fry Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) 3m
3:00pm Flogas Novice Chase (Grade 1) 2m5f
3:35pm Unibet Irish Gold Cup (Chase) (Grade 1) 3m
4:10pm Abbey International Handicap Chase (Grade A) 2m5f
4:40pm Coolmore N.H. Sires Irish EBF Mares I.N.H. Flat Race (Grade 2) 2m


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2019 Dublin Racing Festival news - What to look forward at Leopardstown next month

We take an early look at the Dublin Racing Festival and take a look at the race’s punters can look forward to watching during the popular two-day meeting at Leopardstown on Saturday 2nd February.

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