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Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown
Get ready for an action-packed weekend as the Dublin Racing Festival returns to Leopardstown with Grade 1 excitement! Some of the biggest names in horse racing are set to compete, promising thrilling battles and unforgettable moments.
Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup: Galopin Des Champs Aims for Back-to-Back Wins
In a race that he triumphed in last year, Galopin Des Champs is back to defend his title in the Grade 1 Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup. After an impressive victory at the Savills Chase during the Leopardstown Christmas Festival, this Willie Mullins-trained star is ready to clash once again with his old rival Fastorslow, trained by Martin Brassil. The competition doesn’t stop there, as Gordon Elliott’s Conflated and Coko Beach have also thrown their hats into the ring. Completing this exciting lineup is I Am Maximus, stable companion of Galopin Des Champs.
Goffs Irish Arkle Novice Chase: Marine Nationale Leads Strong Field
The Grade 1 Goffs Irish Arkle Novice Chase promises fierce competition with eight horses vying for glory. Barry Connell’s Marine Nationale leads the way after a fantastic win at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival. However, Gaelic Warrior from Willie Mullins’ yard poses a strong challenge along with Il Etait Temps and Facile Vega also representing him. Found A Fifty could be flying high under the guidance of Gordon Elliott, who also has American Mike and Senecia in contention.
Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors Novice Hurdle: Mullins Dominates
Willie Mullins’ dominance is evident in the Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors Novice Hurdle with six of his contenders out of nine remaining. Predators Gold leads his impressive team which includes Loughglynn and I Will Be Baie. But Jessica Harrington’s Jetara, the sole mare in the race, aims to challenge their supremacy. Gordon Elliott’s Stellar Story and Search For Glory complete this thrilling lineup.
McCann Fitzgerald Spring Juvenile Hurdle: A Battle for Supremacy
A field of talented young horses will compete in the Grade 1 McCann Fitzgerald Spring Juvenile Hurdle. Among them are Storm Heart, Salvator Mundi, and Bunting from Willie Mullins’ yard. However, they face stiff competition from Kala Conti trained by Gordon Elliott along with Intellotto from Joseph O’Brien’s stable and Open To Question representing Noel Meade.
Chanelle Pharma Irish Champion Hurdle: State Man Seeks Victory
The Grade 1 Chanelle Pharma Irish Champion Hurdle promises a showdown between defending champion State Man, trained by Willie Mullins, and a strong field of rivals including Impaire Et Passe from his own yard as well as Bob Olinger under Henry de Bromhead’s guidance. Echoes In Rain adds an extra dimension to Mullins’ lineup while Fils D’Oudairies could shine for trainer Gordon Elliott.
Ladbrokes Novice Chase: Galopin Des Champs Eyes Second Triumph
In a bid for another victory two years after his initial win, Galopin Des Champs returns to the Ladbrokes Novice Chase. With a total of 13 entries remaining, Willie Mullins has a strong hand with contenders like Fact To File and Gaelic Warrior. Emmet Mullins’ Corbetts Cross and Gordon Elliott’s trio American Mike, Favori De Champdou, and Found A Fifty provide tough competition.
Tattersalls Ireland 50th Derby Sale Novice Hurdle: Exciting Lineup
Fourteen horses remain in contention for the Grade 1 Tattersalls Ireland 50th Derby Sale Novice Hurdle. The spotlight falls on Ballyburn from Willie Mullins’ stable as well as Farren Glory trained by Gordon Elliott and Slade Steel under Henry de Bromhead’s guidance. King Of Kingsfield and Brighterdaysahead add depth to Elliott’s lineup while Jit Langy and Quai De Bourbon could shine for Mullins. Boher Road and Fascile Mode also have their chances.
Ladbrokes Dublin Chase: El Fabiolo Heads Field
In the Grade 1 Ladbrokes Dublin Chase, Martin Brassil’s Fastorslow is among six remaining competitors chasing victory. However, it is El Fabiolo from Willie Mullins’ camp who stands out as the leading contender in this exciting race.