When is the Dublin Racing Festival? Race schedule and times for two-day meeting

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One of the biggest fixtures on the racing calendar awaits as the brightest and best in the National Hunt game are set to slug it out over two days of quality action at Leopardstown.

The Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup is the feature on Saturday, February 5 and we’re dangling a mouth-watering €150,000 bonus if the winner can also land the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2022. Only three horses have ever managed to do the double – Jodami (1993), Imperial Call (1996) and Sizing John (2017) – and 11 of this year’s 18 potential runners are also entered for the Cheltenham equivalent.

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Kemboy won last year’s renewal and could face the likes of Minella Indo, Asterion Forlonge, Melon, Tornado Flyer, and British pair Clan Des Obeaux and Frodon. It promises to be a cracker.

If that wasn’t enough, there are three more Grade 1s on the opening day of the meeting including a fascinating Irish Arkle Novice Chase, which could see hot favourite Ferny Hollow meet stablemates Blue Lord, Saint Sam and Haut En Couleurs. Meanwhile, a few Champion Bumper clues could be dropped if American Mike, Facile Vega and Redemption Day take their chances in the Future Stars Flat Race.

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Attention then turns to the eight renewals on Sunday, February 6, with the Irish Champion Hurdle being the centre of attention. Honeysuckle is the odds-on favourite to continue her incredible unbeaten career record but last year’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner Appreciate It holds an entry after plans to go chasing were abandoned for the campaign.

Elsewhere on the card, we could be treated to Galopin Des Champs v Bob Olinger in the Ladbrokes Novice Chase, Chacun Pour Soi is expected to go to post in the Dublin Steeplechase, while Sir Gerhard will need to impress in the Tattersalls Ireland Novice Hurdle if he’s to press his Supreme claims.

The Dublin Racing Festival is one of the few remaining opportunities for Cheltenham Festival clues to fall into place, with Irish runners dominating our antepost betting markets after claiming most of last year’s renewals.

We’ll have you covered for both days of the Leopardstown extravaganza here at Paddy Power News with tips and betting previews from the likes of legendary jockey Ruby Walsh and top trader Frank Hickey. You can also check out the latest odds at paddypower.com/horse-racing.

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    Dublin Racing Festival Schedule

    Saturday, February 5

    13.05: The Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors ‘€50,000 Cheltenham Bonus for Stable Staff’ Novice Hurdle
    13.35: The Spring Juvenile Hurdle
    14.10: The Irish Arkle Novice Steeplechase
    14.45: The Glencullen Handicap Hurdle
    15.15: The Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup
    15.50: The Matheson Handicap Steeplechase
    16.25: The Goffs Future Stars (C & G) I.N.H. Flat Race

    Sunday, February 6

    12.45: The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Paddy Mullins Mares Handicap Hurdle
    13.20: The Ladbrokes Novice Steeplechase
    13.50: The Ladbrokes Dublin Steeplechase
    14.25: The Leopardstown Handicap Steeplechase
    15.00: The Chanelle Pharma Irish Champion Hurdle
    15.35: The Tattersalls Ireland Novice Hurdle
    16.10: The Liffey Handicap Hurdle
    16.40: The Coolmore N.H. Sires ‘Santiago’ Irish EBF Mares I.N.H. Flat Race

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