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Leopardstown plays host to the Dublin Racing Festival this weekend and there are eight great Grade 1s to get stuck into.
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Superstars of the Irish National Hunt scene like Honeysuckle and Minella Indo plus emerging stars such as Fil Dor, Galopin Des Champs and Sir Gerhard are set to feature over two terrific days of action.
We’ve taken a look at Paddy’s antepost betting markets for the big renewals to set the scene…
Date: Saturday, February 5 Time: 13:05 Last Year’s Winner: Gaillard Du Mesnil
It’s a battle at the top of our antepost betting market between Gordon Elliott and Henry de Bromhead, who are set to saddle Hollow Games and Journey With Me respectively. De Bromhead also pitches Grand Jury into the mix a month after beating Hollow Games by a neck when finishing second behind Ginto in the Lawlor’s Of Naas.
Entries: Aldo The Apache, Bronn, Eric Bloodaxe, Freedom To Dream, Grand Jury, Hollow Games, Journey With Me, Minella Cocooner, Minella Crooner, Whatdeawant
Date: Saturday, February 5 Time: 13:35 Last Year’s Winner: Quilixios
A cracking contest between Gordon Elliott’s Fil Dor and Willie Mullins’ Vauban is on the cards. Fil Dor has won all three of his starts over flights including the Grade 2 Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown on Boxing Day. Vauban finished ½l behind Pied Piper in a 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle at Punchestown on New Year’s Eve and that form looks even more impressive after the winner claimed the JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle at Cheltenham last weekend.
Entries: Ben Siegel, Fil Dor, Icare Allen, Il Etait Temps, The Tide Turns, Vauban, Scenic Look, Six Feet Apart, Vadaly
Date: Saturday, February 5 Time: 14:10 Last Year’s Winner: Energumene
Ferny Hollow’s untimely injury has blown the race wide open but Willie Mullins still has three of the four favourites in our antepost book – Blue Lord, Saint Sam and Haut En Couleurs. Gordon Elliot’s leading charge is the mare Riviere D’etel, who lost by 1½l to Ferny Hollow at Leopardstown on Boxing Day and is in receipt of plenty of weight from the geldings in the field.
Entries: Blue Lord, Embittered, Embrun Mitja, Busselton, Haut En Couleurs, Saint Sam, Riviere D’etel
Date: Saturday, February 5 Time: 15:15 Last Year’s Winner: Kemboy
Defending champion Kemboy, Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Minella Indo and British challenger Frodon are vying for favouritism in our early betting. We’re dangling a mouth-watering €150,000 bonus if the winner can also land the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2022 – and five of the nine potential runners ahead of final declarations also hold entries for March’s Blue Riband.
Entries: Asterion Forlonge, Cilaos Emery, Conflated, Delta Work, Frodon, Janidil, Kemboy, Minella Indo, Mount Ida
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Date: Sunday, February 6 Time: 13:20 Last Year’s Winner: Monkfish
Galopin Des Champs appears to be the one to beat after a scintillating display on debut over fences at Leopardstown over Christmas. Willie Mullins’ charge is the odds-on favourite but the main competition looks set to be provided by stablemate Jungle Boogie, who bolted up at Fairyhouse over the 2m 5½f at Fairyhouse on New Year’s Day.
Entries: Beacon Edge, Capodanno, Fighter Allen, French Dynamite, Fury Road, Gaillard Du Mesnil, Gallant John Joe, Galopin Des Champs, Jungle Boogie, Master McShee, Run Wild Fred, Busselton, Global Equity
Date: Sunday, February 6 Time: 13:50 Last Year’s Winner: Chacun Pour Soi
Chacun Pour Soi has won the last two runnings of this 2m 1½f race but Willie Mullins’ stable star had a stinker on seasonal reappearance, finishing last of five in the Tingle Creek at Sandown. Paul Nicholls’ Greaneteen was the winner on that day and is set to lead the charge for Britain. Cheltenham Festival winners Sky Pirate and Samcro are potential runners.
Entries: Captain Guinness, Cash Back, Chacun Pour Soi, Dunvegan, Greaneteen, Hardline, Samcro, Sky Pirate
Date: Sunday, February 6 Time: 15:00 Last Year’s Winner: Honeysuckle
The incredible Honeysuckle will attempt to take her unbeaten record under rules to 14 in a race she has already won twice. The superstar mare is in receipt of 7lbs from the geldings and her main competition could come from Willie Mullins’ Appreciate It, who has not been seen on track since claiming last year’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
Entries: Appreciate It, Saint Roi, Zanahiyr, Echoes In Rain, Heaven Help Us, Honeysuckle
Date: Sunday, February 6 Time: 15:35 Last Year’s Winner: Appreciate It
Supreme Novices’ Hurdle hopeful Sir Gerhard will need to justify his position at the head of our antepost market for this if he’s to take his chance in the Cheltenham contest. My Mate Mozzie‘s winning streak was ended in the Royal Bond but Gavin Cromwell’s charge is prominent in the early betting, while Gordon Elliott could pitch Three Stripe Life into the mix.
Entries: Colonel Mustard, El Fabiolo, Farout, Gatsby Grey, Horantzau D’airy, Mighty Potter, My Mate Mozzie, Sir Gerhard, Three Stripe Life, Watch House Cross, Lunar Display, Statuaire
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