Apple's Jade Is Likely To Be One Of The Stars Of The Dublin Racing Festival
The road to The Cheltenham Festival can often be a long journey through the winter but there is more to the season than just Prestbury Park.
The second edition of the Dublin Racing Festival will be taking place at Leopardstown on the first weekend of February and with the initial entries out, racing fans look set to be in for a real treat.
The cream of Irish racing will be in attendance at the two day spectacular on the outskirts of the capital and the early betting is suggesting we could be set for some top class races. The dry weather in Ireland could well have a positive impact of the meeting with plenty of trainers desperate to get one more run into their potential Cheltenham horses and that could lead to some stellar clashes.
There are 12 entries for the Irish Champion Hurdle as things stand with Laurina and Apple's Jade both in the field with the potential for a blockbuster clash between two of the top mares in training. Melon, Sharjah, Supasundae and Faugheen are all possible opponents for the Grade 1 success with the Champion Hurdle picture likely to become clearer as a result of this cracker.
Elsewhere, there are 24 in the Irish Gold Cup including Road to Respect, Waiting Patiently, Kemboy, Presenting Percy and Al Boum Photo in what could be one of the best races of the season on the Sunday.
Footpad, Min, Un De Sceaux and Simply Ned are in the field for the Dublin Chase over 2m, while Warren Greatrex is getting ready to send crack novice chaser La Bague Au Roi across the Irish sea for a tilt at the 2m5f novice chase.
It really does promise to be a feast of racing for fans of jumps racing with huge prize money on offer for the best in the business which means we set to enjoy a pre Cheltenham treat at Leopardstown once again.