The entries for the five handicap races at the upcoming Dublin Racing Festival are released today.
The Matheson Handicap Chase on Saturday February 1 is worth €100,000 and has attracted a high-quality entry of 26.
First and third in last year’s renewal, Quamino from Paul Nolan’s yard and British raider Duke Of Navan, both receive entries again.
Recent winner of the Dan and Joan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase at Fairyhouse, Charlie Stout, is also among the list as is joint top weight Paloma Blue whose two wins over jumps have both come at Leopardstown.
Snugsborough Hall, a comprehensive course winner over fences last March, is among the entries for trainer Liam Cusack, as is the Mags Mullins-trained Debuchet.
The Ladbrokes Hurdle, worth €150,000 this year, has a long and rich tradition and boasts a stellar entry of 41. Willie Mullins has a typically strong entry and his dozen include Buildmeupbuttercup, Janidil, Ciel De Neige and Saglawy.
Peter Fahey has entered talented novice Soviet Pimpernel, among Gordon Elliott’s six entries are former top chaser Mengli Khan and the progressive Thatsy and Joseph O’Brien’s entry includes course winner from Christmas, The Moyglass Flyer. In-form North Yorkshire trainer Philip Kirby has entered Whoshotthesheriff.
Cheltenham Champion Bumper winner Relegate, now in the care of Colm Murphy, is among the 39 entries for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Paddy Mullins (Mares) Handicap Hurdle worth €100,000 and one of three big handicaps on day two of the Dublin Racing Festival on Sunday February 2.
The first and second home in last year’s Mares Novice Hurdle at Cheltenham, Eglantine Du Seuil and Concertista, both trained by Willie Mullins, also feature.
The Paul Hennessy-trained Heaven Help Us and the Gavin Cromwell trained Jeremys Flame, both recently Grade 1 placed, are among the entries as are a whole host of recent winners including Ard Abhainn, Drury, Spruced Up, Our Roxanne, and the Declan Queally-trained pair, Uisce Solas and Owenacurra Lass.
A bumper entry of 52 for the William Fry Handicap Hurdle includes previous winner Total Recall, Leopardstown’s Christmas festival winners The Bosses Oscar and Treacysenniscorthy and recent winners Morosini, Miss Cognac, Braeside, Kilfenora and Silver Sheen.
The Gaelic Plant Hire Handicap Chase over 2m 5f sees 58 entries including several Grade 1 winners: Yorkhill, Death Duty, Alpha Des Obeaux, Hardline and Champagne Classic all have entries back in handicap company, as does Kaiser Black, second to Le Bague Ui Roi for Pat Doyle in a G1 at last year’s Dublin Racing Festival.
The entry also includes a whole host of winners of some of the most famous staying chases in the calendar including Paddy Power Chase winner Roaring Bull, thetote.com Galway Plate winner Borice, Irish Grand National winner General Principle, the 2018 winner of this race, Last Goodbye, Ladbroke Trophy winner Total Recall and 2019 Kim Muir winner Any Second Now.
Click here for the entries for Dublin Racing Festival on Saturday, February 1
Click here for the entries for Dublin Racing Festival on Sunday, February 2