‘The showdown is upon us’ – Five horses to follow at the Dublin Racing Festival

Punters and horse racing lovers alike will be treated to an incredible weekend of jump racing as the Dublin Racing Festival will take place at Leopardstown Racecourse this coming Saturday and Sunday. Not only that, but there will also be terrific action at Musselburgh Racecourse who host their Cheltenham Trials weekend and the famous Edinburgh National.

We will have all of the action covered on our free horse racing tips page so make sure to tune in! Below, we take a look at five horses worth watching closely at the Dublin Racing Festival this weekend.

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1.20 Leopardstown (Saturday)

Loughglynn is an improving sort and Willie Mullins’ staying hurdler could take all the beating in the Grade 1 Solicitors Novice Hurdle. The Albert Bartlett entrant won a Grade 2 at Limerick on Boxing Day despite a couple of jumping errors and has a big engine.


1.50 Leopardstown (Saturday)

Nurburgring beat Kala Conti on Hatton’s Grace Day at Fairyhouse in December, and although that rival got the better of him at Leopardstown over Christmas, he has a 7lb pull in the weights for a three quarters of a length beating and can reverse the form.


2.25 Leopardstown (Saturday)

Marine Nationale spearheads the Irish Arkle market and could take all the beating, but Found A Fifty is not to be underestimated. Gordon Elliott’s gelding has been a much improved horse since sent chasing, taking Grade 1 honours in the Racing Post Novice Chase here on Boxing Day. He will be dangerous if he gets a soft lead.


1.40 Leopardstown (Sunday)

Farren Glory would have won a Grade 1 at Aintree easily only for a fall when last seen and he looks an exciting prospect. The form of his Grade 1 win at Fairyhouse in December has worked out well and he’s another one of Gordon Elliott’s leading lights for the weekend.


2.45 Leopardstown (Sunday)

The wheels have come off Impaire Et Passe thus far this season, but it’s too soon to write him off and he should be able to serve it right up to State Man. Despite being no match for that horse when the pair met here in December, people forget how good this horse was last season and we haven’t seen the best of him this season yet.


If you back any of our selections you can watch them live on the free Racing Post app or racingpost.com. Simply log in to one of your bookmaker accounts and click ‘Watch live’ on the racecards.

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