The Dublin Race Festival is the premier horse racing event in Ireland and many of the big-name contenders set to compete at the Cheltenham Festival will be on hand for the races. The two-day event will feature eight Grand 1 races with the best horses, jockeys, and trainers from Ireland and Britain competing. The Dublin Festival will take place on February 1st and 2nd and kickoff festival season. The festival season will continue into April when the Grand National takes place at Aintree. Punters are gearing up for a big spring race season and can get Grand National bet bonuses before wagering on the events.
Each day of the Dublin Race Festival is headlined by a marquee race. Day one will see the Irish Champion Hurdle take place. The race is a lead-up to the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle in March. Day two features the Irish Gold Cup which builds up the top contenders for the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Since the Irish Gold Cup’s debut in 1987, only three horses have ever won both Gold Cups in the same year.
What is the Dublin Race Festival?
The Dublin Race Festival is a two-day showcase of the top horses in Ireland and Britain. Eight Grand 1 races will take place during the weekend with over €2 million in prize money handed out to those competing in the races. The Irish Gold Cup offers €250,000 in prize money while the Irish Champion Hurdle is worth €200,000.
Like the other top horse racing festival such as the Cheltenham Festival, Ascot, and the Grand National, the Dublin Festival brings together horse racing, music, culture, and much more into one fantastic package. The Dublin Festival is a new event on the racing calendar having been inaugurated in 2018. It is believed more than 24,000 race fans and punters will be on hand for this year’s event.
Compared to the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National, the Dublin Festival is still growing and carving out a niche for itself.
Dublin Race Festival Events
The prize money on offer for trainers and owners at the Dublin Festival makes the eight races on the fixture list a must-compete. Although there are eight Grade 1 races at the festival, there are actually 15 races for racing fans and punters to watch and wager on. Seven of the 15 overall races will have a €150,000 prize purse.
Trainer Willie Mullins will hope to make history with a 11th win in the famed Irish Gold Cup race. Mullins’ Bellshill won the trophy last year and the trainer will have his sights set on a 12th career Gold Cup in 2020. Fifteen horses have been entered into the festival’s marquee event. Kemboy is Mullins’ great hope for a second straight Irish Gold Cup and the horse goes into the race as the favorite according to sports books.
The festival’s other marquee event, the Irish Champion Hurdle, takes place on day one. Fourteen hopefuls have been entered to the race. The Dublin Festival is aiming for another big year as the festival race season kicks off.