Willie Mullins has sights set on Dublin Racing Festival

| February 5, 2020
Willie Mullins
Irish horse trainer Willie Mullins prepares for Dublin Festival

The Dublin Racing Festival is nearing and the top trainers from the United Kingdom and Ireland are preparing for the event. Horse racing fans and punters are gearing up for the big two-day event. Punters can get the latest bet bonuses and tips for the Dublin Festival here before they wager on the races. 

Famed Irish horse racing trainer Willie Mullins will have several charges racing at the festival. Klassical Dream is one of Mullins’ top horses set to take part in the event. The horse won’t be Mullins’ only top competitor at the Dublin Festival. Mullins is taking a stacked team to Leopardstown in February with all-star racers Kemboy, Chacun Pour Soi, and Faugheen on his list of runners.

Dublin Festival to deliver the exciting weekend

The Dublin Festival 2020 will emanate from Leopardstown on February 1st and 2nd. It is a prime build-up weekend for trainers, jockeys, and horses set to participate in March’s Cheltenham Festival. Trainers are eyeing the impressive eight Grade One prizes available to win at the Dublin Festival. With so many strong horses making up Mullins’ Closutton stable, it is difficult to believe the famous horse trainer won’t be leaving a winner. 

Mullins left Leopardstown with the festival’s biggest prize a year ago after jockey Ruby Walsh rode Bellshill to Irish Gold Cup glory. Mullins has won the Irish Gold cup on 10 different occasions. The trainer will have the opportunity to win the Gold Cup for a second straight year as Kemboy headlines the list of racers for the trophy. 

Build-up to Cheltenham Festival

The Dublin Festival leads up to March’s Cheltenham Festival with many of the top UK and Irish horses set to run at both events. Dublin is the chance for pretenders to become contenders while those previously believed to have a shot at Cheltenham glory fade into the background. 

Since the Irish Gold Cup debuted in 1987, three horses have won both the Irish and Cheltenham Gold Cups in the same year. Jodami (1993), Imperial Call (1996), and Sizing John (2017) are the only horses to do the double in the same year making the feat all the more exceptional. Remarkably, Jodami won the Irish Gold Cup in three straight years. 

Irish Champion Hurdle

The Dublin Festival isn’t just a one-race event. The PCI Irish Hurdle is another top race and the co-headliner of the two-day event at Leopardstown. The Grade One race offers a prize purse of €200,000. The two-mile race features four-year-old and up horses competing. 

Mullins will race four horses for the event with Klassical Dream and Sharjah being the picks of the litter for the trainer. Henry de Bromhead’s Honeysuckle will be a major opponent for the two Mullins-trained horses in the Irish Champion Hurdle. The race will headline day No. 1 at Leopardstown and set the tone for the entire weekend of top-class racing. 

Mullins’ other two competitors for the Irish Champion Hurdle include Aramon and Saglawy. No other trainer will field as many horses for the Irish Champion Hurdle 2020. 

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