Established in 2018, the Dublin Racing Festival has fast become one of the highlights of the jumps season. I have picked out a few horses that I will be following across the two-day meeting.

The Shunter

Leopardstown (2.45)


The Shunter (2.45) reverts to chasing after winning over hurdles last time out.

Digging into his chase form, a mark of 132 looks very workable. The form of his win at Punchestown over 2mile5 has been franked with Enjoy D’allen since winning a novice and a handicap. For me, he is an each-way play at the current prices.

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Leopardstown (3:15)


Honeysuckle’s (3:15) best trip may not be two miles; however, she’s previously won this on faster ground, so the softer conditions underfoot should stand her in good stead.

That, along with her mares’ allowance makes her a solid selection in my book.

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City Island

Leopardstown (2.40)

Victorious in the Ballymore back in 2019, City Island is a former Cheltenham Festival winner and whilst recent form has been patchy, I think a dip into handicap company over hurdles is an interesting move that should be noted.

The eight year old had his issues over fences and returned to action at Christmas in a four runner event. Better ground would enhance his chances, however, with a mark of 147 I am happy to chance him as an each way play.

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Leopardstown (3.10)

I am looking forward to seeing Monkfish (3.10) in action.

He’s been hugely impressive as a novice chaser and whilst he comes back slightly in trip, I can see no clear reason that Latest Exhibition should turn the tables on the Albert Bartlett winner as they reoppose in the Grade One Flogas Chase.

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Odds are correct at the time of posting

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