Dublin Racing Festival Q&A

February 1, 2019 News
THE second edition of the Dublin Racing Festival takes place this weekend with some of the biggest names in jump racing set to be in action at Leopardstown on Saturday and Sunday.
With so many good horses on show in top contests, we caught up with some of those who know the horses best to find out who they are most looking forward to seeing in action.
BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle (1.25 Leopardstown, Saturday)
Assistant trainer Kate Harrington says: “He won the race last year and he’s come out of his last race particularly well. He didn’t quite get the gaps behind Sharjah that day and I’d like to think with better luck in-running he’ll be in with another rock solid chance in this race.”
Saint Calvados
Ladbrokes Dublin Chase (3.10 Leopardstown, Saturday)
Trainer Harry Whittington says: “Saint Calvados is really well and I’m very happy with his training. After the Tingle Creek we decided to target this race as he likes good ground and has run well in Ireland before. The ground should be in his favour and he’s really fresh and well.”
Us And Them
Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase (3.45 Leopardstown, Saturday)
Jockey JJ Slevin says: “He put in a really good run the last day and if the ground came up a little slower that would suit him even more. He’s a really exciting horse and I think he can give Le Richebourg something to think about. That said, Le Richebourg is absolutely flying at home.”
Envoi Allen
Goffs Future Stars Flat Race (4.20 Leopardstown, Saturday)
Assistant trainer Keith Donoghue says: “He’s been excellent in both of his starts so far and you’d have to think there’d be more to come looking at the size of him. We think he’s pretty good and anything he does this year will be a bonus as he’s going to make a lovely hurdler next year.”
Agusta Gold
Paddy Mullins Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (12.40 Leopardstown, Sunday)
Jockey Danny Mullins says: “She was good the last day dropping in trip from three miles to two and a half. I don’t see coming back in trip again with her being an issue and on her home work we think she’s stepped up again. It’s a step up in grade but we’re really hopeful that she can go well again.”
Chanelle Parma Novice Hurdle (1.50 Leopardstown, Sunday)
Racing manager Steve Massey says: “He put in an excellent performance to win a Grade 1 last time and we’ve very excited about him for the rest of the season. The form of that race is good and we’ve hopeful he can put in another good performance.”
Irish Gold Cup (3.35 Leopardstown, Sunday)
Jockey David Mullins says: “I’d love to have the chance to ride him again. I won the Punchestown Gold Cup on him last year and he’s as good a horse as I’ve ever ridden. He’s got a lot of talent and I’m looking forward to seeing him running and seeing what he can do.”
Al Boum Photo
Irish Gold Cup (3.35 Leopardstown, Sunday)
Jockey Paul Townend says: “I’m fortunate to have a lot of good rides over the weekend and hopefully I can pick up a winner or two. This lad has a lot of talent and it was a good comeback win at Tramore last time.”