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Dublin Racing Festival – Cheltenham Festival 2024 Favourites Remain in Contention

The majority of star names have stood their ground for their respective contests at the Dublin Racing Festival after Tuesday’s forfeit stage. Chief among those is 2024 Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Galopin Des Champs, who looks set to defend his Irish Gold Cup crown at Leopardstown on Saturday. He was last seen sparkling in the Savills Chase, scoring by 23 lengths.

Also on Saturday, Arkle favourite Marine Nationale goes under the Grade 1 spotlight for the first time this season in the Irish equivalent. He could yet face Willie Mullins’ Gaelic Warrior, who also retains the option of the 2m5f Ladbrokes Novices’ Chase on Sunday.

Mullins’ dominance of the meeting could well continue in 2024, as he trains six of the nine remaining in the opening Grade 1 Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors Novice Hurdle, as well as eight of the 13 left in the McCann FitzGerald Spring Juvenile Hurdle. Salvator Mundi, who is yet to race for Mullins, is the most intriguing horse left in the race at this stage.

Sunday’s highest profile races are the Dublin Chase and Irish Champion Hurdle, both Grade 1s. Champion Chase favourite El Fabiolo is set to run in the former, with stablemate and Mares’ Chase principal Dinoblue potentially in opposition. In the latter, State Man looks to extend his unbeaten record in Ireland since his debut, but has the unknown quantity of Bob Olinger in opposition.

Two further Mullins favourites headline the top level novice action on the Sunday too. Fact To File looks set to headline the Ladbrokes Novice Chase, while the Tattersalls Ireland 50th Derby Sale Novice Hurdle sees Ballyburn go in search of a first Grade 1 success.