This year was the first for Dublin Racing Festival. Previously top quality race days were ran separately. The result- an incredible weekend with top class sporting action.
I made the journey up with my family, a welcome alternative to the bus! On arrival I was immediately struck by the work that had gone into this event and the amount of racegoers, particularly young people, who came to support the race day. Alongside the racing, alternative entertainment and facilities didn’t disappoint. Over the two days DJs, comedians, cookery demonstrations and pre-racing tipping kept racegoers on their toes. I loved the Winning Line Tipster Panel, it meant you were fully informed heading into the day of racing, and the DJ. It created a real buzz around the racecourse.
On the track, it was fabulous to see Min reap his victory from Simply Ned. Interference from Min towards Simply Ned over the Christmas festival relegated Min from winning to second place. The atmosphere was electric! On that first day it was also great to see Supasundae, an 8/1 shot, sail past the post in the feature race.
Johnny Sexton’s drop-kick, pushing Ireland into victory over France in the final minutes of the rugby that evening left every Irish supporter on a high at the close of racing on Saturday. We wined and dined that evening at the wonderful Matt the Thresher.
We perked ourselves up the next morning for another days racing. Another fabulous day by all accounts. There was a notable decline in the amount of young people racing- perhaps Coppers got the better of them! It was amazing to have been there for the 33/1 Edwulf’s winning of the Irish Gold Cup, a horse that was almost pronounced dead no more than a year ago!
A sleepy journey that evening wrapped up a fantastic racing festival. Myself and my sister had been at the Cheltenham Gold Cup last year and had to say this experience definitely met our trip to the Cotswolds.