The Dublin Racing Festival’s second year has been hailed as a success despite a slight drop in attendance from the inaugural meeting in 2018.
A total of 24,256 racegoers went through the gates over the two days of top-class racing where €1.7 million of prize money was distributed across the eight grade one races and the supporting cards.
Gordon Elliot won two of the main races with Apple’s Jade and Commander of Fleet both winning on Saturday. His main rival Willie Mullins won with Min on Saturday and then in the meetings’ main event the Unibet Gold Cup on Sunday with Bellshill.
Joseph O’Brien also took two of the main prizes with the last two on Sunday going to Dermot McLoughlin and Warren Greatrex from England.
The list of sponsors involved over the two days was as impressive as you are likely to see at any sporting event with BHP Insurance and Unibet backing the two main races. William Fry, Matheson, Nathaniel Lacey and Frank Ward gave a strong legal tilt to proceedings. Ladbrokes, Channelle Pharma and Flogas backed Grade One races, while Goffs and Tattersalls Ireland were also among those with a presence over the weekend.
The attendance was down from last year’s 26,136 but Ireland and Dublin playing home games at the Aviva Stadium and Croke Park will have taken a 70,000+ bite out of the general sporting audience.
“For an event only in its second year we are absolutely delighted with how the Dublin Racing Festival has established itself,” said Leopardstown CEO Pat Keogh.
“A big thank you must go to all the owners and trainers for providing blockbuster entertainment on track and to our wonderful sponsors from both days without whom, a day like this wouldn’t be possible.”
“Finally a big thanks to all our supporters and those who attended, we’re delighted to see it has made its mark with racing fans across the pond.”
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