There will be no shortage of talent on show at the second Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown this weekend. With a strong English presence in Dublin for the Rugby, there is likely to be a big crowd for the top quality racing featuring multiple stars of the sport.

The Rugby will be broadcast live on big and small screens all around the track and the meeting also encompasses music and food offerings.

Last year’s inaugural Festival was one of the successes of the year and prize money this year is up to €1.7 million.

Apple’s Jade heads the six acceptors for the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle on the opening day. Gordon Elliott’s star mare, the winner of the Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle over three miles at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival is on-course for an intriguing clash with the Willie Mullins-trained Melon and Jessica Harrington’s Supasundae, winner of the race last year.

Sunday’s Unibet Irish Gold Cup sees the Noel Meade-trained Road To Respect set to clash with a strong Willie Mullins-trained contingent which includes Al Boum Photo, Bellshill and Kemboy.

The first of eight Grade 1 races at the Dublin Racing Festival is the Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors Novice Hurdle.

Willie Mullins holds the strongest hand in the Ladbrokes Dublin Chase with early favourites Footpad and Min going forward for the newly promoted Grade 1 event.

Wiliam Ry, Chanelle Pharma, Flogas and Tattersalls Ireland are all on board as sponsors on Sunday

“We are delighted with the quality of the racing for the Dublin Racing Festival this weekend. It is promising to be a great two days,” said Pat Keogh, CEO of Leopardstown Racecourse.

Advance Online tickets from €30 are available at www.leopardstown.com