The Dublin Racing Festival, commonly referred to as the DRF, takes place this weekend at Leopardstown in Dublin, Ireland. Since its inception in 2018, it has risen to great prominence on the UK and Ireland horse racing calendar, with two top-class days of racing on the first weekend in February. Held at the famous Irish venue with huge crowds of over 25,000 packed into the stands, it is a huge occasion for fans and horse racing betting sites alike.
The meeting consists of eight Grade 1 races and well over €2 million in prize money, which rivals any similar meeting globally for jump racing stars. All runners will be testing their mettle ahead of the Cheltenham Festival targets in March this year, but these races, and the supporting cards on both Saturday and Sunday, will take plenty of winning in their own right. The prize money and glory on offer makes for highly competitive action.
We have teamed up with the Racehour team and special guests to bring you a two-hour preview of the meeting in association with the Tote.
The Tote is a huge supporter of both Irish and British racing, with a long tradition of sponsoring and supporting the industry while being the leaders in pool-based betting at the tracks, in its kiosks and of course now very much on its horse racing betting apps.
The panel for the preview is star-studded:
David Jennings hosts the show, and each race at the Dublin Racing Festival is covered in detail, including the supporting cards.
You will find all the racecards for the DRF here at Bookmakers.com, with daily tips and the latest odds on betting sites.
Saturday February 4, 2023 (all times in GMT unless otherwise stated)
13:20 Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors "€50,000 Cheltenham Bonus For Stable Staff" Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (5yo+) 2m6f
13:55 Donohue Marquees Spring Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1) (4yo) 2m
14:30 Goffs Irish Arkle Novice Chase (Grade 1) (5yo+) 2m1f
15:05 Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup (Grade 1) (5yo+) 3m
15:40 Race And Stay At Leopardstown Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) (4yo+ 0-150) 3m
16:10 Paddy Power Cheltenham Fanzone Handicap Chase (Registered As The Sandyford Handicap Chase) (Grade B) (5yo+ 0-150) 2m1f
16:40 Shabra Charity Oliver Brady Memorial Future Stars (C & G) I.N.H. Flat Race (Grade 2) (4-7yo) 2m
Sunday 5th February 2023
13:10 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Paddy Mullins Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) (4yo+) 2m1½f
13:40 Ladbrokes Novice Chase (Grade 1) (5yo+) 2m5f
14:10 Ladbrokes Dublin Chase (Grade 1) (5yo+) 2m1f
14:40 Bulmers Leopardstown Handicap Chase (Grade A) (5yo+) 2m5f
15:10 Chanelle Pharma Irish Champion Hurdle (Grade 1) (4yo+) 2m
15:40 Tattersalls Ireland Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) (5yo+) 2m
16:10 Festina Lente Charity Liffey Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) (4yo+ 0-150) 2m
16:40 Coolmore N.H. Sires "Santiago" Irish EBF Mares I.N.H. Flat Race (Grade 2) (4-7yo) 2m
The races will all be available on RacingTV and across RTE and ITV terrestrial TV channels for the Grade 1 contests this weekend. Many betting sites will stream the action live, including the Tote, which will also provide the opportunity to be involved in its Betting Tournaments. In these, you can match yourself against other Tote players and take on Jamie Benson himself for additional prizes.
As well as this, the Tote has added Fantasy Racing to its roster of horse racing betting products, and this game allows you to play for a small stake aiming for cash prizes across several races on each day, with a points system rather than a bet in each race. Much like the famous Tote Placepot and Jackpot, this is becoming hugely popular for racing fans.