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Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Big guns go to battle as the Irish Gold Cup headlines four Grade 1s on Sunday

Our Duke: wide-margin winner of the Irish Grand National runs in the Irish Gold Cup
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Day two of the Dublin Racing Festival is set to feature some blockbuster clashes with superstars galore scattered throughout Sunday's four Grade 1s.

Our Duke, Djakadam and Killultagh Vic meet in the Unibet Irish Gold Cup as all ten stood their ground, while potential star Samcro clashes with Champion Bumper runner-up Debuchet and the Willie Mullins-trained quartet of Sharjah, Duc Des Genievres, Whiskey Sour and Real Steel as 11 were declared for the Deloitte Novice Hurdle.

Exciting chasers such as Sutton Place, Monalee, Al Boum Photo and Invitation Only are among 11 remaining in the Flogas Novice Steeplechase. Snow Falcon and Tombstone add further depth.

The Tattersalls Ireland Spring Juvenile Hurdle was the only race to suffer the loss of a major player as Stormy Ireland did not appear in the final field of six, but with Espoir D'Allen, Farclas, Mitchouka and Mr Adjudicator it still has the makings of a cracker.

Pat Keogh, chief executive of Leopardstown, said: “Once again, the quality on offer on Sunday is quite extraordinary. We are delighted with our four Grade 1 races and you would go a long way to find such a strong supporting card. The Dublin Racing Festival has come together brilliantly. We can’t wait to be up and running.”

Leopardstown Sunday card

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