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Three Laois horses going for glory in Leopardstown

Our Duke, Total Recall and Polar Present set to go in Leopardstown this afternoon
Our Duke, Total Recall and Polar Present set to go in Leopardstown this afternoon

Today marks the second day of the first Dublin Horse Racing Festival and there will be keen Laois interest.

Three horses with strong Laois connections will be in action in three separate races.

The first is racing in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Paddy Mullins Mares Handicap Hurdle at 12.40pm.

Vicarstown native Kevin Miller owns Polar Present who is one of the 20 declared to start.

Polar Present is currently one of the outsiders at 25/1 but is a consistent sort who might not be a bad each way bet.

While the other two horses with Laois connections are both likely to go off as favourites in their respective races.

Total Recall is bidding to make it a hat-trick of wins in the William Fry Handicap Hurdle at 2.25pm.

The horse is owned by the Slaneyville Syndicate which includes Monsignor John Byrne – a priest in Portlaoise.

The family syndicate have a number of horses in training including Acapella Bourgeois.

While the final race of the day with Laois interest is the Unibet Irish Gold Cup at 3.35pm.

Here, Grand National winning horse Our Duke is likely to start as favourite where he will hope to put his disappointing reappearance at Down Royal behind him.

Our Duke is owned by the Cooper family syndicate from Coolrain.

The racing will be shown live on RTE 2 this afternoon.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.