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Video: Down Royal prepares for weekend spectacle of racing

The greats of horse racing will be lining up next weekend for this year's Grade 1 Champion chase taking place at Down Royal.

Twenty one horses have been entered, including eight from Great Britain including this year's Grand National winner Many Clouds, trained by Oliver Sherwood.

General Manager Mike Todd says this year’s Festival is shaping up to be another world-class fixture.

“With some of the leading British and Irish trainers entering for this year’s festival, we are looking forward to a premium line-up representing the best in horse racing from across Ireland and Great Britain.

“The excellence of the entries, with the first Grade 1 contest of the season and some of the finest National Hunt racing available, coupled with our unrivalled hospitality offering and state of the art facilities NIFOR looks set to be the horse racing event of the year.”

The Victoria Square  Best Dressed Lady competition will take place on day 2 of the Festival (October 31st) This year’s winner will be jetting off to New York for the ultimate Christmas shopping experience including return flights to New York, three nights’ accommodation in the five star W Hotel on Lexington, and £500 to spend while they’re there.

Luxury menswear retailer Hugo Thomas will sponsor the Best Dressed Man competition on Friday 30th, with a made to measure suit for the winner.

Gates open from 11am on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st October with the first race starting at 12:35pm on Saturday (approx.).

Admission from £12, children under 16 get free admission and there is free car parking for everyone attending. Hospitality packages start from £60 per person. Book now at

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