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Footpad and Kemboy miss Dublin Racing Festival but plenty of stars still on show

Leading contenders Footpad, Kemboy and Battleoverdoyen do not feature among the declarations for the Dublin Racing Festival, which were revealed on Friday morning. However, the two-day meeting, which includes eight Grade 1s and in excess of €1.8 million in prize-money, will still be a star-studded affair. Footpad was expected to take on Willie Mullins-trained stablemate Min in a mouthwatering Dublin Chase clash on Saturday. However, last season's Racing Post Arkle winner will not compete, leaving Min to take on five rivals in the Grade 1 event, including Saint Calvados, Special Tiara and Simply Ned. Battleoverdoyen was a surprise absentee from the opening race of the meeting, the Grade 1 novice hurdle over 2m6f. The unbeaten hurdler was set to be a short-priced favourite. Kemboy was a general 11-2 chance for the Irish Gold Cup following his dominant success in the Savills Chase at Leopardstown at Christmas but he will miss Sunday's feature contest. Ten have been declared, including Al Boum Photo, Balko Des Flos, Bellshill and last year's winner Road To Respect. On Saturday Apple's Jade will head six runners in the Irish Champion Hurdle, while Le Richebourg is the star name among eight in the Irish Arkle.

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