The second day of the Leopardstown Festival kicked off with a bang today as thousands from across the country descended on the race course.
After a dreary few days, clear skies and sunshine lifted punters' moods as the first race kicked off just after 12 noon.
It’s a busy day at the South Dublin race course as 17,000 punters are expected to attend across the day.
The first race was won by Merie Devie and jockey Ruby Walsh with owners Graham and Andrea Wylie thrilled with the result.
“You never know on the first hurdling debut. I am surprised We haven’t owned her for long and she’s only three. When it’s a mare, you always think she has a lot to do against the boys but I am chuffed to bits,” Andrea told Independent.ie.
The Newcastle woman attends Leopardstown every year and believes its ne of the most welcoming racing festivals there is.
“This is so friendly and the family always come so it’s a family occasion so we love coming over here,” she said.
Ruby Walsh and trainer Willie Mullins continued their winning streaks with wins in the second and third races. Bacardys came out on top in the Paddy Power Maiden Hurdle and hot favourite Douvan took home the Paddy Power Cashcard Steeplechase.