Coole Cody ran a mighty race for us on Saturday at Sandown, finishing 2nd at odds of 50/1. Vinndication was done for toe over the 20f trip and he shouldn’t be written off upped in trip at Cheltenham. Rolling Dylan finished 5th and with plenty of bookies paying 5 places hopefully you got paid. There is a superb day of racing in Dublin on Sunday and you can check out Dave Stevos’ Leopardstown Saturday tips below.
Leopardstown Sunday Tips: 12.40 Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Grade B)
A tricky start to the day with an 18f handicap hurdle restricted to mares only. Eighteen will go to post and unexposed Sinoria is the market leader at 4/1. She won easily over 20f in a maiden at Down Royal last time and she is of obvious interest off what looks a fair opening mark of 128. However, one that looks interesting at a bigger price each way is Hidden Dilemma.
The Crawfords went through quite a long lean spell but their string is hitting form again. This 7yo mare has taken a while to get the hang of things over hurdles, but things have clicked in recent runs. She has run very well on three of her last four starts, winning twice and finishing a good 2nd in a Novice last time on good to soft at Newcastle. There could be more improvement in her off a mark of 112 and at odds of 20/1 she is the each way pick.
LEOPARDSTOWN SUNDAY TIPS: HIDDEN DILEMMA E/W @ 20/1 5 PLACES
Leopardstown Sunday Tips: 1.15 Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1)
The first Grade 1 of the day at the Dublin Racing Festival is a 16f Juvenile Hurdle. There should be plenty of Cheltenham Festival clues to be found here. Sir Erec got his hurdling career off to a decent start when scoring by a neck here at Xmas. He was a serious flat horse and if the ability transfers to this discipline he will be hard to beat.
Joseph O’Brien runs three here and the outsider of the trio shouldn’t be overlooked. Filon D’oudairies must be highly thought of as he made his Irish debut in a Grade 2 here over the festive period. He was entitled to need the run, and the experience, and he ran better than the distance beaten suggests. O’Brien’s charge travelled very wide throughout and was badly hampered after the last. He should come on massively for that outing and at 40/1 a small each way interest is advised.
LEOPARDSTOWN SUNDAY TIPS: FILON D’OUDAIRIES E/W @ 40/1
Leopardstown Sunday Tips: 1.50 Novice Hurdle (Grade 1)
Another 16f Grade 1 Hurdle and again it is a fascinating contest. Vision D’honneur looked a nice type when winning a maiden at Punchestown on similar ground to today’s. Klassical Dream also shaped very well when winning his maiden here over the festive period. However, they might all have to play second fiddle to Aramon.
Owned by the Supreme Racing Club, Aramon hacked up in a Grade 1 here in December. He destroyed the field by 10L and he really showed a blistering turn of foot to scoot clear after the final hurdle. It is surprising that Ruby Walsh prefers stablemate Klassical Dream, but Paul Townend is an excellent substitute. Aramon should be favourite for this and at odds of 9/2 he is the TXODDS NAP of the day.
LEOPARDSTOWN SUNDAY TIPS: ARAMON WIN @ 9/2 NAP
Leopardstown Sunday Tips: 2.25 Handicap Hurdle (Grade B)
The next race on the card is a 24f handicap hurdle and a total of 16 horses will go to post. It is a very difficult contest to weigh up and a case can be made for plenty of them. One horse that looks to be going the right way recently is Brosna George. Trained by shrewd operator Arthur Moore, this progressive 8yo has won readily on 3 of his last 4 starts.
His handicap mark has been adjusted accordingly, and he is now 25lb higher than he was for his first win at Down Royal. However, his last win off a mark of 110 was his easiest yet. He scored by 8 lengths that day and he gave the impression there could still be a lot more to come. If he can win here he would probably have a chance of sneaking into one of the big Spring Festival handicaps. At odds of 14/1 Brosna George is our each way pick.
LEOPARDSTOWN SUNDAY TIPS: BROSNA GEORGE E/W @ 12/1 5 PLACES
Leopardstown Sunday Tips: 3.00 Novice Chase (Grade 1)
The third Group 1 on day 2 of the Dublin Racing Festival is a 21f contest for novice chasers. Good ground has resulted in just eight horses being declared and in receipt of 7lb from the boys, La Bague Au Roi is the one they have to beat. She has taken to chasing like a duck to water and all trips come alike to her. She is unbeaten after three runs over the larger obstacles, including wins at Grade 2 (20f) and Grade 1(24f) level.
Delta Work looks an obvious danger on form given the exploits of Le Richebourg who he beat back in December. I think he could be best over further though and at this distance the English raider is preferred. Kaiser Black is an interesting contender at a bigger price. He might need this first run back but he is one to watch for staying handicap chases later on in the season.
LEOPARDSTOWN SUNDAY TIPS: LA BAGUE AU ROI WIN @ 2/1
Leopardstown Sunday Tips: 3.35 Irish Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1)
The blue riband race of the weekend is the Irish Gold Cup. Plenty of the runners in this field have Cheltenham Gold Cup ambitions and it promises to be a cracker. Road To Respect could reverse Xmas form with Monalee with a kinder trip through the race. Odds of 9/4 look fair and he is the most likely winner.
However, The Storyteller was a big eyecatcher when 6th in that race won by Kemboy, shaping better than the distance he was beaten (10L). He was held up, given too much to do, but he was gaining on them at the finish. Only for an error at the last, he could have finished a lot closer to the principals. On that form he only has a couple of lengths with Monalee and Road To Respect. At 25/1 he is the each way pick in a mouth-watering race.
LEOPARDSTOWN SUNDAY TIPS: THE STORYTELLER E/W @ 25/1
Leopardstown Sunday Tips: 4.10 Handicap Chase (Grade A)
The final race in our preview is this 21f Grade A handicap chase and 16 horses will battle it out for the €73k first prize. Although he has been a very frustrating horse to follow at times, Scoir Mear is worth giving one more chance to off a feather weight. He got too far back last time in the Paddy Power Chase under Conor Maxwell. He did travel into the race well, but he had too much ground to make up and his effort petered out.
It was a better run than it looks on paper and he also shaped well enough on his previous outing at Navan. He is now rated 10lb lower than the hurdle mark off which he was a very unlucky 5th behind Supasundae at Cheltenham in 2017. He would need to be winning this if he is to get back over to Prestbury Park this year, and at odds of 20/1 he is the each way pick.
LEOPARDSTOWN SUNDAY TIPS: SCOIR MEAR E/W @ 20/1 NB
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