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Sunday’s racing tips – 2/1 NAP can Bague Flogas trophy at Leopardstown

Jonathan Vine 2 Feb 2019
Richard Johnson riding La Bague Au Roi (near) to victory in The 32Red Kauto Star Novices Chase at Kempton.

Our expert takes a look through all the races on day two of the Dublin Racing Festival and selects a strong challenger in the Flogas Novices’ Chase as his NAP of the day with Unibet.

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3:00pm Leopardstown Flogas Novice Chase (Grade 1) 2m5f



Last year’s renewal of the Flogas was one of the races of the season and punters can expect a similarly exciting renewal on Sunday!

Hardline comes into this race on the back of a Grade One triumph at Limerick and has to be respected. That race did seem a shoe-in for Getabird, who continues to underwhelm, so I don’t think it was the finest Grade One we’ve ever seen and this is a big step up. Another horse taking a leap in trip is Winter Escape, who put in a foot-perfect display to carry a penalty to victory in a Grade Three at Punchestown and the former Alan King recruit cannot be overlooked.

Along with Le Richebourg, Delta Work has been the stand-out novice chaser on Irish shores this term. Gordon Elliott’s charge won his first Grade One over this trip and will return to Leopardstown looking for a hat-trick of top-level honours after winning the three miler over Christmas. Delta Work is the worthy favourite and will be there-or-thereabouts, but I think he may find the trip a little too stiff and LA BAGUE AU ROI could be on hand to pounce.

Warren Greatrex was always confident his stable star would improve for the step up to chasing and step up she certainly has. The eight-year-old mare beat Lostintranslation on both her opening two starts of the season, claiming the Grade Two Berkshire Novices’ Chase on her second start. La Bague Au Roi then looked ripe for the taking as another of my favourite horse, Topofthegame bore down on her approaching the second-last in the Kauto Star, but Richard Johnson’s mount knuckled down and ground out a maiden Grade One victory.

Anyone hoping to back La Bague Au Roi at the Cheltenham Festival may have to look for another option, as I doubt she will go to Prestbury Park again. A flat-track is integral to her chances, whether that be on a right or left-handed course, so she should relish the challenged posed by Leopardstown. She loves a bit of decent ground and her weight-for-sex allowance should come in extremely handy.

Delta Work outstayed Le Richebourg in the Drinmore, with the runner-up dropping back in trip afterwards. La Bague Au Roi is a confirmed stayer over three miles and she certainly has the speed for this middle distance, so the favourite may have his work cut out trying to deny this talented, hardy mare.


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Sunday’s racing tips – 2/1 NAP can Bague Flogas trophy at Leopardstown

Our expert takes a look through all the races on day two of the Dublin Racing Festival and select a strong challenger in the Flogas Novices’ Chase as his NAP of the day with Unibet on Sunday 3rd February.

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