Dublin Racing Festival – Sunday’s Grade 1 Previews
Sunday’s Four Feature Grade 1’s Analysed
The Dublin Racing Festival continues on Sunday with some fascinating matchups and superstars set to battle it out across the blockbuster eight-race card. The Grade 1 contests will be a pointer to next months Cheltenham Festival and our expert editor has delved through the entries and highlighted their selections.
Galopin Des Champs (1:20 Leopardstown)
Former Marin Pipe winner GALOPIN DES CHAMPS made a spectacular start to his chasing career when dismantling seven other rivals in a Beginners Chase over course and distance on seasonal return.
Galopin Des Champs made all under jockey Paul Townend on that occasion and was seriously impressive in the jumping department on his first try over fences, cantering away from the opposition to win by 22l.
Willie Mullins’ six-year-old looks destined to take high order amongst this season’s leading novices after that impressive and foot perfect display and if successful again on Sunday, connections will be confident he can land one of the novice contests at next months Cheltenham Festival.
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Chacun Pour Soi (1:50 Leopardstown)
CHACUN POUR SOI will hope to bounce back to form after a below-par effort in the Tingle Creek when last seen, Willie Mullins’ charge trailed home in last that day but had previously tasted defeat only once last season when finishing third in an enthralling Queen Mother Champion Chase behind Nube Negra and Put The Kettle On.
That latest Sandown effort can be easily forgiven considering it was his first run of the year and away from home soil. However, the ten-year-old remains a top two-mile chaser for connections and if stripping fitter for that disappointing Sandown display, he should return to winning ways and make it a third successive win in the Grade 1 Dublin Chase.
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Honeysuckle (3:00 Leopardstown)
It’s impossible to oppose Henry De Bromhead’s highly talented and unbeaten mare HONEYSUCKLE as she bids to make it fourteen straight wins over hurdles.
The defending Champion Hurdle Winner returned last November in the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle and again put in another scintillating performance when pulling clear of Ronald Pump to win by 8l and record her ninth win in Grade 1 company.
Honeysuckle will be a very short price to take care of Sunday’s opposition in her quest to land the Irish Champion Hurdle for the third year in a row. Henry De Bromhead’s stable star should land this with the minimum of fuss before setting sights on defending her crown at the Festival next month.
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Three Stripe Life (3:35 Leopardstown)
Although Sir Gerhard was impressive when making a winning hurdling debut over course and distance on Boxing Day, trainer Gordon Elliot will be confident of a bold show from THREE STRIPE LIFE who hasn’t done a lot wrong in two starts over hurdles and was arguably unlucky to lose his unbeaten status over obstacles when runner-up to a progressive stablemate last time out.
The six-year-old was a taking winner on hurdling debut at Fairyhouse, scoring by 6l under hands and heels riding from Davy Russell on seasonal return. Connections were quick to pitch him into Grade 1 company on just his second hurdle start and after enduring a troubled passage turning for home, Three Stripe Life failed to reel in progressive stablemate Mighty Potter in the closing stages.
There should be plenty more to come from Three Stripe Life this campaign and the six-year-old is definitely worth supporting in the hope he can return to winning ways and land the first Grade 1 victory.