Loader’s Lucky 15 – Huge multiple for day one at Leopardstown
Saturday’s Lucky 15
Chris Loader rolls four of his best bets on day one of the Dublin Racing Festival into this Lucky 15 for Leopardstown on Saturday 1st February.
The Dublin Racing Festival has really come to prominence in the last couple of years and stamped its place in the racing calendar as the Irish Cheltenham Trials.
Leopardstown 1.25 – Min
I am a massive fan of Min and a bit annoyed I wasn’t on at bigger prices earlier this week, however that’s not putting me off from backing him. Ultimately the market has formed around Chacun Pour Soi and A Plus Tard and followers of my work might remember I put A Plus Tard over Christmas when he duly won in convincing style.
Nevertheless I’m siding with Min as he’s got a perfect record being 2-2 in the Dublin Chase. Also he won on seasonal appearance in the Grade 1 John Durkan at Punchestown which the same route he took last year when winning this. Also the nine-year-old is the highest rated horse in the line up. For me I’m not convinced with Chacun Pour Soi and think he’s very much a talking despite beating Defi Du Seuil last season. Whilst on the other hand I think A Plus Tard would prefer softer ground and the drying out conditions might be a negative. With Robbie Power booked he’s the one to beat.
Leopardstown 2.35 – Paloma Blue
Paloma Blue has certainly been found out when it comes to Graded races but nonetheless he’s a good animal with a decent record at Leopardstown. His last run saw him run over two and half miles at Ascot behind Ridersonthestorm who could be a major player at the Cheltenham Festival. Dropping back in distance looks a nice move and he can major player and slotting into handicap company. I think he’s a solid contender and is an attractive price.
Leopardstown 3.10 – Sharjah
Arguably the Irish Champion Hurdle could be the race of the weekend which could highlight many clues for the Champion Hurdle picture. I’m hoping Sharjah can do the business and enhance his claims as I’m on him at 33-1 for the Festival. Sharjah won well at Christmas and has a fantastic record with jockey Patrick Mullins in Grade 1s at Leopardstown being 2-2. The ground drying will also benefit him too has he’s got a lot of gears. Honeysuckle could be exciting in the two mile division but I think she might be vulnerable to a speedier type today. Therefore Sharjah is my pick.
Leopardstown 4.20 – Eric Bloodaxe
I think Eric Bloodaxe could be a very exciting prospect in this race as he follows the same route as last year’s winner Envoi Allen. Eric Bloodaxe was a taking winner on his last start at Leopardstown and was giving away weight. Today he meets several of the same rivals he met previously. If he replicates his win at Christmas the five-year-old will have too much class for them.