Sunday Leopardstown best bets – Day two tips at the Dublin Racing Festival
Sunday Leopardstown best bets
It is day two of the Dublin Racing Festival featuring a top-class lineup of racing action that includes four Grade One contests. We’ve picked out our Sunday Leopardstown best bets on the card.
After a fantastic first day of racing at the Dublin Racing Festival that saw impressive wins for Chacun Pour Soi, Energumene and Honeysuckle we move onto the second day of the fantastic fixture at Leopardstown where four more Grade One races await including the Irish Gold Cup and Flogas Novices Chase.
There will again be plenty of Cheltenham Festival clues to be had throughout the afternoon and the ITV Racing cameras will have the best of the racecard on their broadcast that also includes racing from Musselburgh. We’re concentrating though on the second day of the Dublin Racing Festival here and we’ve picked out our Sunday Leopardstown best bets on the card.
SUNDAY LEOPARDSTOWN BEST BETS – DAY TWO TIPS AT THE DUBLIN RACING FESTIVAL
1:10 Leopardstown – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Paddy Mullins Mares Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) (4yo+) 2m2f
TELMESOMETHINGGIRL could be the answer in a very tricky opener although Henry de Bromhead’s charge will find it tougher to dominate this big field.
The Stowaway mare has proven to be progressive over hurdles this term, winning three of four starts which include a defeat of the useful Darrens Hope at Listowel in September when last seen.
She made all that day before asserting and a late mistake barely halted her momentum; the form has been franked with the runner-up winning twice since as well as finishing third in a Grade Two.
This is her handicap debut where she could prove well-treated off 128 and with the potential for better to come could turn in a bold showing under Rachael Blackmore.
1:40 Leopardstown – Tattersalls Ireland Spring Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1) (4yo) 2m
YOUMDOR likely would have made it 2-2- had he not fallen at the last at Fairyhouse last month but Willie Mullins’ charge can make amends here and can get back to winning ways.
A decent sort on the flat in France for Freddie Head the Youmzain gelding was impressive in running out a 16 lengths’ victor on his hurdles debut at Gowran Park back in November where he travelled strongly if a little keen but was well on top at the end.
He was just being niggled at when falling at the final hurdle latest at Fairyhouse but he was arguably travelling better than the eventual winner with the pair pulling a long way clear of the rest. A hood is now deployed which could help focus and improve him and he’s open to plenty of further improvement so ought to make his presence felt under Paul Townend who sides with him over the yard’s other runners.
3:40 Leopardstown – Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup (Chase) (Grade 1) (5yo+) 3m½f
DELTA WORK took this Grade One prize twelve months ago, one of three Grade One contests the Network gelding collected last term and Gordon Elliott’s charge can get back on the winning trail with a successful title defence.
Having looked in need of the reappearance in the Ladbrokes Champion Chase behind Road To Respect he went on to beat both Monalee and Kemboy over this course and distance in successive starts before turning in a very creditable fifth to Al Boum Photo in the Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival.
He was only beaten around six lengths despite turning in a less than impressive round of jumping so it is to his credit he finished as close as he did given he took a few by the roots on the way round.
Not for the first time in his career he shaped as if he’d be better for the run at Down Royal in October in the latest Ladbrokes Champion Chase before returning here in the Savills Chase over Christmas where he was yet to be asked for any effort when stumbling and unseating his rider mid-contest.
He is certainly worthy of another chance and he has a formidable record at this venue where he has three wins and an in-the-frame effort from five starts; while Jack Kennedy returns to the saddle and the pair have combined for two wins including this race last year.
Assuming his mishap last time out hasn’t dented any confidence then he can bounce back to winning form here and it would be no surprise to see him going close in defence of his crown.
4:10 Leopardstown – Gaelic Plant Hire Leopardstown Handicap Chase (Grade A) (5yo+) 2m5½f
MINELLA TIMES was progressive over fences last term, making the frame in five of his starts which include a win at Navan where the Oscar gelding beat Ben Dundee readily under this rider.
The pair combined again to resume winning ways on their reappearance at Listowel in September and lost no caste in defeat in the Paddy Power Chase over this course during the Christmas Festival when finding only Castlebawn West too good by four lengths.
It is possible the three miles might just have stretched the stamina of Henry de Bromhead’s charge, but dropping back to this trip could prove a good move and he’ll be sharper for what was his first run in three months.
Only 4lbs higher here and with Rachael Blackmore in the saddle a big run wouldn’t come as a surprise in this competitive contest and the pair can make their presence felt.