Sunday’s Lucky 15 – Racing Best Bets on February 6

Superstar mare Honeysuckle is one of the star attractions at the Dublin Racing Festival on Sunday.Superstar mare Honeysuckle is one of the star attractions at the Dublin Racing Festival on Sunday.

Horse Racing Tips on Sunday, February 6

The Dublin Racing Festival continues this Sunday with plenty of graded contests and competitive handicap action to look forward to. Our expert tipster has produced their best bets across Leopardstown’s eight-race card, which make up our advised Sunday Lucky 15.

Glan (12:45 Leopardstown)

Trainer Gordon Elliot landed this contest two years ago with Black Tears and will fancy his chances of adding to that tally in this season’s renewal with three entered up.

A smart bumper performer last season, GLAN has made a successful transition to hurdles this campaign and although she was no match for Sit Down Lucy and impressive winner Impervious on penultimate start at Down Royal, the seven-year-old went close to making a winning handicap debut when narrowly beaten at Fairyhouse when last seen over 2miles, battling all the way to the line under jockey Luke Dempsey and turning the tables on Peter Fahey’s runner in the process.

Gordon Elliot’s unexposed charge should appreciate the slight step up in trip after that latest display and although she appears from a 4lb higher mark, Glan still looks fairly treated and can record a second hurdling success. 

Gallant John Joe (2:25 Leopardstown)

GALLANT JOHN JOE has faced some tough tasks since switching to the larger obstacles including on his very first start over fences, chasing home Melon in a Beginners Chase before bumping into dual Grade 1 winner Notebook at Leopardstown. 

That theme has subsequently continued since returning from a 658-day absence as Oliver McKiernan’s charge faced little chance on return in the Grade 1 Racing Post Novice Chase behind smart prospect Riviere D’etel and Willie Mullins’ superstar novice Ferny Hollow. The nine-year-old then came up against Bob Olinger in Grade 3 company last month at Punchestown over 2m4f and was once again comprehensively outclassed. 

Now lining up for his handicap chase debut, Gallant John Joe should strip fitter on his third start from a mammoth absence and it would be no surprise to see him go close from a mark of 142.

Three Stripe Life (3:35 Leopardstown) 

Willie Mullins’ talented bumper performer Sir Gerhard made the ideal start to life over hurdles when dominating proceedings from the front to record a facile course and distance victory back on Boxing Day. There is no doubting his intrinsic ability and if successful on Sunday, he will be a leading fancy for the Supreme Novices Hurdle which is already looking like the race of the Festival as current entries stand. 

Sir Gerhard had previously defeated THREE STRIPE LIFE when the pair met in last season’s Champion Bumper but excuses can be made for Gordon Elliot’s charge as he was notably fractious in the preliminaries and keen throughout the contest suggesting the margin of distance between the pair was possibly exaggerated. 

After readily winning on seasonal return and hurdling debut at Fairyhouse, Three Stripe Life was arguably unlucky not to keep his unbeaten hurdle record intact when finishing second behind stablemate Mighty Potter in the Grade 1 Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown over the festive period. Gordon Elliot’s charge had to switch to the outside before mounting a late challenge on that occasion and was certainly unlucky with how the race unfolded. 

It should be a fascinating contest between some top novice prospects but Three Stripe Life looks to have leading claims and can provide Gordon Elliot with a second win in this race after Samcro took home the spoils back in 2018. 

Eabha Grace (4:40 Leopardstown) 

Trainer Willie Mullins has six entries in the concluding bumper and jockey bookings suggest Pink In The Park is the stables first choice. The five-year-old sauntered to a 14l win at Listowel on debut last September and certainly looks to have plenty of potential going forward.

Jockey Jodie Townend landed this race for Willie Mullins 12 months ago when Grangee defied odds of 18/1 and the pair team up again in this season’s renewal with EABHA GRACE who is certainly worth supporting after creating a favourable impression at Thurles when quickening clear to a comfortable 6.5l success.

The five-year-old mare could be anything at this stage of her career but went down as one to keep on the right side after that taking victory back in December and should arguably be a lot shorter in the betting than her current odds suggest.