Leopardstown Dublin Racing Festival Tips

Leopardstown Dublin Racing Festival Tips


A day of Grade action from Leopardstown as Ireland’s elite head to Dublin to finalise their Cheltenham Festival preparations…

With Cheltenham now just five weeks away, Ireland’s finest national hunt horses head to Leopardstown for their final runs ahead of the iconic festival across the Irish Sea. The likes of Faugheen, Footpad, Yorkhill, Min and many more have already been declared to run this Saturday so there is no doubting the standard will be top draw. We’ve looked through the action packed card and below given you at least one tip for every race with a researched reason as to why we’ve gone for that particular horse. Don’t forget to tweet us your thoughts into @TWEnclosure!


13:10 – Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) (Class 1)

Fabulous Saga

Current Form: 1132

4/1 HERE

Out of the infamous Willie Mullins yard, Fabulous Saga has been kept busy over the past 10 months with 10 runs consisting of five wins and four places so his consistency is obvious. He’s won his last two races in stylish fashion and he will be looking to go for the hat-trick on similar ground but in a much more improved field. You never quite know what you’re going to get from this horse but if he puts in a good performances for his standards then he should be tough to beat especially over the 22f distance on ground he thrives on.


13:45 – Coral Dublin Chase (Grade 2) (Class 1)

Min

Current Form: 21

9/4 HERE

Another selection out of the Willie Mullins yard, it was not long ago that Min was touted as one of the brightest prospects in National Hunt Racing. After a surprise loss in the 2016 Supreme Novices Hurdle followed by a 2o17 plagued by injuries, the French import will now be looking to make a statement ahead of his second Cheltenham Festival appearance in March. He was denied victory by the stewards last time out after impeding 16/1 shot Simply Ned but with that horse up 7lbs in this race from that run, he shouldn’t pose too much of a threat to Min. The biggest danger in the race for Min however comes from stablemate Yorkhill. He too goes into the race off the back of a disappointing run and both will be keen to prove a point. It really is a tough one to predict but we believe that Min’s experience over the extended two mile distance will be just enough for him to get the victory.


14:20 – Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase (Grade 1) (Class 1)

Footpad

Current Form: 11

1/2 HERE

Well, not many words can describe just how highly we rate this horse. Short priced favourite for the Arkle, he has a perfect record from two races over the bigger obstacles. A two time Grade 1 winning hurdler, this is a horse with masses amounts of speed and it will take something special to beat him this Saturday. Proven on a variety of grounds already and both of his chase wins coming at a canter, there could potentially be masses of value in the winning distances betting for this horse this week as despite the fact he’s up against the promising Petit Mouchoir, he should have way to much in his locker for Petit Mouchoir to even mount a challenge.


14:55 – Coral Sandyford Handicap Chase (Rated 0-150) (Grade B) –

Squouateur

Current Form: 36

12/1 HERE

Conrad Hastings

Current Form: 52

18/1 HERE

A very intriguing handicap chase is the fourth race on the Leopardstown Saturday card and what a race it could turn out to be a thriller. Our first selection is the Gordon Elliott trained Squouateur. A 7-year-old who looks to be extremely well handicapped, he finished an impressive third behind Anibale Fly last time out in a strong race. Up just 4lbs from that run he looks cracking e/w value. Our next selection comes in the form of Conrad Hastings. With top jockey Davy Russell booked to ride him, this is a horse that has to be taken seriously especially if you manage to get him at odds of around 25/1. He’s proven on softer ground and should be more than capable of getting at least a place.


15:30 – Bhp Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle (Grade 1) (Class 1)

Faugheen

Current Form: 01

11/10 HERE

Quite easily one of the most popular horses to have ever come out of Ireland, ‘The Machine’ as many refer to him as will be looking to put the record straight after his disappointing run in the Ryanair Hurdle last time out where he was pulled up. Second favourite for the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham, he’s only been beaten twice in his 15 race career so far which have included nine, yes NINE Grade 1 wins, a crazily good stat. There was no injury diagnosed after his last run but maybe it was just a bad day at the office for him and despite coming up against the likes of Melon, Defi Du Seuil & Cheltenham winner Supasundae, we fully expect him to bounce back in style.


16:05 – Coral Hurdle (Extended Handicap Hurdle – Rated 0-150) (Grade B) 

Ben Dundee

Current Form: 261

12/1 HERE

Tandem

Current Form: 91

33/1 HERE

A 29 runner handicap, it’s going to be hard to pick the winner from this race but we think that we’ve got a couple of quality e/w shouts. We’ll start off with Ben Dundee. Since his move to top trainer Gordon Elliott in the summer of 2017, he’s looked a different animal. He won on his first run for the yard and followed it up with two impressive performances which has seen his mark rise to 134 from 130. He should pose a real threat to the market leaders especially at 12/1. Our next pick comes in the shape of big outsider Tandem. He’s not run over hurdles in over two and a half years and now runs off a mark 4lbs lighter than his last appearance. He won five of his 10 races on the flat with his most impressive performances coming over a mile and a half and with this handicap hurdle just two miles, a clean round of jumping could well see this 9-year-old through to a surprise victory.


Goffs Future Stars (C & G) I.N.H. Flat Race (Grade 2) (Class 1)

Rapid Escape

Current Form: 111

6/4 HERE

Now for quite comfortably one of the more difficult races to predict on the card, the good old bumper finale. With just 18 races under rules been run between the nine runner field, it’s a near lottery but we’ve gone for the most experienced horse in the race, Gordon Elliott’s Rapid Escape. He’s got a 3/4 record in bumpers and since the summer break, he’s 3/3 and has seemed to excel on the sort of ground expected at Leopardstown on Saturday. It is as previously mentioned however potentially anyones race but whoever wins could turn out to be a tasty e/w price for the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham.


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