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Leopardstown betting tips
13.05 – Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors ’50k Cheltenham Bonus For Stable Staff’ Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) – 2m6f
A top-class opener to Leopardstown’s two-day meeting with the vote in favour of GAILLARD DU MESNIL, who built on his promising second on debut for Willie Mullins when returning an excellent winner here in December.
His time-figures, in comparison to stablemate Stattler, read exceptionally well. He’s fancied to find the necessary improvement over this longer trip and get favourite-backers off to a winning start.
At a double-figure price, SHADOW RIDER could run a big race. He was a close-up staying-on third behind Ashdale Bob on stable/hurdles debut and looked as though he’d improve significantly for that outing next-time-out.
He then comfortably justified short-odds on heavy ground at Limerick and shouldn’t be discounted here with plenty more improvement on the cards and conditions to suit.
Selections: GAILLARD DU MESNIL, SHADOW RIDER
13.35 – Ladbrokes Dublin Chase (Grade 1) – 2m1f
CHACUN POUR SOI was an impressive winner of this race twelve months ago, where he had stable-companion Min, three lengths in behind. The top-class chaser has won both his starts this term in great style, including the Paddy’s Rewards Club Chase over C&D when last in action.
The lightly-raced nine-year-old ought to rubber-stamp his place at the top of the two-mile division by winning this for a second consecutive year at the main expense of Min before going in search of the Champion Chase at Cheltenham. An automatic pick in our Leopardstown betting tips.
Selections: CHACUN POUR SOI
14.10 – Patrick Ward & Co. Solicitors Irish Arkle Novice Chase (Grade 1) – 2m1f
This race in particular has been won by some high-class horses over the years, with the likes of Douvan and Un De Sceaux claiming the prize for Willie Mullins in recent years.
There’s every chance the potential top-class ENERGUMENE will be of the same calibre having taken care of Captain Guinness at Naas last month. He is 2-2 over fences and has favourable ground conditions, therefore, he has all the credentials to take high rank among this season’s novice chasers.
CAPTAIN GUINNESS was unfortunate to be bought down in the Supreme at last year’s Cheltenham Festival, but has developed into a smart chaser and lost no caste in defeat at Naas last month. It could be down to the fact that Willie Mullins charge is just a much better horse, but he’s a classy sort himself and holds each-way claims.
Selections: ENERGUMENE, CAPTAIN GUINNESS
14.45 – Matheson Handicap Chase (0-150) (Grade B) – 2m1f
The Jessica Harrington-trained PORT STANLEY is a model of consistency and has run well in defeat in all four starts over fences this season. He was odds-on favourite to beat Aramax last time out but came second beaten only two-lengths. Essentially, he gets a huge swing in the weights here with an opening handicap mark of 135 looking lenient. With conditions to suit, he’s expected to play a leading role.
A WAVE OF THE SEA is a former grade-one winner over hurdles and although he hasn’t set the world alight over fences, he’s extremely well-handicapped and could surprise a few at the foot of the weights, while ENTOUCAS merits consideration under Mark Walsh.
Selections: PORT STANLEY, A WAVE OF THE SEA, ENTOUCAS
15.15 – Chanelle Pharma Irish Champion Hurdle (Grade 1) – 2m
An exceptional renewal of the Irish Champion Hurdle in the penultimate leg of our Leopardstown betting tips and the unbeaten mare HONEYSUCKLE is taken to extend her record to a perfect ten in receipt of 7Ib from all rivals.
She landed back-to-back successes in the Hatton’s Grace on her reappearance and should be suited by conditions dropping back to two-miles. I think it will take a very good horse to beat her and she’s highly-likely to go for the Champion Hurdle in March if she lands the honours this weekend.
SHARJAH was only sixth in the race last year, but has improved extensively since. He comfortably won a third successive Matheson over C&D in December and is the main threat being the highest-rated runner in the line-up.
Selections: HONEYSUCKLE, SHARJAH
15.50 – Ladbrokes Hurdle (Extended Handicap Hurdle) (0-150) (Grade B) – 2m
This looks wide-open but given the fact that Mark Walsh has opted to ride bottom-weight THE MOYGLASS FLYER over the other JP McManus representatives, makes him an attractive betting proposition.
He raced far too keenly when only third last-time-out but shaped with plenty of promise and, considering the first and second are now rated 140, Joseph O’Brien’s six-year-old remains one to be positive about from an opening mark of 129.
BLUE SARI may well need this outing, but he could easily run into a place if able to put his best foot forward on handicap debut. He was second in the 2019 Champion Bumper and would easily win this if replicating that sort of form over hurdles.
ESKYLANE hasn’t looked the same horse this season, but he could be well-treated on handicap debut and his fifth in last season’s Champion Bumper looks good form. If Gordon Elliott has him back to his best, it would be hard to envisage him not being involved.
Selections: THE MOYGLASS FLYER, BLUE SARI, ESKYLANE
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