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2019 Dublin Racing Festival day two tips - Through-the-card selections at Leopardstown on Sunday

Brian Healy in Tips 2 Feb 2019

Brian Healy takes a race-by-race look at day two of Leopardstown's Dublin Racing Festival and he gives his through-the-card selections for Sunday's feature meeting.

The second day of the 2019 Dublin Racing Festival goes to post on Sunday, and a top-class eight-race card awaits punters where there are no less than four Grade One races featuring on day two.

The Irish Gold Cup, won twelve months ago by Edwulf, is the day’s principal race; but with the likes of the Flogas Novices’ Chase and the Spring Juvenile Hurdle offering classy support, there is plenty to look forward to.

12:40 - Irish Stallion Farms EBF Paddy Mullins Mares Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) (4yo+) 2m2f
1:15 - Tattersalls Ireland Spring Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1) (4yo) 2m
1:50 - Chanelle Pharma Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) (5yo+) 2m
2:25 - William Fry Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) (4yo+ 0-150) 3m
3:00 - Flogas Novice Chase (Grade 1) (5yo+) 2m5f
3:35 - Unibet Irish Gold Cup (Chase) (Grade 1) (5yo+) 3m
4:10 - Abbey International Leopardstown Handicap Chase (Grade A) (5yo+) 2m5f
4:40 - Coolmore N.H. Sires Irish EBF Mares I.N.H. Flat Race (Grade 2) (4-7yo) 2m

On a fantastic second day of horse racing action at the Foxrock track, Brian Healy takes a race-by-race look at the day’s action, and he gives his selections for every race on Sunday at Leopardstown.

12:40 - Irish Stallion Farms EBF Paddy Mullins Mares Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) (4yo+) 2m2f


It could be worth chancing on SASSY DIVA (15/2, Unibet) to get back on the winning trail having found only the high-class Honeysuckle too strong in a Listed contest at Thurles in December.

Shane Crawley’s Kalanisi mare is lightly raced over hurdles for an eight-year old; but she has shown good form since transferring out of bumpers, making the frame in starts at Navan and Fairyhouse prior to opening her account with a defeat of Peters Cousin at Ayr.

Subsequently runner-up to Tintangle at Thurles on her next outing, beaten a head, she crossed the like just over three lengths’ adrift of Henry de Bromhead’s highly promising youngster and now stepping into handicap company she appears well-treated on these terms and may have more to offer.

1:15 - Tattersalls Ireland Spring Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1) (4yo) 2m


Sir Erec made a good impression when beating Tiger Tap Tap at this venue over Christmas; but COEUR SUBLIME (13/2, Unibet) could be worth siding with again having looked set to win the Grade Two Knight Frank Hurdle here on Boxing Day when falling at the last.

Gordon Elliott’s Elusive Pimpernel gelding won on the flat for Peter Fahey prior to joining this yard, and he made the perfect transition to hurdling when beating Our Legend at Down Royal, scoring by just over one length.

Having just lost out to Chief Justice in the Baroneracing.com Juvenile Hurdle, denied by a short-head, he could have plenty of improvement to come still, and if none the worse for his spill latest then he could bounce back with Davy Russell in the saddle.

Davy Russell can steer Coeur Sublime to success at Leopardstown.



1:50 - Chanelle Pharma Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) (5yo+) 2m


Willie Mullins runs four in this race, but ARAMON (7/2, Unibet) could prove the pick of the quartet and the Monsun gelding gets the vote to continue his winning form.

Useful on the flat in Germany for Markus Klug, he won two of his first three starts over hurdles which included a Grade Three success at Navan, and he ran better than the bare result when beaten into third behind the high-class Quick Grabim at Fairyhouse in the Royal Bond Hurdle.

He stepped up on that effort however with a career-best to beat Sancta Simona in the Grade One Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle where he ran out a ten lengths’ winner, scoring impressively.

He showed a good turn of foot to win that prize, where the reopposing Triplicate could only finish fourth, and open to further improvement he could prove a tough nut to crack.

2:25 - William Fry Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) (4yo+ 0-150) 3m


DALLAS DES PICTONS (11/2, Unibet) could be worth chancing in this competitive handicap contest, and Gordon Elliott’s charge has shown race-by-race progression in his three hurdles starts to date.

The Spanish Moon gelding made the frame in his first two starts at Naas and here on Boxing Day when beaten three lengths behind City Island; and he stepped up on that run to win at the third attempt with a ten lengths’ success over Lighthouse Warrier at Punchestown when stepped up in trip.

This demands more as he steps into handicap company, and a mark of 130 while workable probably needs a jolt of improvement from the six-year old. But he is open to plenty of further improvement after just three runs over obstacles, and the further step up in trip to three miles could well yield dividends.

Given he takes on more exposed rivals, he could well prove the answer to a tricky handicap with the likelihood of further improvement to come.

3:00 - Flogas Novice Chase (Grade 1) (5yo+) 2m5f


La Bague Au Roi has gone from strength to strength over fences, winning all three starts over the larger obstacles and the Doctor Dino mare looks sure to go well again. But DELTA WORK (13/8, Unibet) has looked a potential top-drawer chaser in the making with three successive wins of his own, which include Grade Ones at Fairyhouse and here latterly when taking the Neville Hotels Chase.

Gordon Elliott’s Network gelding produced a classy performance to win the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival last March, after which he found only Next Destination too strong at Punchestown in the Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle.

While his last win was over three mines, the lesser distance here will prove no barrier to further success, and he won the Drinmore Novice Chase from Le Richebourg at Fairyhouse over a similar trip.

Unbeaten over fences, he has to give 7lbs to Warren Greatrex’s similarly unbeaten raider; but his form is stronger than that of the Doctor Dino mare, and he can make it four wins from four over fences.

Delta Work (right) can win the Flogas Novice Chase.



3:35 - Unibet Irish Gold Cup (Chase) (Grade 1) (5yo+) 3m


Edwulf has gone the wrong way since his shock win in this race twelve months ago, while Bellshill is 0-4 at this venue; Outlandere doesn’t look the force he was, while Monalee can throw in the odd poor jump.

ROAD TO RESPECT (9/4, Unibet) gets the verdict then to get back on the winning trail, and Noel Meade’s Gamut gelding can collect this big prize for Gigginstown House Stud.

A hugely progressive sort over fences, winning twice last term and making the frame in all three defeats which include the Gold Cup at Cheltenham where he finished fourth, Noel Meade’s charge made a winning return to action when running out an easy winner of the Grade One JNWine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal back in November.

He had the better part of twenty lengths to spare over the runner-up on that occasion, and he lost little caste in defeat here latest in the Savills Chase when beaten around eight lengths behind the ever-improving Kemboy.

The Gamut gelding won this race in 2017, and he could well regain his crown here if enjoying a shade more luck in running.

4:10 - Abbey International Leopardstown Handicap Chase (Grade A) (5yo+) 2m5f


Three miles and a big penalty to carry were both likely big factors in DE NAME ESCAPES ME’s (11/2, Unibet) recent effort here, where Noel Meade’s Vinnie Roe gelding finished down the field behind Auvergnat, beaten a long way.

However, he had won two of his three previous starts with successes at Naas over hurdles, and over fences at Navan on his penultimate start when gaining a narrow win over the smart Solomn Grundy in the Foxrock Chase.

He looked to win a shade cosily, travelling well and then only needing pushed out under hands and heels on the extended run-in, and he could well bounce back from his latest effort with this return to shorter looking a big positive. 

With scope to improve over fences given his hurdles rating is higher, he could be worth chancing to post an improved effort here and no surprise to see a bold show.

Noel Meade can get amongst the Leopardstown winners on Sunday.



4:40 - Coolmore N.H. Sires Irish EBF Mares I.N.H. Flat Race (Grade 2) (4-7yo) 2m


Relegate won this race twelve months ago for Willie Mullins, and the County Carlow handler can follow up with his REBEL OG (2/1, Unibet) who can bounce back from her disappointing run last time.

The Presenting mare had created a good impression when running out a wide-margin winner on her debut at Down Patrick in August, and the race latest at Punchestown when finishing third behind Chead Solas didn’t show her in her best light off a steady pace in a race which turned into a dash for the line.

She should get more of a pace to aim at this time, and given her earlier impressive win on her debut it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her post an improved run here.


2019 DUBLIN RACING FESTIVAL TIPS - DAY TWO SELECTIONS


12:40 - SASSY DIVA (15/2, Unibet)

1:15 - COEUR SUBLIME (13/2, Unibet)

1:50 - ARAMON (7/2, Unibet)

2:25 - DALLAS DES PICTONS (11/2, Unibet)

3:00 - DELTA WORK (13/8, Unibet)

3:35 - ROAD TO RESPECT (9/4, Unibet)

4:10 - DE NAME ESCAPES ME (11/2, Unibet)

4:40 - REBEL OG (2/1, Unibet)

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2019 Dublin Racing Festival day two tips - Through-the-card selections at Leopardstown on Sunday

Brian Healy takes a race-by-race look at day two of Leopardstown's Dublin Racing Festival and he gives his through-the-card selections for Sunday's feature meeting.

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