Cheltenham 2020 betting: Dublin Racing Festival Review
Find out what Cheltenham Festival betting pointers our expert tipster took from the Dublin Racing Festival – a gathering with a habit of turning up March winners.
Another successful version of the Dublin Racing Festival happened over Saturday and Sunday at Leopardstown.
In just its third 12 months, this fantastic assembly is already wanting a super brainchild from HRI and in the two years earlier its record of winners has produced no fewer than 9 subsequent Cheltenham Festival winners in the same season.
There have been virtually actually extra lurking over the weekend that will go on to Cotswolds success in March.
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Champion Chase odds: Questions to reply for Chacun Pour Soi
The Willie Mullins group are firing on all cylinders now, when clearly they were not over Christmas. Few horses in Ireland or Britain introduced a reputation as big as Chacun Pour Soi into this season, a results of his Punchestown demolition of Defi Du Seuil again in the spring.
He was turned over by A Plus Tard at Christmas and their eagerly-anticipated rematch didn’t materialise as Henry De Bromhead’s runner was a late non-runner in the Ladbrokes Dublin Chase.
Instead, Chacun Pour Soi held off stablemate and dual winner of this race Min in second spot. As he did at Christmas, Paul Townend’s mount jumped beautifully nicely, usually taking a length and extra from his primary rivals by way of the air.
He travelled strongly to lead and looked to have the race in his pocket between the ultimate two jumps.
But he had to work onerous to seal it, and, in anybody’s eyes, this end was a slow-motion affair and not the sort of thing you’d expect to show ok within the Queen Mother.
There may be more to return from him in March and he is not to be written off but, as of now, Philip Hobbs’ 7/4 favorite Defi Du Seuil is very a lot the one to beat in the and Altior (10/3) might be his main danger.
Champion Hurdle odds: Honeysuckle advertises claims
Only three mares (Dawn Run 1984, Flakey Dove 1994 and Annie Power 2016) have won the at Cheltenham for the explanation that Second World War ended.
Yet now we now have mares occupying first and second spots within the betting in what seems a muddling two-mile Championship division this yr.
With last yr’s winner Espoir D’Allen sadly departed and previous two-time winner Buveur D’Air ruled out through damage, the Champion Hurdle seeks a new star.
Epatante showed her exhausting with a fine Christmas Hurdle win at Kempton and remains favourite at 5/2, but Honeysuckle’s Irish Champion Hurdle victory on Saturday ensures she is subsequent in the market.
This was her first try at two-miles and her first run left-handed under guidelines. The De Bromhead mare is entitled to have discovered plenty from the experience and from jumping at this championship pace.
This form itself; beating Darver Star and Petit Mouchoir into the locations; doubtless isn’t good enough, but Honeysuckle can improve and her confirmed capability over 2m4f shall be a not insignificant advantage in the Champion Hurdle.
On form this season, she probably deserves favouritism. So extensive open is that this contest that we have even received leading proprietor Rich Ricci talking about supplementing his mare Benie Des Dieux into the picture. Girl Power is alive and properly within the Champion Hurdle!
Champion Bumper odds: Mullins may appreciate more Bumper glory
Ireland’s champion trainer Willie Mullins has no less than nine wins in the Champion Bumper on his report, although solely Relegate has scored within the last six years for the Closutton maestro.
It looked for all of the world like Blue Sari was coming to claim Envoi Allen final March, however the winner was nothing but game and – as we know now – proper out of the highest drawer.
On Saturday, Appreciate It made gentle of the drop in distance as he romped residence by greater than seven-lengths within the Goffs Future Stars Bumper; a race received final yr by Envoi Allen.
The method of victory was spectacular and with stamina an asset and tempo to burn, it could take one thing particular to cease Appreciate It giving his coach a tenth Champion Bumper success come March.
RSA Chase odds: Easy to overlook an improver
There was sheer jubilation round Leopardstown following Faugheen’s gutsy success within the Flogas Novice Chase on Sunday.
The former Champion Hurdler has discovered a brand new lease of life this season since going over fences. This was a second Grade 1 of the term and he is now 8/1 in the betting for the RSA Chase. His story is outstanding however, at 12-years-old, it will be some fairytale ought to he achieve another Festival win now.
His stablemate Easy Game went down all weapons blazing in second spot and might have obtained the job done with more time. This was simply his third begin over fences and a first in graded firm.
He claimed the scalp of Allaho, no less, at Christmas and is clearly an enhancing performer over fences. There should be more to come and he’s not one to underestimate come March.
Easy Game is a double-figure price for the RSA and the Marsh Chase and should outrun these odds wherever he turns up.
Cheltenham Gold Cup odds: Delta Work nonetheless in progress
Delta Work, Kemboy and Presenting Percy all jumped the final in the Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup with their probability to win, nevertheless it was Gordon Elliott’s cost that took it; simply as he did within the Savills Chase at Christmas.
He’s a piece in progress and will likely come on once more in March. He was only third within the RSA final March, viewed by many as being a tiny bit unlucky up the run-in. That nevertheless is very sturdy kind and he already boasts Cheltenham Festival-winning kind too.
As the betting suggests at 4/1 the field, the is as extensive open because it has been for a number of years.
Reigning champion Al Boum Photo heads the betting but retaining the blue riband is rarely a straightforward task.
On this season’s evidence, Delta Work is the strongest of the Irish challengers right now and he is got the battle scars from successive Grade 1 victories to make sure he’s razor sharp. That will depend for plenty come March 13.