Leopardstown recommendations: Mind’s Eye can sparkle

While Punchestown’s Festival has its proportion of awful races – think in particular the handful of hunter chases – and Leopardstown at Christmas is not all pinnacle-notch stuff, this weekend’s two-day Dublin Racing Festival is absolutely going to be the most virtuous assembly run all 12 months over jumps in Ireland.

Saturday’s action is ridiculously warm, even the handicaps ultra-aggressive, and it’s miles one of those furnishings that doesn’t demand bets – but fortuitously there are a few.

Samcro is my favored horse in schooling and I am glad that Gigginstown and Gordon Elliott eschewed what might have been a soft enough Grade One on Saturday to take the tougher alternative on Sunday inside the Deloitte Novice Hurdle.

He should win and have learned a chunk greater approximately jumping hurdles at velocity – do not forget he is taken into consideration an out-and-out chaser with the aid of connections.

Another son of the past due to Germany, Faugheen, is Saturday’s major draw within the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle.

Perhaps we can all resemble fools for no longer backing him at odds-against come tea-time – however, it’s far a chore to argue convincingly what fee the 10-12 months-old ought to be, for the reason that no person seems to have any explanation for his flat Christmas effort.
The most likely winner here appears to be Dortmund Park, on my pretty exhaustive list of Cheltenham bets. His victory at the waterlogged Thurles terrain became surprisingly memorable for any other cause: owner Eddie O’Leary, trainer Gordon Elliott, and rider Davy Russell all commented afterward that they could not agree with the rate he changed into.

Dortmund Park splashed thru the Thurles dust remaining time (PA)
He turned into predicted to return to Thurles later this month, but Samcro’s rerouting to Sunday resulted in a similar transfer.

At the fees, Dortmund Park is 1/2 the fee, I select Carter Mckay, even though Paul Townend seems to have opted for Fabulous Saga, who virtually is prone in a check like this.

The 2m6f ride can simplest match elegant bumper performer Carter Mckay, and I got the wonderful impact at Punchestown that trainer Willie Mullins notion he was able to a good deal higher than that honorable third to Getabird, which observed a reported setback.

Handicap chases near the ceiling bracket are a long way from a non-public punting preference, but the layers frequently get it incorrect as to the most fancied of the JP McManus runners.

Generally, I tend to avoid McManus-owned handicap debutants such as 6-1 preferred That’s A Wrap, for all that he might be going to enhance beyond this mark.

Kilfenora is the choice for the Eddie Harty crew. By a couple of Gold Cup winner Yeats out of the smart Blazing Liss, he changed into placed hurdling off 127 and again on his personal handicap chase debut off 118 closing time.

Being 1lb out of the handicap, he’s efficiently up 3lb in a higher rate, but he has just turned six and appears a near-certain improver, especially if Niall Madden can get him into a jumping rhythm.

JP McManus’ Off You Go is an apparent fancy and probably worth a saver, however, Henry De Bromhead’s Mind’s Eye makes extra attraction.

He showed Samcro in an excellent light through winning his last two races, having finished 2d to Samcro with the aid of 15 lengths in a Punchestown maiden in October, and it is tough to be assured (connections were now not and nevertheless are not) that the 2 and a half of miles applicable him whilst he gained at Christmas.

Those identical connections have stated they strongly taken into consideration jogging him in Grade One company this weekend, so his revised mark of 133 (up to 8lb, that is honest) won’t stop him right here over two miles – particularly with Dylan Robinson claiming 5lb.

This is a handicap in which you really want to be looking for strong guests and ideally one unexposed. This lad suits the bill on both counts and he is a truly handsome horse in addition, who can be Grade One-high-quality chasing.

One component quite taking approximately his direction win at Christmas become that he boasted the gears to negotiate a fleeting gap as they got here into the directly whilst it regarded odds-on he could be squeezed up, suggesting to me he has a bit of sophistication – or at the least was pretty nicely in.

Rapid Escape worked with Samcro in a gentle little bit of workout at this track on a promotional day remaining month. I am assured sufficient they’ll show to be a number of the quality horses Gordon Elliott may have trained by the point they prosper fully – hands crossed in a recreation of vicissitudes – and Rapid Escape just maintains delivering in bumpers.

He may be a staying chaser down the line, but he without a doubt possesses gears, and it seems next to impossible that this can be something aside from a genuinely- or strongly-run race.

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