Dublin Racing Competition Suggestions | Diamond within the Leopardstown tough

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The Dublin Racing Competition is on our doorstep in what’s the ultimate signpost on the street towards the Cheltenham Competition.

Eire’s high trainers have ready their high horses for 2 high days of leisure, all kicking off with the Nathaniel Lacy & Companions Novice Hurdle.

With Sandown’s Grade 1 card on the identical day, listed below are a number of horses to maintain onside on Saturday.

 

1:20 Leopardstown – Predators Gold @ 13/8 with William Hill

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Within the opener, Predators Gold is a horse I’ve had on my radar all season and connections have opted to step the five-year-old again up in journey to a extra appropriate distance.

After his debut success over hurdles, jockey Paul Townend stated he acquired a really feel that made him suppose he was a Grade 1 horse and that was put to the take a look at on his subsequent begin when he completed second to Caldwell Potter within the Grade 1 Future Champions Novice Hurdle.

Predators Gold dazzles on his hurdling debut @punchestownrace beneath @PTownend 👀@WillieMullinsNH’s unbeaten four-year-old landed a useful bumper right here in April and is clearly the actual deal on this proof … pic.twitter.com/RjzjUbwlT8

— Racing TV (@RacingTV) November 25, 2023

The circumstances that day had been attritional, although he handled them properly and confirmed that he’s a horse who can compete at this degree.

Of his 5 rivals, none have confirmed Grade 1 kind within the guide, although the horse who may enhance to outrun his odds is Stellar Story who beat each Ile Atlantique and Caldwell Potter within the two-mile bumper.

Nonetheless, with this uncertainty about the remainder, Predators Gold seems just like the one who may stamp his mark on the staying novice hurdle division.

 

3:00 Leopardstown – Joyeux Machin @ 20/1 with William Hill

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Paul Nolan’s Joyeux Machin is returning to Leopardstown for the primary time since his second to Facile Vega in a bumper again in December 2021, and he might be properly handled off 136.

The seven-year-old has run over fences because the center of 2023, although he has failed to achieve the heights that he promised as a novice hurdler.

Though coming back from fences to hurdles isn’t essentially constructive, his third behind Inthepocket from his debut over hurdles is a pleasant piece of kind and it’s solely been six months since he final ran over hurdles.

A easy win for Joyeux Machin within the characteristic occasion at @wexfordracecour as six-year-old eases to victory for the @swflanagan7 and @nolan_racing workforce 🏆 pic.twitter.com/064pxRQwZW

— Horse Racing Eire (@HRIRacing) Might 31, 2023

His opening success over obstacles noticed him end strongly to beat Viva Devito, a horse who bolted up on his subsequent begin in a maiden hurdle, over two miles and he’s nonetheless unexposed over three miles having received by seven lengths in Might 2023 earlier than his second to Minella Crooner over fences.

He has to place his final race properly behind him, however his stint over fences has but to persuade, so a return to hurdles may see him put his greatest foot ahead.

 

4:10 Leopardstown – The Folkes Tiara @ 6/1 with Boylesports

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Though he benefitted from the departure of Path D’Oroux, the way in which The Folkes Tiara he received at Leopardstown on Boxing Day was very taking.

He jumped fantastically coming into the house straight and did properly to see it out with a number of fast-approaching rivals in behind.

The Folkes Tiara (Rachael Blackmore; Henry de Bromhead) survives a mid-air collision on the ultimate flight to carry off The Huge Chap within the Handicap Chase at Leopardstown.#RTEracing
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— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) December 26, 2023

Moreover, the eight-year-old was second to Ultimate Orders over course and distance earlier than he improved 17 kilos in December 2022 and he was then third to Dinoblue – a subsequent Grade 1 winner – in a two-mile handicap at Punchestown.

He’s a pleasant improver and will proceed to go that method off a workable mark.

 

4:10 Leopardstown – Gray Diamond @ 18/1 with William Hill

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Not many horses have moved from Sam Thomas to Gordon Elliott, although Gray Diamond is one who matches that standards and will hit the body at an enormous worth.

The ten-year-old final received off a mark of 135 when bolting up at Haydock in facile trend, so his mark of 136 – in addition to Danny Gilligan’s five-pound declare – places him on a aggressive mark.

No risks! 🏇

Gray Diamond has the Haydock Park Racecourse Handicap Chase sewn up a great distance out beneath a constructive journey from @samtwiston.

May Aintree now be open the playing cards for the @SammyTRacing 9-year-old? pic.twitter.com/aNZqnb1OQo

— Racing TV (@RacingTV) March 22, 2023

He was given lots to do from the rear on his first two begins over in Eire, although his final outing was promising as Jack Kennedy wasn’t asking many questions on the flip for dwelling.

The Gris De Gris gelding is an effective horse on his day, as proven by his third to Amarillo Sky and Fugitif at Cheltenham in November 2022, and he needs to be a contemporary and firing horse on his third run for Elliott. Though this implies I’m placing up two horses in a single race, each are large enough to play each-way.

 

British Runners

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As for the racing over within the UK, three horses look attention-grabbing over at Sandown.

The primary comes within the 1:25 at Sandown as Diplomatic Ash seems like an enormous worth at 16/1. The five-year-old is having his handicap debut and confirmed loads of promise in novice hurdles behind Walks Like The Man and Idy Wooden. A mark of 115 seems lenient and he has a pleasant pedigree as his mare, Carrigeen Lechuga, is a half-sister to Minella Indo and likewise achieved a ranking of 130 on the observe.

Over an hour later, I feel Hermes Allen (11/8) might be too good within the Grade 1 Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase at 2:35. His run within the Kauto Star was good behind Il Est Francais and a drop again to two-and-a-half miles shouldn’t be a fear. He’s the Saturday NAP.

Lastly, within the £100,000 handicap hurdle at 3:10, I’m a fan of Transmission at 7/1 for Neil Mulholland. In fact, the restoration of Joe Anderson took all of the limelight after his success at Plumpton, however the nature of his total efficiency was excellent. His maiden hurdle kind with Inthepocket and Joyeux Machin suggests 125 is a lenient mark.

Author: Patrick Thomas