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Cask Mate and Rivière D’etel: the headliners of the Dublin Racing Festival this weekend
UPDATED AT 6:25 PM, FEBRUARY 3, 2022
Our tipping experts give you a quick look at the Dublin Racing Festival, which takes center stage in Leopardstown this weekend.
Read on to find out who David Jennings thinks could be “thrown up” on Sunday.
Bronn won a bumper at Ballinrobe last April when coached by Stuart Crawford and form has been given a nice boost with the second and third points since.
The five-year-old son of Notnowcato was better than just the result as he won a first hurdle on his debut for Willie Mullins at Naas last month, showing some liveliness as he strolled down the straight.
Bronn won by only three-quarter lengths, but the third Flame Bearer then won a first hurdle at Fairyhouse by 12 lengths. Stepping up the trip to his second start for the yard, he is expected to take another big step forward. Adrian Wall, tipster
Patrick Ward & Company Solicitors Irish Arkle (2.10 Leopardstown), Saturday
The absence of Ferny Hollow is keenly felt in this Grade 1 highlight and it could create an opportunity for high-class mare Rivière D’etel to do better than her top Christmas bid at the same ring.
Only a length and a half separated the five-year-old trained by Gordon Elliott and Ferny Hollow in an honorable second in the Racing Post Novice Chase in December, and the experience she has gained in this field in recent months should be prove valuable. advantage here.
This will be Rivière D’etel’s fifth hunting start, as Haut En Couleurs and Saint Sam head to Leopardstown after winning their hunting debut with rookies. Blue Lord was only seen over the fences twice and almost half of the obstacles were missed due to the low sun in Naas last time.
Life is about to get tougher as Rivière D’etel doesn’t have the four-year allowance she used at the start of the campaign, but she should still improve and can win a first. victory in first year. Mark Boylan, journalist
Runners and runners for the Irish Gold Cup at the Dublin Racing Festival
Paddy Power “I will never go back to the office” Handicap Chase (3.50 Leopardstown), Saturday
Joseph O’Brien’s rope hit form at the perfect time and A Wave Of The Sea should relish a drop in distance. He was the subject of early market support, which is unsurprising as he came close in a pair of major 3m handicaps in the fall.
Most recently he finished second in the Munster National, where he may have missed the final kick on a three-mile trial. It’s a big drop in course, but it has proven itself on this course and this distance and was a winner over half a yard further last season at Leopardstown.
Shane Fitzgerald’s 5lb claim effectively means he is 2lbs below his national Munster mark and still not exposed over fences, especially at this distance. Owen Goulding, tipster
Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
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Three Stripe Life (left): Would have probably won the Tier 1 course and distance at Christmas, but for a mistake on the penultimate
Three Stripe Life would have arguably won the first year of course and distance at Christmas if it hadn’t inflated the penultimate. He has more than eight lengths to make up with Sir Gerhard on their outstanding form, but Willie Mullins’ seven-year-old has yet to produce anything special over hurdles.
He’ll get his chance here, but 5-1 is fair enough for the youngest one-year-old, Three Stripe Life, given what he’s shown over the smaller hurdles so far, and the rain predicted for the night will help his luck. He can take advantage if the favorite falters. James Hill, tipster
Noel Meade won the Liffey Handicap Hurdle with Glencloud in 1993 when known as Ladbroke Hurdle and again in 2017 when known as Coral.ie Hurdle, and he can win it again on Sunday with Cask Mate which looks potentially discarded. 139.
The lightly run nine-year-old was beaten by eight lengths by Zanahiyr on his last start at Down Royal, but that margin of defeat could have been halved had he not clicked penultimate. Zanahiyr is now ranked 159 and Cask Mate only received 5 pounds that day. In fact, I’m not even sure Cask Mate was at his best that day and neither was Sean Flanagan.
He was second to Ballyadam in the Royal Bond last season and for a Grade 1 runner-up to run in his first handicap with such an attractive rating made me giddy.
His 100-day absence from Down Royal isn’t much of a concern as he’s won through breaks of 149 days, 1020 days and 234 days in the past. It will certainly be fresh.
The first 16-1 available on him has long since dried up, but the 8-1 remains more than fair as I think he has about 10 pounds up his sleeve. With luck in the race and a clean round of jumps, he should take a lot of hits. David Jennings, Deputy Editor of Ireland
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