Dublin Racing Festival preview - Day 2: Dinoblue to prosper in Dublin Chase
It’s another huge day of racing at Leopardstown this Sunday on the final day of the Dublin Racing Festival.
There are four Grade 1 races on the card and we’ve picked out a best bet in three of those contests.
1.10 Leopardstown - Novice Chase (Grade 1)
Gaelic Warrior has made a really bright opening to his chase career, winning both starts so far, but his tendency to jump right makes him a risky proposition at odds on.
If Gaelic Warrior does give away ground by jumping right at his fences, he may not get away with it against the slick Grangeclare West.
The Cheveley Park stud prospect is also unbeaten over fences, leaving his hurdle form behind in both chase starts so far, which includes a Grade 1 success at this venue over Christmas.
He’s a very solid jumper who has proven himself on the chase track and he seems to have been somewhat forgotten about in the market; he could be the value in the race.
1.40 Leopardstown - Novice Hurdle (Grade 1)
With three wins from four starts under rules in his short career so far, Ballyburn attempts to drop back in trip and gain a first Grade 1 success.
Some of the favourites look short on day two of the DRF but Ballyburn could be the one to keep on side.
He could not have been any more impressive when landing a 2m4f maiden hurdle at this venue over the Christmas period and he was unlucky to bump into Firefox on his penultimate start in a race that turned into a sprint for home.
This is probably a fact-finding mission for Willie Mullins given that the six-year-old has entries for the Supreme and the Ballymore at the Cheltenham Festival next month, but the shorter distance should help him settle better and he sets a clear standard on form.
2.10 Leopardstown - Dublin Chase (Grade 1)
El Fabiolo won at this meeting last year but he made a shuddering error four out that day and any frailties in his jumping may get unexposed here.
She has a bit to find on form but Dinoblue has been highly progressive over fences in her last four starts, winning two handicaps before taking her form to a new level in graded company this term.
It was another career best when taking out a Grade 1 at this venue on December 27th and she jumped particularly well on that occasion.
She’s only a seven-year-old and, with the potential of more to come from her, she could be an each-way play at her current odds, especially as she gets 7lb from her male counterparts.