Free Tips For Dublin Racing Festival 2020 Day One
Leopardstown hosts the 2020 Dublin Racing Festival this weekend and day one features some stunning races including the Dublin Chase, ERSG Irish Arkle Novices’ Chase, and the Irish Champion Hurdle.
Check out our trends, analysis, and free tips for the Dublin Racing Festival.
Dublin Chase 2020 Analysis
13:25 at Leopardstown on 1st February
Eight runners are set to line up for the 2020 Dublin Chase over 2 miles and 1 furlong and five of them could easily make up into contenders for next month’s Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. The three that shouldn’t be winning are Castlegrace Paddy, Ordinary World, and Ornua, and I’m also happy to give last year’s Arkle winner Duc Des Genievres a miss on his form so far this season.
Min has won the first two editions of this Grade 1 but has probably run his best races over half a mile further recently. He’s not ruled out but looks the least fancied of the Willie Mullins trio on jockey bookings. Cilaos Emery looks the Mullins second string with Danny Mullins on board and he also can’t be ruled out as tries to extend his unbeaten winning run over fences to four.
But the finish for this race could turn into another battle between Chacun Pour Soi and A Plus Tard, who fought out the finish of another course and distance grade 1 at Christmas. Chacun Pour Soi finished second that day but is fancied to reverse the form this time with the Mullins horses flying. But he’s built his reputation on a 4-length defeat of Defi Du Seuil at Punchestown last year and he could have been flattered by that after DDS had endured a tough race at Cheltenham.
ERSG Arkle Novice Chase 2020 Analysis
14:00 at Leopardstown on 1st February
The Irish Arkle, as this race is commonly referred to, is run over the same course and distance as the preceding Dublin Chase, and there’s a good chance that some of this year’s runners will be running in that race next year.
Willie Mullins again has a quartet of horses set to battle it out against one from each of the Joseph O’Brien and De Bromhead yards. Baupame and Royal Rendezvous look the weakest of the Mullins quartet but Cash Back has looked impressive in beating weaker rivals from the front in two chases this season.
Melon looks the Mullins number one with Paul Townend booked, but the worry is his trainer has said he may be better over further down the line. That certainly looked the case when he was beaten by Fakir D’Oudairies when the pair met on their chasing debuts. Fakir D’Oudairies didn’t jump as well when beaten here at Christmas, when he couldn’t seem to get into a rhythm. His connections have also suggested he may be better over further.
Irish Champion Hurdle 2020 Analysis
15:10 at Leopardstown on 1st February
There’s a case of Deja vous here as Willie Mullins again saddles four runners in a race in which Henry De Bromhead looks the trainer most likely to stand in his way.
Paul Townend stays loyal to Klassical Dream despite his poor performance over course and distance at Christmas. Every drop of rain that falls will probably enhance his chances over those of stablemate Sharjah who would prefer good ground. Saglawy and Aramon have lots to prove.
The 2018 winner Supasundae deserves a mention but it will be disappointing if there isn’t a quicker horse in this line-up. The 2017 winner Petit Mouchoir also lines-up but De Bromhead looks to have better chances with Honeysuckle.