Betting Preview: Dublin Racing Festival 6-7th Feb 2021
There would have been disappointment last weekend, as the final big meeting in the United Kingdom before the Cheltenham Festival was called off in the Cotswolds. However, ITV Racing will certainly be making up for that this weekend, as there will be live coverage of the Dublin Racing Festival from Leopardstown.
Dublin Racing Festival Saturday Betting
Ladbrokes Dublin Chase (Grade 1)
The first of the two Grade 1s from Leopardstown on Saturday comes in the form of the Ladbrokes Dublin Chase. This race is run over two miles and a furlong, and has been a Grade 1 contest since 2019. Recent winners of the race will once again be the ones to keep an eye on, as Min and Chacun Pour Soi are the outstanding contenders.
Chacun Pour Soi is the obvious pick in the race, having ended Min’s two-year winning run last year. The nine-year-old has been in excellent form since the start of 2020, and has won on all three starts. His last win came at Leopardstown at the end of December, as he beat Notebook. Min has enjoyed a resurgence over the past 12 months or so, and will be a close second behind the market favourite.
Chanelle Pharma Irish Champion Hurdle (Grade 1)
The other Grade 1 on ITV Racing from Leopardstown on Saturday is the Chanelle Pharma Irish Champion Hurdle. This race will give a good indicator of a horse to watch out for in the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle at the Festival next month.
Like the other Grade 1 on Saturday, it is incredibly difficult to see past the favourite Honeysuckle. The Henry De Bromhead-trained horse has won on all ten previous runs, with her most recent success coming at Fairyhouse in November. The seven-year-old will be the NAP of the day for many, and it is incredibly hard to see her faltering on her road to reclaiming her Cheltenham title.
Dublin Racing Festival Sunday Betting
Chanelle Pharma Novice Hurdle (Grade 1)
The Grade 1 action on Sunday gets underway with the Chanelle Pharma Novice Hurdle. This race will be run over two miles, and will feature a number of the horses that will be making the trip across the border to compete at the Cheltenham Festival. Previous winners of the Novice Hurdle include Klassical Dream and Samcro.
Appreciate It has excellent form at Leopardstown, as he has won on all three starts at the track. His last win came at the end of December, as he beat Irascible by nine lengths. The seven-year-old will be good value to continue that perfect record at the track. Ballyadam may also be worth a second look, after disappointing last time out in that same race. Before that defeat, the six-year-old had won three from four starts.
Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup (Grade 1)
The most exciting Grade 1 of the weekend will come on Sunday afternoon, as Delta Work looks for a second straight Irish Gold Cup. Kemboy will be looking to go one better from that showing, as he finished second behind the eventual winner 12 months ago. Whoever wins the race will be looking to become the fourth horse to win the Irish Gold Cup and Cheltenham Gold Cup in the same year. Sizing John last achieved the feat in 2017.
Minella Indo will be the favourite in the betting for the Irish Gold Cup, but will be looking to recover after falling last time out. Kemboy was excellent in this race 12 months ago, and could be a good thing for gamblers. Melon has so often finished second throughout his career, and this could be his chance to enter the winners’ enclosure. However, we like the look of The Storyteller for an each-way chance. His form over three miles has been consistent, as he has won two from three over the distance in the past year.