An eight race card awaits on the second day of the Dublin Racing Festival. We saw plenty of drama on day one, let’s try and point you in the direction of a few horses you may wish to back today.
Cerberus (each way)
Aspire Tower is a very short price to make it three hurdle wins in a row here with that in mind it could be worth trying to hunt out an each-way option that could be in the frame to cause a shot should Henry De Brodhead’s horse fail to run his race.
Cerberus at 13/2 looks like one who could fit that bill, last seen finishing second at Chepstow to one of the best Juvenile Hurdlers in the UK he is already a dual winner this season and to my mind looks like one of the candidates who could get closest to Aspire Tower today.
Another grade one which has a top-class field, just the seven does rob us of the three places which is frustrating, the race market is headed by Easywork, Gordon Elliott perhaps isn’t firing some of his top-class novice hurdlers but Easywork has done nothing wrong to date and got the better of second favourite Mt Lenister at Gowran Park.
Whilst he looks the first string on jockey bookings with Townend taking the ride on the course and distance winner it is stablemate Asterion Forlonge that I want to be on at 9/2. Just the one start over hurdles to his name Danny Mullins mount looked a nice type at Thurles jumping well to score.
More will be needed in this grade one today but the fact Mullins pitches him into this level is a big enough hint he could offer value.
The word legend is overused in many content pieces but it is a label befitting of Faugheen. Willie Mullins star twelve-year-old has had a new lease of life going chasing this season. Some were calling for him to retire but again connections have persisted and been rewarded with two wins to date which included smashing Samcro last time out at Limerick.
He is rated just one pound ahead of Battleoverdoyen who steps back down in trip today, that should prove no issue to the seven-year-old who has appeared to have plenty of gears in the past. The younger horse is the one I will be backing letting my head overrule my heart that would love to see Faugheen win.
The final grade one of the Dublin Racing Festival doesn’t prove an easy puzzle to solve, one thing is for sure this race will have ramifications for the Gold Cup market at the Cheltenham Festival.
It is a case of Deja Vu with Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott facing off at the top of the betting with Kemboy and Delta Work respectively. We also have a field boasting Presenting Percy and La Bague Au Roi looking to bounce back. The later was a successful raider at the meeting last year and adds an interesting angle.
Whilst it is an unoriginal selection I am going to side with the favourite Kemboy, Willies horses are seeming to improve from their seasonal returns and you could argue that Delta Work who won that day had the fitness edge.