A great all-the-way win as predicted for yesterday’s 4/1 nap Luv U Whatever, making 3 winning naps in 5 this month, putting us in good form for Cheltenham.
One of our outside Cheltenham hopes looks even more of an outside hope as he is booked to run at Leopardstown tomorrow, and even if he wins is unlikely to travel for a quick festival repeat.
As such we will be getting stuck into Gordon Elliott’s General Principle in Leopardstown’s 2m5f handicap chase. He was a good novice in a busy season last year, winning twice and culminating in a decent 5th at Fairyhouse in the Irish National.
After some steady efforts over 3 miles, he stepped down to this trip in a big handicap at the Dublin festival. Ridden conservatively by Davy Russell, he made good ground throughout the last half mile around the outside of a big field, before plugging on for a fair 4th.
He was 3/4 of a length behind Uncle Danny that day, but should be able to reverse that form with more forceful tactics.
Blast of Koeman was also a good 4th at that meeting over 2 miles. He has some form at this trip over hurdles, but he isn’t as certain to see it out as our pick.
Drumconnor Lad probably represents a bigger threat stepping out of novice company, but a mark of 130 looks stiff enough.
We were lined up to have a dash at General Principle at huge odds for the Festival Plate, and so will take the opportunity to cash in as he tackles shallower waters here.
Recommendation: General Principle, (1530 Leopardstown), 2pts win, 4/1 Bet365, BetVictor, Unibet.
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