The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Uradel, (1400 Leopardstown), 2pts win, 5/1 Betfair
On the face of it this is a very competitive handicap. That makes winning machine Wonder Laish’s job hard off a career high. We prefer course winner Jetez, but both may have a mighty job holding off the old firm of Walsh and Mullins with Uradel. He won well at Galway on the flat and still hadn’t been asked a question when brought down 3 out over hurdles there later in the festival. Improved hugely to run a big second in the Cesarewich, and whilst it’s dangerous to read flat form across to hurdles, that would imply he has plenty in hand here. Expect a slowly slowly arrive late Ruby classic.
Magnium, (1250 Leopardstown), 40/1: okay so this is going out on a limb for the first race of the Dublin Festival. In truth, this will be as much of a stamina test as any of these have faced which could upturn the form book. The favourites are maiden winners so there is scope for a surprise. Magnium may not be the most consistent but he has some form that puts him thereabouts, he could enjoy the extra distance, and his stable are always more effective here than anywhere else.
Le Richebourg, (1545 Leopardstown), 2/1: easily the best domestic form after a smooth win here over Christmas. UK challenger Knocknanuss is rated a huge danger by the bookies, but we’d be surprised if he is up to this challenge, and he looks a bit over-rated in the market, making Joseph O’Brien’s favourite relatively good value.
Mind’s Eye, (1620 Leopardstown), 7/1: a fierce looking handicap in which Ruby rides previous blog tip Kildorrey for his dad. He’ll want to do a whole lot better than when left far too much to do last time and rather than blame Ruby for an awful ride we suspect this guy is a bit of a character and so will take a pass. Instead, backing Rachel Blackmore in a first time in a handicap novice for Gigginstown is always a sound policy. Mind’s Eye was a good winner at this track last Christmas and after a good novice win he has run in the background of some grade 1 races. Back in a handicap now he looks attractively weighted.
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