The Daily Yankee:
NAP OF THE DAY: Vauban, (1420 Leopardstown), 2pts win, 7/2:
An interesting hurdle race which should establish which of Willie Mullins’ yard will take on Honeysuckle in February for leading Irish hurdler prior to a distant look at the backside of Constitution Hill come March. Stable jockey Townend has voted for the promising State Man and hence he is odds on, but youngster Vauban has enormous potential to improve and looks the value option.
Seddon, (1200 Leopardstown ), 7/1: was always a fairly useful sort on his day when campaigned in the UK. Has his fourth run for his new trainer but his first handicap chase in Ireland. Won well at Cheltenham last time for this rider and has been potentially leniently treated on translation of his UK mark into Ireland.
Tag Man, (1235 Leopardstown ), 8/1: a maiden hurdle at this meeting usually just means Willie Mullins, but his pair here are on the less scary end of the spectrum. It could be Worthing the de Bromhead trained Tag Man. He made a decent hurdles debut back in November when the yard were struggling for winners. They are now starting to find the target, and if he can show some improvement for that run he could be very competitive in a pretty ordinary race for this meeting.
Gaoth Chuil, (1455 Leopardstown ), 9/1: a tricky race with very few of these having dipped into handicaps before now. Green Glory is from a gambling yard and may have been priced with caution by the bookies. Gaoth Chuil is an interesting mare who came good last time and looks to have gotten a pretty fair rating for her handicap debut and could be better value.
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