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Saturday Horse Racing Tips

There’s a feast of top class action across the British Isles today with Dublin’s new racing festival taking centre stage. It really is a stellar card and the two big races have a similar to look to them. Both have Willie Mullins stars looking to redeem their reputations and the main challengers to them come from the same yard.

Coral Dublin Chase     

In the Dublin Chase, we think MIN is a good bet to overturn Yorkhill. This is a major drop in trip for the favourite and it will really have to bring out the best in him for him to overturn Min. His jumping will also have to be spot on and if it is erratic as it has been on recent occasions he’ll have no chance.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Min (win)1.45 Leopardstown5/2Paddy Power

All odds quoted are subject to change

BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle     

Faugheen looks the stronger of the Mullins hotpots and he should win the Irish Champion Hurdle if he can re-create his recent form on the gallops now back on the track. However, he ran so poorly last time out that it will be a brave man who backs him at even money and the fast improving MELON looks a great bet against him. The first time hood and flatter track should play to his strengths.

With doubts over the favourite and last year’s Triumph Hurdle winner, Defi Du Seuil, something could easily hit the frame at a big price and the one we like is BAPAUME,  who didn’t stay the trip when travelling well for a long way in a 3m contest here over Christmas. He is narrowly preferred to Supasundae as the each way option.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Melon (win)3.30 Leopardstown3/1Bet365
Bapaume (ew)3.30 Leopardstown22/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Cotswold Chase     

It is a big day for the Mullins yard and we think his banker could turn out to be FOOTPAD who can account for Petit Mouchoir in the Arkle. He has looked the best two mile novice chaser in training this season and can cement that reputation here before heading to Cheltenham.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Footpad (win)2.20 Leopardstown8/15Betfair

All odds quoted are subject to change

Coral Sandyford Handicap Chase     

There are two massive betting heats on the Leopardstown card too and the stand out bet could be KILFENORA in the two mile chase at 2.55pm. He represents connections that have to be feared in these contests and he has shown enough to suggest he is handicapped to win this if his jumping holds up.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Kilfenora (ew)2.55 Leopardstown10/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

bet365 Edinburgh National Handicap Chase    

From Ireland to Scotland, and Musselburgh also stages one of its biggest cards of the year, where the main betting heat is the Edinburgh National.

Dancing Shadow won this for us last year, but this season’s renewal looks tougher and a horse like Southfield Theatre would be able to pick these up and carry them if he were back to anything like his best.

The fact that we are tempted to back him because he has Bryony Frost on board shows what an impact she is having on the campaign, but preference is for MISSED APPROACH in the hope that he is over his exertions in a grade 3 at Warwick last time out. He ran well for a long way that day and the better ground here should help him as he was an outstanding second on similar ground in the National Hunt Chase at last season’s Festival.

Now back on better ground, BALLYMALIN could be the main danger and Nigel Twiston-Davies has won many a national with a well handicapped novice. This horse has the first time visor to help him today.

Bells ‘N’ Banjos and Looking Well are others to consider.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Missed Approach (ew)3.15 Mussleburgh11/2Bet365
Ballymalin (ew)3.15 Mussleburgh12/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

bet365 Scottish Future Champions Novices’ Chase   

Bet of the day at the Scottish circuit is PETER THE MAYO MAN in the Future Champions Novices’ Chase.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Peter The Mayo Man (win)1.30 Musselburgh9/4Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Towton Novices’ Chase    

There’s a top novice chase at Wetherby today as well and their contest does make it onto ITV4.

We’ve been singing the praises of Nigel Hawke as an up and coming trainer to follow for a while now and his fast improving mare, PEARL ROYALE, looks the value here. The step up in trip should suit her and she has form on this ground.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Pearl Royale (ew)2.40 Wetherby5/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Betfred Heroes Handicap Hurdle    

Last, but by no means least, is the Sandown card, which is the cornerstone of the terrestrial TV coverage. Pick of the races from a punting perspective are the two handicaps at 3.00pm and 3.35pm.

First up are the staying hurdlers and having already earmarked TOPOFTHEGAME as a horse to follow we can’t dessert him here. He ran well in a similar race at Kempton recently and the stiffer track and longer trip today should really suit him.

There are plenty to consider amongst those at bigger prices too and given the trainer’s record around here we can’t ignore Gary Moore’s UBAK. He’s been out of form for a while, but this a big drop in class and he has won off this mark before.

Buywise is also interesting after he got back to winning ways in a big veterans’ chase here last time out. He reverts to hurdles on a much lower mark and partnering him with Leighton Aspell might have proven the key to him.

However, OKOTOKS may be even less exposed and his new yard has had time to work him out after his move from Ireland.

Folsom Blue is another to consider and Betfair are offering 5 places each-way.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Topofthegame (ew)3.00 Sandown9/2Betfair
Ubak (ew)3.00 Sandown25/1Betfair
Okotoks (ew)3.00 Sandown25/1Betfair

All odds quoted are subject to change

Betfred Mobile Masters Handicap Chase   

Finally, the staying chase at 3.35pm looks set to be dominated by Charlie Longsdon. Of his pair, we narrowly prefer BALLYDINE, who is a novice pitched into a handicap company form the first time.

Loose Chips, who is at the opposite end of his career, is a big threat on a course he loves, but we can’t ignore old VINO GRIEGO, who’s another Gary Moore runner. He has won over course and distance and showed there is life in the old dog yet at Lingfield two starts ago. He is dangerously well handicapped on his old form.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Ballydine (ew)3.35 Sandown5/1Bet365
Vino Griego (ew)3.35 Sandown22/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change