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Saturday Horse Racing Tips

Following today’s abandonment at Musselburgh, ITV have managed to secure rights to show three contests from Dublin’s Racing Festival although sadly the cameras are not turned until just after the Grade 1 action from Leopardstown kicks of at 1.25pm with the Irish Champion Hurdle.

BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle     

Apple’s Jade is rightly a warm favourite here, but she may be vulnerable dropping back in trip on what is pretty decent ground. Indeed, her front running tactics may set this up for a speedster and MELON looks the one to back after a satisfactory comeback here at Christmas.

We are also tempted to back FARCLAS each way as last year’s Triumph Hurdle winner look significantly overpriced. He wasn’t that far behind Supasundae on his comeback and the first time cheekpieces he sports today could eek out some improvement.

Melon (win)1.25 Leopardstown11/4Bet365
Farclas (ew)1.25 Leopardstown40/1Bet365


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Ladbrokes Hurdle     

The Ladbrokes Hurdle kicks off the ITV action and it is a really competitive handicap that is sure to be run at a fierce gallop.

That should suit the improving novice, JETEZ, who is a model of consistency and can cope with a further rise in the rates here.

It might also be worth backing his veteran stablemate, JEZKI, who is tumbling down the weights. This former champion hurdler has often run his best race on better ground and should enjoy the way the contest is run too.

URADEL is the potential plot on the handicap and should at least be backed to win to cover stakes on our other selections.

Jetez (ew)2.00 Leopardstown10/1Bet365
Jezki (ew)2.00 Leopardstown33/1William Hill
Uradel (ew)2.00 Leopardstown5/1Betfair


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Ladbrokes Dublin Chase     

The banker of the day is surely MIN in the Ladbrokes Dublin Chase. There are question marks over plenty of his rivals and so the 4/6 on offer this morning actually look reasonable value. Willie Mullins’ star chaser appeared as good as ever when winning over 2m 4f on his comeback and he is by far the best Irish chaser in this category.

Min (win)3.10 Leopardstown4/6Unibet


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888Sport Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase     

Back at home, the ground is likely to be really testing at Sandown and while that shouldn’t stop Buveur D’Air getting back to winning ways in the Contenders Hurdle, it could increase the chance of a surprise in the Scilly Isles at 2.25pm.

With that in mind, we are going to throw a few quid at MULCAHYS HILL, who seemed to be coming back to form at Bangor last time out. A further plus is that he has since had a wind operation and this strong stayer could outrun his odd here for a yard that is in flying form.

Mulcahys Hill (ew)2.25 Sandown16/1Bet365


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888Sport Heroes Handicap Hurdle     

The most valuable race at the Esher circuit is the highly competitive Heroes Handicap Hurdle, which is likely to turn into a real slog given underfoot conditions. That could suit THE HOLLOW GINGE, who is firmly on an upward curve and who seems to have stamina as his forte.

He has a couple of strongly fancied stablemates to overcome, but his biggest danger may prove to be FLEMCARA, who could take another big staying prize for trainer Emma Lavelle. This horse was a respectable ninth in this race last year, but can run off of a 7lbs lower mark this afternoon. Again, he should be staying on strongly when others have cried enough.

The likes of Lungarno Place and Lord Napier are feared, but have their stamina to prove.

The Hollow Ginge (ew)3.00 Sandown20/1Bet365
Flemcara (ew)3.00 Sandown12/1Bet365


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888Sport Masters Handicap Chase     

The action closes with an equally competitive staying chase where top weight Belami Des Pictons looks the class act and the one to beat if back to his best after a long layoff.

However, better value may lie elsewhere and the youngsters CLASSIC BEN and NO HASSLE HOFF look on handy marks.

Don’t rule out Le Reve either as he has won this twice before off of higher ratings.

Classic Ben (ew)3.35 Sandown12/1Bet365
No Hassle Hoff (ew)3.35 Sandown16/1Bet365


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