With the inaugural Dublin Racing Festival nearly upon us here is an early look at the flagship event.
Our Duke heads the market but has much to prove after scoping badly last time at Down Royal. Jessie Harrington’s Irish National winner was an excellent novice but is yet to truly show, in my opinion he is top class. At 7/2 available he the wrong price and is worth taking on.
I will suggest taking him on with Outlander. Gordon Elliot’s charge won the race at Down Royal. He went on to finish 3rd behind Road to Respect, likely to oppose here again. While plenty will argue that the later should uphold that form with Outlander there is simply too much between them in the market. At 14/1 versus a general 7/2 represents a great E/W ante-post bet for a certain runner.
Outlander acts very well around Leopardstown with four wins and a second including 2016 Christmas chase and a grade one novice chase.
Of course, there will be plenty of opposition. Djakadam and Killutagh Vic look set to represent the champion trainer. The former has much to prove based on the last two runs and the latter is priced on reputation more than when he has achieved.
The JP McManus pair, Anibale Fly and Coney Island are interesting in own right. Anibale Fly won a competitive handicap last time while Coney Island put in an excellent performance in a strange race in Aintree.
While arguments can be made for plenty, the strongest is Outlander and is clearly priced incorrectly.
Selection: Outlander 1pt E/W 14/1 Ladbrokes and Coral