A big Saturday of action sees the start of the first day of the Dublin Racing Festival in Leopardstown, while there is also a Grade 1 Concourse at Sandown and ITV races at Musselburgh and Wetherby on a busy day in Britain.
Read on to get the best of what the trainers have to offer before you compete.
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Saturday: 1.05 Leopardstown
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Willie Mullins, Bronn’s trainer:
“Bronn’s Naas form has worked well. I think this trip will be good for him and I think the experience of his last race will keep him in a good position – he was very green that day and he will be much better here.”
Night price: 13-2
1.35 Leopard City
Spring Junior Hurdle, Grade 1, 2m
Gordon Elliott, Fil Dor Trainer:
“Fil Dor hasn’t done anything wrong so far. He doesn’t do anything fancy and even during his runs he seems to just do what he has to do.”
“I told Dave [Russell] he was worried seeing it last time in Leopardstown, but he told me that when he patted it on the neck it bounced back fine and there was a lot left in the tank which was interesting. He is in good shape and doing well. This is his biggest task yet and Vauban seems the best to beat.”
Night price: 6-4
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Virgin Bet Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase, Grade 1, 2m4f
Paul Nicholls, Pic D’Orhy trainer:
“He hasn’t been the easiest to organize his jumps, but he jumped well at Ascot last time.
“You may have learned from Newbury [where he fell in November when looking the likely winner]. You will love the floor. A normal proving ground wouldn’t have suited him. It will be an interesting race.
“If he jumps well, he should have a good shot. He’s such a big horse that he’s needed all this time to complete his structure and mature. He was always going to be a better horse as he got older.”
Night price: 2-1
The Saturday Banker by Paul Kealy in Musselburgh
3.15 Leopard City
Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup, Grade 1, 3m½f
Henry of Bromhead, trainer of Minella Indus:
“I was a bit shocked when he came back from the truck after King George and he wasn’t himself, but actually now he’s back in great shape and I’m delighted with him. He’s back to himself and I’m really happy.” happy with it anyway.”
Night price: 7-2
Virgin Bet Masters Handicap Chase, 3 minutes
Olly Murphy, trainer of Linelee King:
“He was an unlucky loser at Ayr and he has come off well. We are throwing him into the deep end but he jumps well and has a chance all the way around.”
Night price: 4-1
Read all the advances from Saturday:
3.15 Leopardstown: Irish Gold Cup: Key quotes and analysis of the clash between Frodon, Kemboy and Minella Indo
1.05 Leopardstown: Hollow Games has the most to fear from Minella Crooner, a fast-improving stablemate
1.35 Leopardstown: Fil Dor bid to cement Triumph hopes but Vauban is ‘the one to beat’ says Elliott
2.10 Leopardstown: Blue Lord attempts to fill the void left by Ferny Hollow for Mullins at Irish Arkle
2.20 Sandown: L’Homme Presse and Pic D’Orhy set for Sandown showdown on Scilly Isles
2.30 Wetherby: Lucinda Russell seeks ‘confidence booster’ to get Ahoy Lord back on track
3.30 Sandown: Could circuit specialists be the key to a race with a rich history?
3.45 Musselburgh: Questions about the ground and the jumps: who can give the winning answer?
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FIRST PUBLICATION 7:00 am, FEBRUARY 5, 2022