Thursday Tipster – Leopardstown & Limerick

Leopardstown

Nap of the meeting – Bacardys (3.35)

12.15 – Francin – attheraces.com Maiden Hurdle – Win

Francin is twice a winner on the Flat in his native France and is likely to be another Christmas winner for Willie Mullins who had mixed fortunes here yesterday. The race has a fair look to it and perhaps Daybreak Boy can build on a promising jumping debut at Cork early last month to chase the selection home ahead of Flawless Escape and Jetez.

Exacta – 8-6 (Francin/Daybreak Boy)

Trifecta – 8-6-7 (Francin/Daybreak Boy/Flawless Escape)

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Danny Mullins – Thursday At Leopardstown & Limerick

After winning with Sympa Des Flos yesterday Danny gives us the lowdown on his rides today at Limerick and picks some runners to watch at Leopardstown.

My Rides At Limerick

1.40 – Cube Veteran’s H’cap Chase 2m 6f

I ride By The Banks for Bill Lanigan here. He’s been off the track for 407 days but he has some nice form. The big question about this horse is the layoff and whether he will be fit enough on his comeback run to win here. If you look back on his form last year he was behind some decent horses such as Hard Bough and Tisamystery who have won recently. The form is good enough to win but the obvious question mark is his fitness. He will need to be on his A game if he is to win down in Limerick with the ground the way it is. 2m 6f will take a bit of getting on this ground but if he’s fit enough then he has a good chance. The one to beat in this race is Some Drama but he has issues with his jumping and he’ll need to jump well to win. Toushan is another who is a good horse on his day but he also has issues with jumping.

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Danny Mullins – Wednesday At Leopardstown

1.15 – Paddy’s Rewards Club Chase Grade 1 2m 1f

Min is in good shape and he looks great at home. His performance at Gowran was very good considering he was off for quite a while. The race turned out to be nothing more than a canter around for him really and it was just good to see him back on the track. It showed that there were no ill effects after his lay off. He won at this meeting last year, the Novice Grade 1 on the first day of the festival and he went on to miss the Spring of course after that. His return showed us that he still maintains a lot of ability and Willie is pleased with him. The return to Leopardstown will suit him seeing as he’s a course winner over fences and I think it will take a very good horse to beat him. Continue reading “Danny Mullins – Wednesday At Leopardstown”

Danny Mullins – Tuesday At Leopardstown

Jockey Danny Mullins talks us through his rides and fancies on Day 1 of the 2017 Leopardstown Festival:

 

12.15 – Horse & Jockey Hotel M’dn H’dle 2m

I ride Debuchet in this race who of course is trained by my mother Mags, he’s a horse who did very well last season and he’s one to look forward to here. We wanted to get him out a bit sooner but he had a small wind operation which, although was fairly minor, it was definitely a setback. At the moment at home we’re very happy with him and although he’s fit and ready he’s going to improve from the run which most horse do after their first outing of the year. Willie’s horse Antey will put it up to him though. He’s owned by Rich Ricci and he works very well in Willie’s yard, he ran in a couple on the flat in France and he looks good but I’m very hopeful that Debuchet can step up and win for me here as he has plenty of ability.

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Tuesday Tipster- Leopardstown, Limerick & Down Royal

Leopardstown

 

Nap of the meeting – Death Duty (2.20)

12.15 – Debuchet – Horse & Jockey Hotel Maiden Hurdle – Win

A few nice types on show here and perhaps the smart bumper performer Debuchet will be best. Over hurdles for the first time, he is chosen ahead of Manamite and the more experienced Cask Mate. They dead-heated for second place at Cork but the former might just be open to more improvement. Antey is obviously worth a second look.

Exacta – 5-12 (Debuchet/Manamite)

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My Racing Story: Dylan Robinson

After a frustrating summer with injury it’s great to be back amongst the winners and I have my boss, Henry De Bromhead, to thank for that. I’m based with Henry full time now and he has shown plenty of faith in me to put me back up on some good horses and it’s thanks to him that I’ve been able to get five winners since I got back.

In June I fractured and dislocated my wrist in a fall at Tipperary and that ruled me out for five months. Initially I wasn’t expecting to be out for that long but it just took a while to come right and it needed a lot of physio work and a lot of patience to get it right again and get the strength back into it. That was a tough time. The racing was hard to watch when you are edging to get back.   Continue reading “My Racing Story: Dylan Robinson”

Sean Houlihan – Christmas Racing in the UK

Starting Off Christmas With a Winner

The busy Christmas period got off to a great start for me yesterday with a winner at Towcester on a horse for Bob Buckler called Ballyegan. It was great to get another winner on the board and it sets me up nicely heading into Christmas week. I rode Ballyegan a few times before and I won a P2P on him in February so I knew all about him. It was great to get a winner for Mr. Buckler because he has been very good to me and to reward him with a winner on a horse that he trains and owns himself is brilliant. Ballyegan is one of his favourite horses and that made it all the better. Ballyegan is seen as more of a pet than a racehorse in the yard to be honest and although he’s not getting any younger, he’s twelve now, he still retains plenty of ability and he has won plenty races for the Buckler’s so he’s a real favourite.

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Keith Andrews – The 2017/18 Premier League Season So Far

Manchester City’s Dominance

It’s clear to see just how well Manchester City have been doing so far this season and the lead they have at the top of the Premier League is well deserved. They’re ahead of every other team in the history of the league at this stage of the season so that says it all. They’ve been totally dominant so far and they’re a joy to watch. They’re still unbeaten and considering the opposition they’ve faced in recent weeks, it’s an incredible achievement so far. They dispatched Manchester United and Spurs in the last week with relative ease and they seem to be getting better. At this stage of the season, there hasn’t been a more impressive team and that includes the Arsenal team that went the entire season unbeaten in 2003/2004.

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