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Leopardstown Tips - Every race covered on day two of Dublin Racing Festival

  • We take a look through the full card on day two of the Dublin Racing Festival
  • The Irish Gold Cup is the feature race at Leopardstown on Sunday 7th February
  • Quilixios, Master McShee and Latest Exhibition are our tips in the Grade Ones
  • Braeside, Downtown Getaway and Take Tea also feature in our tips
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Monkfish (right) and Latest Exhibition (left) clash again at Leopardstown in the Flogas Novices' Chase. (Getty)

The second and final day at the Dublin Racing Festival features four fantastic Grade One races, including the Irish Gold Cup. Punters also have three big handicaps to sink their teeth into, before a high-quality mares' bumper rounds off the meeting.

Let's jump straight into Sunday's best betting tips at Leopardstown!

Dublin Racing Festival Day Two Schedule


Time
Title
12:55pmMares' Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) 2m2f
1:25pmSpring Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m
1:55pmChanelle Pharma Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m
2:30pmWilliam Fry Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) 3m
3:00pmFlogas Novice Chase (Grade 1) 2m5f
3:30pmPaddy Power Irish Gold Cup (Grade 1) 3m
4:00pmLeopardstown Handicap Chase (Grade A) 2m5f
4:35pmMare's Flat Race (Grade 2) 2m

Leopardstown Tips - Sunday 7th February


Race 1 - Mares Handicap Hurdle Tips


I'm going to take a huge gamble in the opener on Sunday, and back HEAVEN HELP US at a crazy price. Paul Hennessy's mare has been running over fences this season, winning once and was last seen in a Grade One at Leopardstown over Christmas.

During her novice hurdles campaign, Heaven Help Us finished second to Abacadabras in a Grade One, and crossed the line seventh of 15 in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle. She was rated 136 that day, so to see her make her handicap debut off an official mark of just 126 - plus Richard Condon's seven-pound claimer - is a chance I don't want to pass up.

Race 2 - Spring Juvenile Hurdle Tips


Gordon Elliott looks to have a very strong squad of juveniles this term. Zanahiyr heads the Triumph Hurdle betting, and I think QUILIXIOS will be very hard to beat here.

Elliott's recruit has been flawless so far during his short career, winning three times with a combined margin of 45 lengths. A big, powerful juvenile, who will make a high-quality chaser in the coming years. He could be the best of Elliott's four-year-olds.

Race 3 - Chanelle Pharma Novice Hurdle Tips


15 novices have been entered against Appreciate It here. Although the current Supreme Novices' Hurdle favourite looks the most likely winner, I don't fancy backing him a 8/11. I'd rather back MASTER MCSHEE at an each-way price. 

After losing out to Appreciate It by two lengths on debut, Paddy Corkery's star has won twice, including in handicap company at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival. With course, distance and ground form in the book, and scope for further improvement, he makes an appealing case for selection.

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Downtown Getaway (centre) has his first start for Willie Mullins on Sunday. (Getty)

Race 4 - William Fry Handicap Hurdle Tips


Downtown Getaway E/W2:40pm Leopardstown William Fry Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) 3mGET 11/1 HERE
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Damalisque looked a Graded horse running in handicap company when winning at Navan last week, and he'll be competitive again, despite that 12-pound penalty.

I just worry that this extended three-mile trip may be a little too testing, so I'm going to take a risky punt on DOWNTOWN GETAWAY, who's recently moved from Nicky Henderson's yard to Willie Mullins.

Downtown Getaway finished seventh behind Champ in the Sefton at the 2019 Grand National meeting. He only managed to win one of his three starts last season, but there's clearly much more to come from this talented eight-year-old, and Mullins could be the man to help Downtown Getaway reach the peak of his abilities.

Race 5 - Flogas Novice Chase Tips


Latest Exhibition3:10pm Flogas Novice Chase (Grade 1) 2m5½fGET 7/2 HERE
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I'm a huge fan of Monkfish. I backed him to win the Festival Novices' Chase at the start of the season and, despite this slight drop in trip, I think he'll be hard to beat on Saturday.

That being said, there's no point in backing him at 8/11. If LATEST EXHIBITION is going to beat Monkfish, it'll likely be today, and not at the Cheltenham Festival.

There was very little separating the two in both the Albert Bartlett, and again the Neville Hotels over Christmas. I think this distance may suit Latest Exhibition a little better and Bryan Cooper's mount won the Nathaniel Lacy at this meeting 12 months ago. Latest Exhibition is the value bet here.

Race 6 - Irish Gold Cup Tips


Read our full preview of the 2021 Irish Gold Cup to find out who we think is our best bet in Sunday's feature at Leopardstown.

If you plan on watching Sunday's action via your mobile or tablet, then check out our Irish Gold Cup Live Streaming page.

Race 7 - Leopardstown Handicap Chase Tips


Three times during his novice chase campaign, BRAESIDE has clocked RPRs in the low 140s. Gordon Elliott's charge finished a close third behind Pencilfulloflead and Coko Beach at Galway. Braeside then went down fighting to Kavanagh's Corner when giving the winner almost two stone at the weights, and finished just three lengths behind another classy novice in Fils D'Oudairies on his last start at Navan.

Jordan Gainford's claimer will mean Braeside has just 9-8 to shoulder in this wide-open handicap, and Gordon Elliott's seven-year-old should be competitive off an official mark of 133.

Race 8 - Mares Flat Race Tips


Take Tea4:40pm Coolmore N.H. Sires Kew Gardens Irish EBF Mares I.N.H. Flat Race (Grade 2) 2mGET 5/2 HERE
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Willie Mullins trains five of the top six runners in the betting for Sunday's final race, and all five hold an entry in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham. I think Brandy Love is a worthy favourite, but at the odds, TAKE TEA is the one to side with.

Patrick Mullins made the running at Naas on debut. Despite looking green and flashing her tail, Take Tea steadily drew clear of the pack, and was still in second gear as she crossed the line an eleven-length winner.

The runner-up that day has since come out and won, and Take Tea was giving her seven pounds at the weights. She's since been snapped up by JP McManus, and top amateur Derek O'Connor takes the ride on Sunday.
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