After a fantastic day of action at the Dublin Racing Festival on Saturday, the second day looks set to be another scorcher! Eight races await us, including four Grade 1 contests to get stuck into! I’ve taken a look through the Leopardstown card, looking for some bigger-priced selections that can hopefully provide some value. Separate to our horse racing tips, here are my outsiders for Sunday at the DRF!
Great White Shark (50/1)
It’s rare to see a runner of Willie Mullins at 50/1 but that’s the case for the mare GREAT WHITE SHARK. She was a three-mile winner at Wexford in May and had a productive Galway Festival in the summer, latterly when a close third over 2m 7f off a two-pound lower rating.
Her hurdling return over course and distance was a disappointing effort, but that was on softer going and today’s “yielding” description will be much more to her liking. She is capable on softer ground too, but her chances will be greatly increased with only a small amount of rain overnight, which looks likely.
She’s on a workable rating and if benefitting from that recent run, she’s surely got a huge chance of out-running her lofty odds, especially in a race that should be run to suit.
There were only four runners in this race twelve months ago, with BELLSHILL running out a very gutsy winner over Road To Respect. He hasn’t quite been in the same form since, with his jumping letting him down in the Savills Chase over Christmas. There were some positives to take from that performance, and his record fresh is very inconsistent, so he should come on plenty from that run.
He’s versatile in terms of the ground and given his very up and down profile, it would be no surprise to see him bounce back to his very best now he’s race-fit under Patrick Mullins. His best form puts him straight into the picture, and there can be plenty of hope that’ll he show it on the big stage.
Minella Times (33/1)
Getting off the mark over fences at the fifth attempt, MINELLA TIMES was very strong at the finish when scoring at Navan over 2m 4f. He bettered that effort on the figures when second in the Tim Duggan Memorial at Limerick on his latest outing, only beaten three lengths off a three-pound lower rating.
He remains unexposed over fences and a step up in distance should be just what the doctor ordered, especially in a race that should have plenty of pace from the outset. He’s a strong traveller so this sort of contest will suit him down to the ground and with the potential for further progress, he’s potentially overlooked off a workable rating, especially with Hugh Morgan claiming a further seven pounds.