The Dublin Racing Festival was an excellent feast of top class racing. For subscribers to my VG Tips selections service, it was a weekend to remember. 4 winners from 5 selections on Saturday. On Sunday, the day began with a 25/1 winning tip and ended with a 33/1 each way NAP that finished second.
Across the weekend the profitable punts came thick and fast. Winners at 7/4, 15/8, 6/4 and 9/4 on the Saturday. Twenty four hours later we enjoyed winners at 25/1 and 7/4 at Leopardstown, while my one and only tip at Musselburgh, a 9/2 NAP called Fred, also won for members of VG Tips.
In total across the winning weekend in Ireland and the UK, 8 winners from 13 racing tips and 3 each way selections that were placed and returned further profit.
SATURDAY in IRELAND
The Grade 1 Dublin Chase saw us win courtesy of CHACUN POUR SOI. My 7/4 tip to members defied the doubters and came past the post first at SP odds of 6/5, beating his Willie Mullins stablemate Min by three and three quarter lengths. The day just got better and better for my followers and for the best trainer in Ireland.
Next up it was my 15/8 NAP to members that won the Grade 1 Arkle Novice Chase. The Henry de Bromhead trained NOTEBOOK won at SP odds of 5/4. Now unbeaten in four outings over fences, the talented jockey Rachael Blackmore gave Notebook a great ride.
HONEYSUCKLE was our next winner. A 6/4 tip to members the day before racing. Here’s a sample of the analysis they were sent on the Friday:
“They all have to beat the unbeaten Honeysuckle who I am not about to oppose for win purposes. Seven races, Seven wins. The mare takes on some boys here carrying six fewer pounds than her nearest opponent in the weights. Trainer Henry de Bromhead has her entered for the Champion Hurdle and the Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. He’ll make a final decision on which race once he has seen if Honeysuckle can maintain her unbeaten record here up against some hardy opponents.”
The fifth Leopardstown race selected for members on Saturday delivered our fourth winner. APPRECIATE IT was not the favourite when I wrote to subscribers the day before racing. Eric Bloodaxe was. But clearly punters agreed with me regarding the chance of Willie Mullins having another winner via the six year old gelding that had yet to win over two miles. Appreciate It was a very impressive winner. Jockey Patrick Mullins looked very comfortable in the saddle long before home, while the opponents were working hard. A victory so taking on the eye that Appreciate It was cut massively in the betting market for the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival. He is now best price 11/4 favourite for that race on March 11th.
Day two of the Dublin Racing Festival began well when my 25/1 each way tip BLACK TEARS (above) won the Mares Handicap Hurdle. Jockey Davy Russell gave the Gordon Elliott trained mare a patient ride, cleverly taking the rail on the final bend before accelerating away to win the race by two and a half lengths.
In the following race, the Grade 1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle, Aspire Tower fell at the final fence when under pressure to hold on to the lead. The fall left in the clear my 13/2 each way tip Cerberus. But he appeared to hate being left in front and ran out of stamina late on, finishing third and returning us a little placed profit.
Column of Fire, a 13/2 each way tip, also returned a little placed profit when third in the three mile Handicap Hurdle.
The star of the day came next. FAUGHEEN wowed the crowd when winning the Grade 1 Flogas Novice Chase.
The 12 year old turned back the years, beating some much younger opponents to land his second Grade 1 as a steeplechaser, an 11th Grade 1 win in total and his seventeenth win from 25 outings in all types of racing. A 7/4 tip to members, the Willie Mullins trained mare beat home three stablemates. Mullins had the first, second, third and fourth horse home. But the excited crowd only had Irish eyes for one horse. The reception Faugheen received from appreciative followers of the sport was heartwarming. Many a tear was shed.
The final returns on Sunday came from one that definitely goes into my notebook. I suggested to members that they back each way a horse at that stage was priced at 33/1 and that had raced just the once. Politesse was racing in the bumper and was clearly well backed by punters on the day. She went off at 10/1. The mare got better as the race went on and would have won had it been over two furlongs further. Politesse was doing her best work at the finish. Although beaten three and three quarter lengths by a surprising 25/1 winner, it was Politesse who very much caught my eye. Only one bookie has her priced up for the Cheltenham Champion Bumper, at odds of 25/1. I was as pleased with my each way placed returns having taken the early price of 33/1 as I was with any 7/4 winner at Leopardstown.
I am forever saying to those who sign up to VG Tips that, if having read my detailed analysis of races they decide to have a bet; they may as well take the early price. All my racing tips over the weekend, be they winners or those each way tips who were placed, came past the post at shorter SP odds than those which were on offer when they received my tips. So, once again, the early bird punter got the best value.
It was a fantastic weekend of profitable punting at the Dublin Racing Festival for myself and my lovely, loyal members at VG Tips.
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