Dublin Racing Festival Day 1 Betting Tips

Dublin Racing Festival day 1 betting tips for February 2 on Betting.org make Min the NAP on this stellar seven-race card at Leopardstown in the Grade 1 Dublin Chase. Gordon Elliott’s top class mare Apple’s Jade gets weight all-round in the Grade 1 Irish Champion Hurdle, so rates out next best bet. Tudor City, meanwhile, looks weighted to go well and appeals as an each-way bet in the ultra-competitive Ladbrokes Hurdle. For more on these horses, read our detailed Dublin Racing Festival day 1 betting tips for February 2 below.

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Min
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Min impossible to oppose in Dublin Chase

Min looks a worthy odds-on favourite to land back-to-back runnings for the Grade 1 Dublin Chase on the opening day of Dublin Racing Festival over 2m 1f at Leopardstown on Saturday (15:10). This Willie Mullins trained eight-year-old is a top class chaser who has won eight of his 13 starts over the larger obstacles and is unbeaten in three starts over course and distance.

The son of Walk In The Park was ultra-impressive in this 12 months ago when traveling powerfully throughout and bounding clear after the last to easily beat Simply Ned by 12 lengths. It was a very commanding performance and Min backed it up with a fine second of nine to the awesome Altior in the Grade 1 Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Min was going as well as anything three from home but, after getting headed at approaching the last, weakened in the final 130 yards to be beaten seven lengths. Although no match for the easy winner, who is on course to be one of the best two-mile chasers ever, it was still a very solid performance and form which sets a very high standard in this.

Last year’s win and John Durkan display set standard

The selection also ran well when beaten just a neck by Politologue in a Grade 1 at Aintree’s Grand National meeting, before rounding off the campaign with a laboured display when fourth to stable Un De Sceaux in a Grade 1 at the Punchestown Festival.

That run appeared to be one too many for Min in a short space of time, but he looked as good as ever ever on seasonal reappearance at Punchestown in December when beating JLT heroine Shattered Love by 1 1/2 lengths in the Grade 1 John Durkan over 2m 4f. Despite running out of gas late on and shaping as if needing the run, he still resumed winning ways.

Min looks sure to strip much fitter for that, while an official rating of 167 gives him 9lb and upwards in hand on his five rivals. It makes this look his for the taking granted a clear round and therefore impossible to oppose. That’s we had had to be the best bet in our Dublin Racing Festival day 1 betting tips.

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Apple’s Jade the one to be on in Irish Champion Hurdle

In the Grade 1 Irish Champion Hurdle (13:25), Apple’s Jade can capitalise on a handy sex allowance to provide trainer Gordon Elliott with his first winner of the prestigious 2m contest. This seven-year-old mare carries the famous maroon and white colours of leading Irish owners Gigginstown House Stud and is a prolific win machine having landed 12 of her 19 starts over the obstacles.

Nine of those have come at the highest level and Apple’s Jade is unbeaten in three starts this season. After brushing aside Jezki by 11 lengths in a Grade 2 at Navan, the daughter of Saddler Maker slammed Supasundae, who won this last year and re-opposes, by 20 lengths in the Grade 1 Hatton’s Grace Hurdle over 2m 4f at Fairyhouse.

Unbeaten this season

Apple’s Jade has since bolted up by 25 lengths in the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle over 3m at this venue, where she made all and simply drew further and further clear to win doing cartwheels. She now drops back down to 2m for the first time since being beaten a nose in the 2016 Fighting Fifth at Newcastle, but is a versatile sort and it should not inconvenience her.

Indeed, she is 1-1 over course and distance, and is also rated just 2lb behind main market rival Melon from whom she receives 7lb. That sex allowance puts her 5lb clear of that rival on adjusted ratings and makes her the one to beat. There is also every chance that Apple’s Jade will get an uncontested lead and, with no stamina doubts, that will enable regular pilot Jack Kennedy to set his own fractions and make this a true test.

If that proves to be the case, then she is going to be very hard to peg back and pass, so we had no hesitation in making Apple’s Jade our next best bet on this sensational seven-race card featuring four Grade 1 contests. She is another of our Dublin Racing Festival day 1 betting tips.

Tudor City a tasty each-way play in big betting handicap hurdle

The big betting race is the Ladbrokes Hurdle (14:00) and, in a typically fierce and wide-open renewal of the 2m handicap in which 19 are set to go to post, Tudor City looks weighted to go well at double figure odds at the time of writing. This seven-year-old hails from the yard of the shrewd Tony Martin who loves nothing better than to lay one out for a big pot like this.

This son of Yeats ran very well in this race 12 months ago when a keeping on 7 3/4 lengths fifth of 20 to Off You Go off a mark of 129 and now meets that rival on 16lb better terms, so that should be enough to see him turn the tables this time around.

Well-handicapped on run behind Wonder Laish

Tudor City also ran a cracker two starts back when finding Wonder Laish only half-a-length too good in a 21-runner affair at Fairyhouse, where his pilot Robbie Colgan dropped his whip on the run-in.

But for that it would have been a close run affair between the pair, so given that Tudor City now enjoys a 5lb swing in the weights with Charles Byrnes’ charge – who heads the betting – it makes him a leading player from a handicapping perspective off what looks a handy mark of 133.

Denis O’Regan, who now takes over in the saddle, is also the ideal partner for a hold-up type like Tudor City as he’s renowned for his switch them off and deliver late tactics. There is also no doubt that this will race will have been on Martin’s radar for some time, so everything looks in place for a big run and he completes our Dublin Racing Festival day 1 betting tips.

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