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Timeform Shortlist: Leopardstown, Sunday February 4

Will Gordon Elliott's string be amongst the winners again?
Will Gordon Elliott's string be amongst the winners again?
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Timeform's free Shortlist comes from Leopardstown's Dublin Racing Festival on Sunday.

"...can't have been right on his Down Royal return and is worth another chance as he'd looked set for the top this term when hacking up in the Irish National last spring..."

12.40 Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Paddy Mullins Mares Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) 2¼m

Analyst's Verdict:
Contingency may be the best of the Willie Mullins team here if she can handle the drop back in trip with a fast run race almost a necessity to see her successful. That seems more than likely in this field, though Alletrix will be snapping at her heels in the finish, as will Lady Buttons who may well have more to offer.

Timeform Top Rated:
158 17. ALLETRIX Mrs J. Harrington Robbie Power
153 5. CANELIE Harry Fry D. J. McInerney (5)
152 4. JUST JANICE John E. Kiely Davy Russell


1.15 Tattersalls Ireland Spring Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m

Analyst's Verdict:
Espoir d'Allen looks very much the standout performer in this division in Ireland so far this season and can record his first Grade 1. Farclas was an excellent second behind the selection on hurdling debut here on Boxing Day and can pose the biggest threat again.

Timeform Top Rated:
161p 1. ESPOIR D'ALLEN Gavin Patrick Cromwell Barry Geraghty
154p 2. FARCLAS Gordon Elliott J. W. Kennedy
153p 4. MR ADJUDICATOR W. P. Mullins P. Townend


1.50 Deloitte Novice Hurdle (Brave Inca) (Grade 1) 2m

Analyst's Verdict:
Samcro has looked right out of the top drawer over hurdles so far, and is taken to maintain his unbeaten record en route to the Festival. Sharjah is worthy of plenty of respect and may prove the main threat ahead of Real Steel.

Timeform Top Rated:
162P 2. SAMCRO Gordon Elliott J. W. Kennedy
158p 10. SHARJAH W. P. Mullins P. Townend
157p 9. REAL STEEL W. P. Mullins Mr P. W. Mullins


2.25 William Fry Handicap Hurdle (Glencullen) (Grade B) 3m

Analyst's Verdict:
Total Recall won over fences last time out off a handicap mark twenty-two pounds higher and if he can transfer that form to hurdles he will clearly take all the beating here for the in-from Willie Mullins stable. Lite Duties impressed at Cork and can only improve for his first run in two years and could be the one for the forecast, leaving Shantou Bob as a tentative suggestion for third.

Timeform Top Rated:
164 11. TOTAL RECALL W. P. Mullins P. Townend
163 7. A GREAT VIEW Denis W. Cullen Barry Geraghty
162 14. PHIL'S MAGIC A. J. Martin Donagh Meyler


3.00 Flogas Novice Chase (Scalp) (Grade 1) 2m5f

Analyst's Verdict:
Invitation Only can take his seat at the top table with victory in what looks a spectacular Grade 1 full of some of the most exciting chasers in Ireland. Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott between them saddle all bar 2 of the runners but Monalee for Henry de Bromhead looks a key player. Sutton Place wasn't spectacular at Fairyhouse last month but looks sure to progress in this sphere.

Timeform Top Rated:
165p 6. MONALEE Henry de Bromhead Noel Fehily
163p 9. SUTTON PLACE Gordon Elliott Barry Geraghty
162p 4. INVITATION ONLY W. P. Mullins P. Townend


3.35 Unibet Irish Gold Cup (Grade 1) 3m

Analyst's Verdict:
Our Duke can't have been right on his Down Royal return and is worth another chance as he'd looked set for the top this term when hacking up in the Irish National last spring. Outlander bounced straight back from a blip in the Betfair when third here over Christmas and should go well again, while Anibale Fly is well worth his place at this level after his Paddy Power win here last time.

Timeform Top Rated:
177 8. OUR DUKE Mrs J. Harrington Robbie Power
176 10. VALSEUR LIDO Henry de Bromhead Sean Flanagan
176 9. OUTLANDER Gordon Elliott J. W. Kennedy


4.10 Chanelle Pharma Handicap Chase (Leopardstown) (Grade A) 2m5f

Analyst's Verdict:
Hell's Kitchen has always had plenty of potential and finally lived up to expectations last time with a cosy front-running win at Kempton. If he can get a soft lead he can repeat that victory here from Polidam who will be a lot happier dropped to this trip, though Gwencily Berbas could also have a say at these weights.

Timeform Top Rated:
171 2. POLIDAM W. P. Mullins P. Townend
168p 3. HELL'S KITCHEN Harry Fry Barry Geraghty
166+ 16. VIEUX MORVAN Joseph Patrick O'Brien J. J. Slevin

4.40 Coolmore N.H. Sires Irish European Breeders Fund Mares I.N.H. Flat (Deep Run) (Grade 2)

Analyst's Verdict:
Colreevy justified her tall reputation at Fairyhouse on debut and can find the required improvement to beat Cordovan Brown and Motown Girl.

Timeform Top Rated:
119 5. MOTOWN GIRL Ms Margaret Mullins Mr R. Deegan
118p 3. CORDOVAN BROWN Miss Elizabeth Doyle Mr F. Maguire
116p 4. GETAWAY KATIE MAI John Queally Miss N. Carberry

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