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Sunday Irish Racing Tips: Fast clocker Hell's Kitchen can take valuable prize away

The Dublin Racing Festival started in style yesterday and Tony Keenan has previewed Day Two for betting.betfair.com readers.
The Dublin Racing Festival started in style yesterday and Tony Keenan has previewed Day Two for betting.betfair.com readers.
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It's Day Two of the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown and Tony Keenan has a number of horses to back across a competitive eight-race card...

0.5 Point Back Oscar Knight @ [18.0] or bigger in the Leopardstown 14:25
0.5 Point Place Back Oscar Knight @ [4.6] or bigger in the Leopardstown 14:25
0.5 Point Back Phil’s Magic @ [34.0] or bigger in the Leopardstown 14:25
0.5 Point Place Back Phil’s Magic @ [7.4] or bigger in the Leopardstown 14:25
1 Point Back Invitation Only @ [5.4] or bigger in the Leopardstown 15:00
0.5 Point Back The Storyteller @ [21.0] or bigger in the Leopardstown 15:00
0.5 Point Back Koshari @ [29.0] or bigger in the Leopardstown 15:00

1 Point Back Hell’s Kitchen @ [5.5] or bigger in the Leopardstown 16:10
0.5 Point Back Magic Of Light @ [24.0] or bigger in the Leopardstown 16:10
0.5 Point Place Back Magic Of Light @ [5.5] or bigger in the Leopardstown 16:10

Gordon Elliott went into yesterday with a lead of almost €607,000 in the trainers' championship but managed little more than €20,000 on the day as Willie Mullins won four races and more than €286,000 to leave the betting on the Sportsbook at 8/13 Elliott, 5/4 Mullins. If nothing else, their battle gives us something to follow over the weekend other than the interminable talk of Cheltenham though in fairness to the Dublin Racing Festival it stood on its own feet yesterday.

We had Min beating Yorkhill, the latter not coping with the two-mile trip and perhaps needing Ruby Walsh back, Footpad's continued ascent with an excellent return from Petit Mouchoir, Faugheen being better but not good enough for Supasundae, all topped off with Charles Byrnes winning a major handicap. Byrnes seemed to have little interest in Cheltenham afterwards which puts him in the minority, but we'll see.

The likes of Farclas, Sutton Place and Outlander give Elliott a stronger hand in the graded races today though Samcro is the obvious star turn in the Deloitte. It is worth pointing out that he has had a less than ideal prep for this (off 70 days and missed an engagement at Naas in early-January), drops back to two miles and faces a deep field. I made the case for Duc De Genievres during the week in the belief that Samcro would run elsewhere but I'll likely be going in again place and without the favourite.

Leopardstown 14:25 - Recall may be vulnerable off his break

Like Samcro, Total Recall will be one for the short-priced accumulators but for all that he is obviously well-in on his chase form, the price is tight for a horse whose main target is one of the Nationals in spring. A Great View is the shortest of the McManus horses but while he finished off his race well over course-and-distance last time, he raced lazily down the back and might have benefitted from the pace collapsing a little. The cheekpieces may sharpen him up but at the prices I can look elsewhere.

Oscar Knight is a horse I have history with, not all of it good, but he beat A Great View well at Naas in November in a race that has worked out particularly well. His last run looks dismal but hitting every fence over a three-mile trip will cause you to be beaten over 80 lengths and these hurdles could be more to his liking.

He's overpriced as is Phil's Magic who has not run a bad race in seven starts since joining Tony Martin. A good novice hurdler with Sandra Hughes back in 2015, he looks on a reasonable mark of 123 and while possibly more of a place option, he shouldn't be among the rank outsiders after a good sixth in the Paddy Power.

Leopardstown 15:00 - Punchestown form can prove strong

I mentioned a desire to take on the fancied trio of Sutton Place, Monalee and Al Boum Photo during the week and that opinion stands with the Punchestown race won by Invitation Only my way into this; the problem is the first three from that novice have turned up here which is less than ideal. Still, I'm going to recommend spreading stakes across all three which comes out around [3.85] and that looks a better bet that backing either Sutton Place or Monalee, Al Boum Photo having drifted in the interim.

Invitation Only won the race and is the obvious one; long well-regarded, he finally put things together on his last two chase starts and had a bit in hand last time. Koshari wasn't helped by some patchy jumping, particularly two out as the pace was quickening in a slowly-run affair and he has plenty of scope too after just six career runs. The Storyteller made an even worse mistake at the second last that really should have ended his race but stuck at things well and has long been a horse that looks up to graded class.

Leopardstown 16:10 - Back fast time contenders Hell's Kitchen and Magic Of Light

A possible pace battle is a concern - there are potentially six front-runners in this field - but even so Hell's Kitchen is a horse that stands out on times, both overall and sectionals, on his win at Kempton over Christmas. He looked a different proposition to previous sent to the front and the second Mister Whitaker won a decent race in good style at Cheltenham last Saturday.

Of those at bigger prices, Magic Of Light is interesting. She too has a good time-figure from last time at Thurles and while there is a concern she had a hard race on really testing ground, it could be that she will improve for the run, her first since early-December. Giving seven pounds to Dinaria Des Obeaux was a tough ask and she looks on a fair mark.

2018 P+L: -8.95 points

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