The Hennessy Gold Cup Chase is the feature of what is sure to be a thrilling day of racing in Leopardstown on Sunday.
Hennessy Gold Cup Betting Tips
The legendary Tidal Bay will take on First Lieutenant, Last Instalment and four other top class chasers as he bids to become the first 13-year-old winner of the Hennessy Gold Cup.
Bryan Cooper will be aboard the favourite First Lieutenant for the Gigginstown yard and he can be backed at 5/2 best price with Boylesports. After a superb second in this year’s renewal of the Lexus behind Bobsworth, he is very much in the form of his life for this.
Paul Nicholls’ former Lexus winner Tidal Bay proved he can still compete with the best, when finishing only 3/4 of a length behind Mountainous and Hawkes Point around 3m5f in the Welsh National at Chepstow when carrying 26lb more than the pair.
Bet365 offer 3/1 for the horse that won so impressively over this course and distance in the Lexus last year. The main issue will be whether the ground is heavy enough, with the verdict currently soft to heavy. The 13-year-old will need the ground as heavy as possible, therefore rain through Saturday night and into Sunday will put him very much in contention.
Last Instalment ran well on his return to action for the first time in two years when finishing behind Texas Jack at Thurles and can improve and reverse that result here. Lyreen Legend represents decent value at 5/1 with most leading firms.
Leopardstown Betting Tips
Ivan Grozny and Plinth are set to face off once again in the Juvenile Hurdle, a race which was won by the Champion Hurdle hopeful, Our Conor last year.
A P O’Brien’s four-year-old beat Mullins’ 10/11 favourite by a neck last time the two faced off and there is no reason to argue against him repeating that result on Sunday. The favourite has since won cosily at Naas, however this will again be tougher which indicates that McCoy’s ride is the better option.
Guitar Pete won easily at Leopardstown over Christmas and seems to be improving with every run. The generous odds of 7/1 represent good each-way value for a horse who is sure to trouble the favourites.
Philip Fenton saddles The Tullow Tank in the Grade 1 Deloitte Novice Hurdle, as he looks to make it five straight wins. The six-year-old favourite is best price 6/5 with Coral and having already won two races at this level, is likely the best option.
Vautour is behind The Tullow Tank in the betting, with Boylesports offering odds of 7/4. He has been impressive since arriving from France and won a decent Grade 2 at Punchestown last time.
Quickpick Vic and Azorian both represent decent value, however the favourite is a solid option for what is sure to be another intriguing race.
Although the Novice Chase has only three entries, it is sure to be one of the trickiest and exciting contests of the day.
DON COSSACK is the short 6/5 favourite, with Ballycasey at 2/1 and Carlingford Lough 3/1. The favourite beat the latter at Fairyhouse, however John Kiely’s entry went on to win a 3m Grade 1 shortly after.
Ballycasey is the Mullins’ entry, and he will be hoping for a similar performance to that of Boston Bob’s in the race last year. Ballycasey beat Mount Colah over a trip far too short on his fence debut at Navan and will surely make this a thriller.
Nina Carberry is aboard On The Fringe in the penultimate race on the card, before finishing with On Your Eoin in the last. Both entries warrant much respect and may be worth a punt.
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