Horse Racing tips: Paddy Power’s Dublin Racing Festival Saturday selections

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1.05pm – Holymacapony (Each-Way)

I’m going for HOLYMACAPONY, and I’m going to forgive the pulled-up effort the last day as too bad to be true. That suggested something was wrong but Henry de Bromhead is not going to run the horse unless everything is okay. Each-way, why not?

1.35pm – Chacun Pour Soi

CHACUN POUR SOI has to win well, but Min shouldn’t really beat him. However, Min is better than Notebook and the gap between them in the market should be bigger. There might therefore be a bit of value in the without market if you want to have a bet on this race, but Chacun looks like he will be very difficult to beat. I think he’s going to win and go to Cheltenham as a banker.

 

2.10pm – Franco De Port (Each-Way)

Energumene is the most likely winner but the pace of this race could be even quicker than the race at Christmas that FRANCO DE PORT won. He was dead out the back that day and came through and picked up the pieces at a very fast pace. I can’t see him winning, but he could get in the places.

2.45pm – Epson Du Houx

I started with The Shunter but I was really impressed with EPSON DU HOUX. He was visually impressive at Naas and looked very progressive. He’s obviously up in the handicap but Henry de Bromhead is having a cracking season and I think he will be very hard to keep out of the frame.

3.15pm – Honeysuckle

I got stuck into Sharjah last year, against HONEYSUCKLE, and that was very disappointing. I still wonder this year that maybe Sharjah will want a longer trip. Honeysuckle is the one that will like the ground best while I think Saint Roi might be overrated. Abacadabras is a really big price and he has won twice on heavy ground – one was a Grade 1 – while he ran Shishkin to a neck in the Supreme last year. He’s got a big chance, but I’m going with the favourite simply because of the ground.

 

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3.50pm – Blue Sari

I think JP McManus might win this, as he’s got about six runners in it! The Moyglass Flyer is one that Mark Walsh is riding, so maybe that is the choice of those. BLUE SARI obviously has lots of ability but has been disappointing since nearly beating Envoi Allen in the Cheltenham Bumper. None of the horses in this field could get near Envoi Allen so Blue Sari may be absolutely chucked in – if it happens to be going well at home.

4.25pm – Ramillies

I think RAMILLIES is a certainty, because he was so impressive at Christmas. I’m just surprised to see Patrick Mullins on Kilcruit because Ramillies was so good and I just assumed he would be on him. Visually, Ramillies was just so impressive and he’s a great price.

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widget, while in-copy odds are accurate at time of publication but subject to change

Paddy Power’s bet summary – Saturday, February 6

1.05pm – Holymacapony (Each-Way)
1.35pm – Chacun Pour Soi
2.10pm – Franco De Port (Each-Way)
2.45pm – Epson Du Houx
3.15pm – Honeysuckle
3.50pm – Blue Sarri
4.25pm – Ramillies

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