One of the biggest days in the racing calender for Paddy Power today with the Paddy Power Chase 3pm taking centre-stage at Leopardstown.
The two were are keen to keep onside are De Name Escapes Me, who has been in tremendous form this season and is running here off a mark 10lbs lower than his hurdles mark and Borice who is making his first start for Gordon Elliott after arriving from France.
He was running in graded races in France, so a mark of 137 may underestimate him.
Elsewhere on the Leopardstown card, the Graded Chase at 1.15 sees Footpad return after his disappointing run at Naas. We think he has a bit to prove and are prepared to take him on. However, we’re leaving ourselves open for a caning also as our money back all losers special also applies if the Willie Mullins-trained runner wins.
The one we are keeping onside is stablemate Great Field, who is likely to go hard from the front and potentially put Footpad’s jumping under pressure.
The Welsh National at Chepstow 2.50pm is the highlight in the UK later and Irish challenger Baie Des Iles and the Robbie Dunne-ridden Kansas City Chief are the two that have decent each way chances.
BDI has been running in graded races in France and looks fairly treated off a mark of 144 and relishes soft ground while Kansas City Chief was a useful chaser in Ireland but has been campaigned solely over hurdles since switching to Neil Mulholland’s yard last year
This would look to have been the plan for quite a while and his owner, Tony Bloom, is notorious for laying one out for a long term plot.
Earlier on the Chepstow card at 1.05pm, Venetia Williams looks to extend her remarkable record in the race with Calipto, having trained the winner five times in the past six years, . He would look fairly treated on his best form and could go off an each-way price.
Altior will be the star attraction at Kempton, but Momella rates the best bet of the day, returning to handicap company. She was still travelling strongly when falling two out in the Grade 2 against the boys at Newbury which suggests a mark of 142 is well within her grasp.