Faugheen showed his enduring class with a thrilling victory in the Flogas Novice Chase at the Dublin Racing Festival. The 12-year-old joint favourite, ridden by Paul Townend, held off Easy Game by just half a length to the delight of the Dublin crowd.
Following his 17th win out of 25 races, and an impressive 11th Grade One success, we cut his odds from 7/1 into 6/1. Olly Murphy had his first Grade One winner in the Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase and is into 12s to win the Marsh Novices.
Rachael Blackmore won the Arkle Novice Chase on Henry De Bromhead star Notebook – prompting us to cut the horse into 3/1 from 4s to win the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy. Cash Back is now 7s in from 10s.
Min came home in second place after chasing home stablemate Chacun Pour Soi on Saturday, but the Willie Mullins-trained Min remains our 4/1 favourite for the Ryanair Chase on March 12th.
Speaking of which, Chacun Pour Soi is now into 3/1 to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase. On Saturday, the 6-5 favourite, ridden by Paul Townend, had three and three-quarters lengths to spare from Min at the Dublin Racing Festival and looks in good shape.
Paul Nolan’s Latest Exhibition relished the step up in trip to win the Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors “50,000 Cheltenham Bonus For Stable Staff” Novice Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival.
We’ve responded by cutting the seven-year-old into 13/2 from nearly twice that price.
Asterion Forlonge bridged the gap from maiden company to Grade One class with little fuss to win the Chanelle Pharma Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown. Now into 9/2, from 16/1, to win the Supreme Novices Hurdle that opens the 2020 Festival on March 10.
One thing to be aware of if you’re considering an ante-post play is that the Willie Mullins trained runner is now vying with the same owner’s Shishkin at the head of the Supreme market and could be diverted to the Ballymore Novices Hurdle a day later.
Delta Work added the Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup to his victory in the Savills Chase and is now into 6/1 from 8/1 – to make it a double gold rush. He may have to do it with a different jockey though as Jack Kennedy broke his leg in a fall on the same day at the Dublin track. Davy Russell looks the obvious replacement for Kennedy, having guided him to victory at the Punchestown Festival as a novice last season – but he’s set to ride Presenting Percy. So who gets the call?
The Joseph O’Brien trained A Wave Of The Sea won a dramatic Tattersalls Ireland Spring Juvenile Hurdle after favourite Aspire Tower fell at the final flight.
Aspire Tower is now out to 8/1 to win the Triumph Hurdle run on the final day of the Festival while A Wave Of The Sea is available at 16/1.
Honeysuckle is now into second favourite for the Champion Hurdle after Rachael Blackmore steered the mare to a thrilling Irish Champion Hurdle victory.
This was an eighth straight win as she recovered from a mistake at the last to just hold off the fast-finishing Darver Star of Gavin Cromwell’s.
*Prices are correct at time of publishing but are ante-post prices and entries can change until the final declaration stage.