Horse Racing tips: Paddy Power and Niall O’Reilly pick 4 to fly at Down Royal

Paddy and Niall take a look at the Down Royal's Saturday card

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Paddy Power and Niall O’Reilly have cast their eyes over Saturday’s meeting at Down Royal, which will see a couple of familiar names crop up for the first time this Jumps season.

Speaking on the latest episode of our twice-weekly From The Horse’s Mouth podcast, the pair assessed the Ladbrokes Champion Chase – the first Irish Grade 1 of the campaign – before turning their attention to the Lough Construction Ltd. Chase and Samcro’s first run since victory at Cheltenham in March.

Paddy Power

2.25pm – The Storyteller

Some of the horses in this race will have longer-term targets so they will not be fully wound up, while some of the others are aimed at this race as this is their chance to pick up a good Grade 1. Chriss Dream is one of those, but THE STORYTELLER for Gordon Elliott is another.

He has turned into a really consistent horse and only been beaten once since the Galway Plate, when he made a really bad mistake that day. He’s double the price of Chriss Dream, so as much as I see the angle for him – and I’m a Henry de Bromhead fan – The Storyteller is a cracking bit of value.

3.00pm – Easy Game

I still think Samcro has to prove his consistency – he obviously had loads of talent early doors then came back after surgery and did it at Cheltenham in the Grade 1 Marsh Novices’ Chase, but EASY GAME has a run under his belt and beat The Storyteller the last day. If I’m fancying The Storyteller in the big race, then I’ve got to fancy Easy Game here.

 

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Niall O’Reilly

2.25pm – Chriss Dream

I think CHRISS DREAM could win this. If you look at his form from the last two seasons, his best runs came on his reappearance – and they were very good runs as well. He’ll be ridden prominently, he’ll jump well and I just think he might be able to nick this. Delta Work and Presenting Percy potentially have longer-term targets than Chriss Dream, so he’s the one for me. He’s the type of early-season horse that could go well. Robbie Power on board is definitely a big positive for the horse, in terms of getting him jumping. He’s one of the best around.

3.00pm – Samcro

The top three in this race are very interesting ahead of the rest of the season. SAMCRO is the one who will probably have a light enough campaign geared around the Ryanair, and I really think he should be favourite here. He goes well fresh and is just a much better horse than Easy Game so I’m all over him at his current price.

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Down Royal bet summary – Saturday, October 31

Paddy Power
2.25pm – The Storyteller
3.00pm – Easy Game

Niall O’Reilly
2.25pm – Chriss Dream
3.00pm – Samcro

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