Cheltenham Pointers following the Dublin Racing Festival
The Dublin racing festival as expected provided some stunning racing across the two days, despite the troubles with the ground. It fits into the calendar perfectly for connections, so is likely going to be a well-supported event moving forward. Punters used tons of online slot reviews to get the best offers available, in what was a very informative two days. There were several winners from the 2018 edition who went on to land the spoils at the Cheltenham festival, so which winners should be followed this time around?
A horse that has long been at the head of the betting for the Champion bumper. He is unbeaten in his four career starts and three this season, in which he has started at odds on, on each occasion. This shows the regard he is held in within the Gordon Elliott stable and he looks a very strong contender for day two of the Cheltenham festival. Following his impressive second victory earlier this season many people were already putting him down as a potential banker for the Cheltenham festival, however an injury followed and he looked likely to miss the event.
He clearly could not have been at his best for this reappearance and duly drifted in the morning of the race. Envoi Allen was then heavily punted on the show under his regular jockey, Jamie Codd. He has had a huge amount of success in the bumper over the years including landing the race with Fayonagh in 2017 for the same trainer. With improvement now likely following his comeback Envoi Allen rates a definite horse to follow at the upcoming Cheltenham festival in a few weeks’ time.
He looks a fine prospect, doesn’t he? Envoi Allen beats them all off in the Grade 2 bumper at @LeopardstownRC to make it three from three under Rules pic.twitter.com/XhExJhnXWM
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) February 2, 2019
There is little doubt Joseph O’Brien seems to hold all the aces at present of the Juvenile’s with the two market leaders for the Triumph hurdle. Sir Erec had a big reputation following being a very classy flat horse, so expectations were high he could rank amongst the best in this division. Stablemate Fakir Doudairies shot to the head of the betting following the runaway victory at the Cheltenham trials last week. This took a little attention off Sir Erec, but he is still clearly the number one from the stable.
Sir Erec put in one of the most eye catching displays over the Dublin racing festival, in which he made all to beat a decent field that included the likes of the highly regarded Tiger Tap Tap. Winning by six lengths and just having to be pushed out, you would have to say Sir Erec must have a very strong chance of landing the Triumph hurdle. His trainer was behind the victory of Ivanovich Gorbatov in the race back in 2016, so Sir Erec is a horse to follow looking ahead to the Cheltenham festival.
All class – Sir Erec makes all to remain unbeaten over hurdles and strike at the top level in the @tatts_ireland Spring Juvenile Hurdle for @JosephOBrien2 and Mark Walsh #DRF pic.twitter.com/C7LOHrqhGX
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) February 3, 2019