You’ve been saving since Rag Week for those lucrative few flutters over the week, you may have even declined a drink or two in preparation, but the time is finally here.
Hang onto your wallets, it’s racing time. Here are some of the tips compiled from some of the finest tipsters out there. Just don’t come knocking on our door if it doesn’t work out…
1:30: Douvan 7/4
Noel Meade considers this horse the best bet of the meeting and he’s not the only one. Back him early as possible to get the best price.
Tell Us More at about 20/1 was considered one of Closuttons top novice hurdlers until flopping at Naas but it wouldn’t be a shock to see him give a performance here.
2:05 Une de Sceaux 4/6
There’ll be plenty of betting slips thrown in contempt if Une De Sceaux doesn’t stream in. But the always reliable Geraghty/Henderson should see Jossies Hill run a good race at about 12/1.
2:40 Ned Stark 8/1
Alan King has an excellent record in the opening handicap of the Festival and this novice ticks all the boxes
3:20 Faugheem 11/10
The horse is unbeaten in 9 races, ridden by the right jockey (Ruby) and trained by the right man (WP Mullins). Bound to go into odds on so get in early.
Jezki will be about 9/2 shout and looks a great each way shout. He’s last years winner and a classic spring horse. The better pace should suit him also.
4:00 Annie Power 4/6
The price says it all here. Ruby and Mullins teaming up should see it through. However, don’t rule out Polly Peachum to spring a surprise at 10/1, a nice price for an each way bet.
5:15 Thomas Crapper 8/1
Second to Don Poli in last years Martin Pipe and has been keeping some good company over fences this season
1:30 Windsor Park 8/1
Caught the eye behind Nichols Canyon at Leopardstown and if his jumping improves he’s a major player here at a very attractive price.
2:05 Don Poli 3/1
Don Poli’s trainer WP Mullins has trained three winners and two runners up in this race. However, If In Doubt has its quirks but was very impressive when winning the SkyBet Chase at Doncaster.
2:40 (Anyones guess)
Harry Fry’s Activial has been a prominent figure in the Coral Cup betting and he will be a popular selection should he take his chance in this punting minefield, whilst the likes of Quick Jack, Aux Ptits Soins and Calipto are another interesting trio that could feature highly on punter’s shortlists.
3:15 Sprinter Sacre 5/2
So impressive when winning this race in 2013 he’s reported to be back to his best and if so will surely destroy the others.
4:00 Any Currency 4/1
Aiden Coleman should have a good ride on this old reliable who’s been groomed for this race since last year
4:40 Hostile Fire 7/1
Gordon Elliot was won this race in the past with Flaxen Flare and in the same colours this youngster impressed last time out at Fairyhouse. Also Dai Bando is highly thought of by trainer Ross O Sullivan. Overpriced at 25/1
5:15 Pileonthepressure 8/1
One of Willie Mullins eight in the Bumper but recent vibes suggest this Rich Ricci gelding could be the best of the octet.