Chris Baker: Young pretender to claim veterans scalp

Bellshill is looking to win back-to-back Irish Gold Cups.
Bellshill is looking to win back-to-back Irish Gold Cups.

Yesterday’s NAP (Newtide – advised at 4/1) was a fortunate winner at Wetherby. Kim Bailey’s runner looked held approaching the last fence, but the fall of Boldmere handed him the race. It’s the second day of the Dublin Racing Festival today, and I’ve picked out two bets for the action at Leopardstown. Good luck if you decide to follow.

Leopardstown Tips

BATTLEOVERDOYEN (NAP at 7/4) has made a fine start to his chasing career and comes in to the Grade 1 Flogas Novice Chase (15:00) defending an unbeaten record having won all three races over the larger obstacles. His latest victory came in a Grade 1 at this course over Christmas, and he should have no problem with the drop back to 2m5f. He’s a very exciting prospect and will once again be partnered by Davy Russell.

It’s a really competitive line up for the Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup at 15:30 and I’m taking an each-way chance on BELLSHILL (EW at 22/1) repeating his victory in the race last year. He should be well suited by today’s race conditions and will have no problem with the drying ground. He’s entitled to have come on for his seasonal reappearance at this course over Christmas and will wear a tongue-tie for the first time.

15:00 at Leopardstown
BATTLEOVERDOYEN (NAP) – 1 point win bet at 7/4.

15:30 at Leopardstown
BELLSHILL – 0.5 point each-way bet at 22/1.

Chris Baker's P&L


Flogas Novice Chase
Battleoverdoyen silk



15:30 Leopardstown
Bellshill silk

Bellshill (EW)


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