Bazza's Dublin Festival Racing Tips

Barry Hill gives his bankers at this weekend's Dublin Racing Festival.

Dublin Racing Festival day one tips: Saturday's best bets in the Grade 1 races

Jetara - 3/1

1.20 Leopardstown: Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors Novice Hurdle (2m6½f, Grade 1)

Alright, I'm feeling pretty bold about going with Jetara against the crowd favorites this time. She really stepped up her game last Christmas, snagging a win in a mares' Grade 3 race and it seems like she's only getting better from here.

Predators Gold is definitely the standout among Willie Mullins' four entries, so he's clearly the one to watch. But honestly, there's no unbeatable star in this lineup, which makes it pretty tricky for the boys to have to hand over a 7lb advantage to Jetara.

Storm Heart - 13/8

1.50 Leopardstown: McCann FitzGerald Spring Juvenile Hurdle (2m, Grade 1)

Storm Heart really killed it on his first run at Punchestown, and it looks like he's the top pick among Willie Mullins' crew according to the betting scene. Bunting, another one from the same stable, is the one everyone's keeping an eye on after an equally awesome debut.

Marine Nationale - 2/5

2.25 Leopardstown: Goffs Irish Arkle Novice Chase (2m1f, Grade 1)

I was really looking forward to seeing My Mate Mozzie in the mix because I'm not totally sold on Marine Nationale being the next big thing just yet. But with My Mate Mozzie not showing up, Marine Nationale, who looked fantastic in his first chase, seems like the one to beat.

If he clinches this win, his odds for the Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival are likely to get even shorter. Still, don't count out My Mate Mozzie just yet; if he ends up racing there, he could definitely shake things up.

Fastorslow - 3/1

3.35 Leopardstown: Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup (3m½f, Grade 1)

If Galopin Des Champs brings the same magic he did at Savills, he's the clear winner. But, let's not forget, he didn't quite light up this race last year, and you can bet Willie Mullins is already thinking about the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

On the flip side, we've got Fastorslow stepping in fresh and holding a 2-1 lead over their past face-offs. The condition of the track at Leopardstown could be a game-changer, but looking at the odds, it feels like a smart move to back Martin Brassil's eight-year-old. After all, he hasn't put a foot wrong.

Dublin Racing Festival day two tips: Sunday's best bets in the Grade 1 races

Fact To File - 2/1

1.10 Leopardstown: Ladbrokes Novice Chase (2m5½f, Grade 1)

Looks like Willie Mullins has the field cornered again, and it wouldn't shock anyone if Fact To File leads the pack, especially after how he nailed it in a beginners' chase here last Christmas.

Gaelic Warrior is right up there in terms of skill, though he's got a bit of an unpredictable streak. Grangeclare West is definitely a crowd-pleaser and seems to be in top form, but he'll need to bring his A-game to stand out against his two stable buddies.

Ballyburn - EVS

1.40 Leopardstown: Tattersalls Ireland 50th Derby Sale Novice Hurdle (2m, Grade 1)

Ballyburn really bounced back from his initial setback with an impressive win in a maiden hurdle right here last Christmas. He's got the stamina, so the two-mile distance shouldn't be a problem for him at all, and this could really boost his chances for the upcoming festivals.

Daddy Long Legs, on the other hand, didn't quite show us what he's capable of last Christmas, but he's expected to step up his game on a better track. Seems like we could see a whole new side of him on firmer ground.

El Fabiolo - 4/11

2.10 Leopardstown: Ladbrokes Dublin Chase (2m, Grade 1)

After Jonbon's surprising loss last Saturday, El Fabiolo has a golden opportunity to secure his spot as the king of the 2m chase division with a victory here. With an unbeaten streak in his last five chase starts, this seven-year-old effortlessly outpaced his competitors at Cork recently, and he's only expected to get better from that performance.

His main competition might just be from his stablemate, Dinoblue, who cruised to victory over the same course and distance in his last outing.

State Man - 1/3

2.45 Leopardstown: Chanelle Pharma Irish Champion Hurdle (2m, Grade 1)

Impaire Et Passe's team is gearing up for another shot at State Man. I was kinda expecting to see him at Cheltenham last Saturday, but Willie Mullins decided to go with Lossiemouth instead.

State Man has been unshakeable for a good while now, consistently showing up strong. As for Impaire Et Passe, it's starting to look like he might not be among the top two picks from Closutton to challenge Constitution Hill at this point. He really needs to step it up in this round, or else it might be time to consider aiming for the Stayers' Hurdle instead.

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