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Horse Racing betting tips: Gary Savage fancies 28/1 Glamorgan Duke at Leopardstown

The Racing Post's Gary Savage has had a look at the second day of the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown and thinks these will go well.

2.40 Leopardstown

Glamorgan Duke @ 28/1

1pt each-way

Now Where Or When @ 10/1

2pt win

3.10 Leopardstown

Honeysuckle @ 15/8

2pt win

4.10 Leopardstown

Efferknock Fizz @ 25/1

1pt each-way

Hey Johnny @ 8/1

1pt each-way

Here and Now

The opening Mares Handicap Hurdle (1.10) is one to watch very closely as it's always a very strong contest which in 2021 three Cheltenham Festival winners, two in open handicaps, and a couple of graded handicaps so make sure not to underestmate these mares when they take on males next time.

Having said that it's too tough for me and my first bet comes in the Leopardstown Handicap Chase at 2.40, a race that Willie Mullins unbelievably hasn't won since 2001!

I'm hoping that run continues and am taking him and the Gordon Elliott-trained (Elliott has won it once) favourite Indigo Breeze on with a couple near the foot of the weights.

Light weights have an exceptional win and place record in this handicap and one of those to take the prize is Paul Gilligan's 2020 victor Glamorgan Duke, who showed great determination to get back up.

That was on yielding ground, which should prevail again today, and although the selection showed little in only a few starts over the next 18 months he has hinted that he retains ability this season.

He ran in a novice hurdle last time, a run which was surely a prep for this valuable contest. He's 3lb lower today than for his win and at a massive price he looks worth a go.

The other more obvious contender, also near the foot of the weights, is Sean Crawford's consistent 8yo Now Where Or When who ran his best race so far last time when taking a 2m handicap at Down Royal.

Connections stressed that he would be suited by furthee that day and indeed he has missed a couple of engagements in England over further since then.

Both of those were graded handicaps, and he came out of a Cheltenham race because of soft ground, so today's faster surface and 2m5f trip should prove ideal.

Still sweet on Honey

Honeysuckle won't go off favourite for only the second time ever under rules when she bids to win the Irish Champion Hurdle (3.10) for the fourth year in a row.

Getting beaten in the Hatton's Grace was obviously disappointing last time, but she didn't achieve much less ratings-wise in that race than she had in victory the three previous years.

She could be on the downgrade but that has yet to be proven and her last two wins in this contest were among her best performances, so she looks worth backing.

Fizz can do the biz

The Liffey Handicap Hurdle (4.10) is another race that has a surprisingly Willie Mullins-free roll of honour, with no win for the stable since 2013.

Although he had no representatives last year, the Closutton maestro has has had plenty beaten at single-figure prices since his victory, so Gaelic Warrior looks worth taking on.

With the ground looking decidedly quick on Saturday, front-runners may well be favoured in this big field and Efferknock Fizz, who is better than ever as an 8yo, has to be of some interest at an each way price.

A younger progressive type usually wins this race however and Hey Johnny fits the bill nicely. He was sent off favourite for a competitive novice handicap at Cheltenham in November, only to unseat at the first.

After a couple of slightly disappointing efforts on heavy ground, he returned to form with a win on yielding ground at Thurles last time. Still only a 6yo he looks sure to go well under Danny Mullins.

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