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Horse Racing: Phill Anderson's Thursday Leopardstown Tips

There’s more quality action at Leopardstown on Thursday and Phill Anderson from the Racing Post has a trio of selections on the card.

12.00 Leopardstown

Seddon @ 7/1

1pt win

2.20 Leopardstown

Vauban @ 5/1

1pt win

2.55 Leopardstown

Gringo D’ainay @ 20/1

1pt each-way

Last time out winner still well treated 

John McConnell does well with the horses he picks up from other yards and he has a fascinating contender in the opener at Leopardstown on Thursday. 

Seddon reverts to chasing after getting his head back in front over hurdles last time and he’s very well handicapped on his form in Britain from earlier in the year. 

The nine-year-old bolted up over hurdles at Cheltenham last time when getting his head back in front at the Showcase meeting and finds himself on a 6lb lower chase mark, despite a series of consistent efforts over fences in Britain in the spring. 

His very best form has come with good in the going description and that’s the main concern with the ground seemingly testing this week, but he has run okay on soft in the past, notably when third in a Grade 2 at Ascot early in his career, and he stays further than this trip. 

This is only his fourth start for his new yard, placing in his first two efforts before his win last time out and he’s so well treated on old form that he should be able to add to his tally this winter.

Mullins with embarrassment of riches in the Matheson 

State Man is odds on for the Matheson but I think this looks tougher than the Morgiana that he won last time out and he might be worth taking on with one of his stablemates, particularly on ground that is probably not ideal for him. 

Vauban, a proven performer on testing ground, should appreciate the conditions and he looks overpriced on his return to action. 

The son of Galiway landed a trio of Grade 1s last term, following up an impressive win in the Triumph with a facile success at Punchestown when last seen and the 243-day absence isn’t a concern for one from this yard. 

An early price of 5/1 underestimates his ability and a stiff two miles with cut in the ground look like his optimum conditions.

Lightly raced Gringo D’ainay can get off the mark 

A few of them look well handicapped in the handicap hurdle on the card and Gringo D’ainay makes most appeal at an early price of 20/1

The six-year-old went close from a 3lb lower mark back in the summer and he probably needed his return in a maiden hurdle at Naas last time. 

The stiff nature of the track and ground should both help bring his stamina into play and he ought to go close back in handicap company. 

Both Spirit of Legend and Green Glory both look like dangers on their handicap debuts but they have both been well found in the market and Gringo D’ainay looks like a good each-way value option with bet365 paying five places.

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