Saturday 24 June 2017

WATCH: After tipping up a 25/1 winner yesterday, our experts give their verdict on Day Two

Jack Kennedy, centre, with owner Michael O'Leary, left, and his wife Anita, right, after winning the Lexus Steeplechase on Outlander during day three of the Leopardstown Christmas Festival in Leopardstown, Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Jack Kennedy, centre, with owner Michael O'Leary, left, and his wife Anita, right, after winning the Lexus Steeplechase on Outlander during day three of the Leopardstown Christmas Festival in Leopardstown, Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Jack Kennedy celebrates winning the 1.30 Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle on Labaik

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The Herald's Niall Cronin pointed you in the direction of 25/1 winner Labaik yesterday and our team of experts are back today to try and line your pockets.

Leon Blanche, Johnny Ward and Cronin are not daring to oppose 'superstar' Douvan in the feature race, the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Cronin told our Day Two preview, in association with BoyleSports, that he expects Willie Mullins' banker to win by more than eight lengths and he is 13/8 to do so with Boyles.

Altior's victory in yesterday's article places him on a collision course with Douvan next year but Ward gives him 'no chance' of victory on yesterday's showing.

For sentimental reasons, our team want Acapella Bourgeois to win the RSA for Roger Loughran and Sandra Hughes but the drying ground is a major concern

BoyleSports are going to take on current favourite Might Bite from the Nicky Henderson yard, while Cronin and Ward highlight the fact that Mouse Morris' Alpha Des Obeaux suffered a bleed on his last run and that is a serious negative in their minds.

With doubts over the top two in the betting market, Cronin puts forward Henry De Bromhead's Marinero as a big price alternative at 20/1.

In the opening Neptune Novice Hurdle, 'British Banker' Neon Wolf is fancied to emerge victorious with Cronin of the opinion that "we could be talking about him for the next three, four, five years at the Festival".

Ward has a sneaking suspicion that Bon Papa for Willie Mullins could run a big race at 16/1 in the same race.

Tombstone is expected to run a big race in the Coral but at 7/2, our experts feel the value is gone.

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Elsewhere on the card, Cronin is tipping Gordon Elliott's Fayonagh in the Champion Bumper, Blanche likes the look of Tony Martin's Long Call in the Fred Winter and Ward believes you could do worse things than back Jessica Harrington's Someday in the bumper at 9/1.

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