Date of Tips: 14/04/2021
Disclaimer The odds for these selections were correct at the time of publishing (09:13 14/04/2021) but may have changed since. Please check the latest price before placing your bet.
Newmarket’s first day of the Craven meeting displayed a very similar tendency to last year’s, (and many before it,) in that grabbling the lead on the near side rail, when the stalls are on the near side, is an almost inevitable pre-cursor to winning. I should have more significantly foreseen this before recommending Eton College, but that said, he is not one to give up on, as he ran very much as if still in great heart – he could just never get into it.
We also have Cheltenham’s April meeting joining the party today, and there is some interesting racing as ever at Prestbury Park. The most appealing race from a betting perspective is undoubtedly the 2m4f Kingston Stud Handicap Hurdle at 2.40 – in which I think the winner could come be either course winner Captain Tom Cat or the progressive and underrated Quinta Do Mar, but at the prices it’s hard to split them, and hard to suggest backing both also.
So, for today’s selection, it’s across the water we go, to Leopardstown. More specifically the 4.55 – Hollypark Handicap over 7f and the Gerard O’Leary-trained handicap debutante Princess Sela, who at 11/1 each-way with any of SkyBet, UniBet, Boylesports, Betfred or Betway means you’ll have five places to aim at for the place part.
She has had three starts in maiden company, all of which have come over 6f, and on varying surfaces. All three starts have suggested a number of things – most notably that she will be much better over this 7f trip, as she has hit the line strongly on all three starts. They have all suggested that she has been better than the bare form on each occasion, as she has either been hindered by a poor draw, or been switched to race on perhaps an unfavoured part of the track.
Having had a winter break, Princess Sela re-appeared at Naas, finishing a never-nearer, running-on sixth, away from where the main action took place over 6f on soft ground. The first four home that day are now rated 81, 79, 79, 78 – whereas Princess Sela has been allotted an opening mark of 70.
Princess Sela wasn’t beaten far at Naas, and will very much appreciate the step up to 7f on a decent surface, and with an advantageous draw in stall 6 to boot, at 4.55 at Leopardstown today – and at 11/1 each-way for five places, she is worth supporting.