Dullingham Park Stakes & Paddy Power Stakes Odds

A fantastic meet in Ireland at Leopardstown Racecourse on Saturday with the highlight being the 2023 Grade 1 Irish Champion Stakes. However, here we are focusing on the undercard and looking at the 2023 Grade 2 Dullingham Park Stakes where Buckaroo will be looking to kick his foes into touch, and in the 2023 Grade 3 Paddy Power Stakes, we see the return of the 2023 English Derby third placed horse White Birch who is taking a significant step down the class ladder today.

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Dullingham Park Stakes

Grade 2 – Purse $214,000 – 1 mile – Turf – 3-Year-Olds and Up

Can 2022 Breeders Cup hero Victoria Road get back in the winner’s circle?

Victoria Road is the chalk here and although he has only had one run this season after sustaining a minor injury, this looks like another campaign that is geared toward Santa Anita in November.

He went on a streak last season which finished with that great win at Keeneland in the 2022 Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf and before that, he had won the Grade 3 De Conde Stakes at Chantilly in France.

He is a horse that likes to stalk and close and should be mid-pack early before launching a late bid in the final two furlongs.

One of his main rivals will be the Joseph O’Brien-trained Buckaroo who has been in strong form. He won the 2023 Listed Heritage Stakes on his first run this year and was third in the Listed 2023 Wolferton Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. He will be one of the late closers here and his finishing kick is a potent one

Lord Massusus has already hit the winners circle three times this season and last time he won the 2023 Grade 3 Desmond Stakes when defeating another of today’s rivals Alfred Munnings.

That run came from off the speed and he was strong from the sixteenth pole and should confirm form with the Aiden O’Brien inmate.

At much bigger odds, Tarawa should not be underestimated here. She is the only filly in the race and gets a handy 3 lbs allowance from the boys.

Her form is very strong and she was fourth in the Grade 1 Irish 1000 Guineas in May before a strong board finish in the 2023 Grade 2 Minstrel Stakes in July.

Dullingham Park Stakes Odds & Betting Picks

There is no denying that Victoria Road has top-class form but the fact he has only had one run this season means he may not be as race fit as some of his rivals. This has to be a concern and this could just be a stepping stone on the road to The 2023 Breeders Cup meet at Santa Anita.

For that reason, a narrow vote goes to TARAWA as a solid across-the-board play. She has classic form and could well be underestimated at huge morning line odds.

Both Lord Masussus and Buckaroo hold strong chances to get a slice of the valuable purse.

HORSEJOCKEYHORSE RACING ODDS BY JAZZSPORTS
Victoria RoadRyan Moore+300
Buckaroo Oisin Murphy+333
Bold DiscoveryFrankie Dettori+800
Lord Massusus Gary Carroll +1000
Alfred Munnings Seamie Heffernan+1200
Flight Plan Daniel Tudhope+1600
Power Under MeW J Lee +1600
Salt Lake CityColin Keane +1600
Tarawa Chris Hayes+1600
Villanova QueenShane Foley +2800
HowyoulikethatBen Coen+5000
GoldanaDylan Browne McMonagle+2000
Breeders Cup Odds

Paddy Power Stakes

Grade 3 – Purse $107,000 – 1 mile 4 furlongs– Turf – 3-Year-Olds and Up

Can White Birch grab his second graded stakes victory taking a big class drop?

White Birch has run some fantastic races this season, closing late to finish third in the 2023 Grade 1 Dante Stakes at York where he closed very late. He then put in an even better performance when hitting the board in the 2023 Derby Stakes at Epsom, and these easier foes are sure to make this a much easier assignment.

It is a shock he is not the chalk here, and that honor falls to the British raider Al Aasy.

The William Haggas trained colt has won his last two races and they included the Listed Steventon Stakes at Newbury and the 2023 Grade 3 Rose Of Lancaster Stakes last time at Haydock.

There is no doubt he is on an upward curve but it remains to be seen if he can mix it with a foe of the quality of White Birch.

Outside the top two on the board, then Adelaide River from the powerful Aidan O’Brien barn is sure to offer up a strong challenge. He was second in the Grade 1 Irish Derby two back before filling the same spot last time when hitting the board in the Grade 1 Grand Prix De Paris where he had the English Oaks winner Soul Sister behind. These are all top-class runs and he is another that should maybe a bit shorter on the morning line odds.

It’s difficult to find anything outside these top three but one for exotics could be Valiant King who has not been out of the placings in four runs this season, including when breaking the maiden three back.

He has to take a big step forward but was second in the 2023 Grade 3 Ballyroan Stakes last time and is improving with his racing. He had also finished a fine second at Royal Ascot in June when he was beaten just a head in the 2023 King George V Stakes.

Although that run would not be good enough to win this, it shows he is on an upward trajectory.

If any horse is going to shake up the top three, then he is surely the one.

Paddy Power Stakes Odds & Racing Predictions

Al Aasy is the chalk but he needs to find a chunk of improvement to win this and looks short odds on the morning line odds.

The vote goes to WHITE BIRCH who was behind Adelaide River when they met in the Irish Derby but he has had a break since, and connections are very happy with his track work heading into this. This is a chance for him to grab another stakes win and prove how good his earlier season form was.

Both Adelaide River and Valiant King will be very tough foes with a slight preference for Aiden O’Brien trained colt who has top-class Grade One stakes form.

HORSEJOCKEYHORSE RACING ODDS BY JAZZSPORTS
Adelaide RiverRyan Moore+175
Al AasyJim Crowley+300
White BirchShane Foley+550
Valiant KingOisin Murphy +750
Layfayette Colin Keane+1200
MashhoorBen Coen+1600
Young Ireland Luke McAteer+4000

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