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Lexus Chase Tip: Bobs Worth chancing in Leopardstown feature

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It’s amazing what a clear head can do for a horse racing tipster. With the Christmas hangover nothing but a distant memory, we put behind our poor show on Boxing Day and racked up two winners from two selections yesterday.

Dodging Bullets, as predicted, fended off the challenge of Grandouet despite conceding weight at 15/8 and Three Kingdoms got up on the line in the finale to land the spoils at odds of 7/2. Those two bets bought in nearly 14 points of profit and we’re now back close to the all-important profit line as 2014 comes into view.

Our attention turns to Ireland today with the Lexus Chase providing the focal point of an enthralling card at Leopardstown. Put simply, the race revolves around Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Bobs Worth, who is the 9/4 favourite. You are either with him, or against him.

The Nicky Henderson-trained eight-year-old was a brilliant winner at the Cheltenham Festival, but was beaten heavily on his seasonal reappearance in the Betfair Chase at Haydock last month. The run he served him in Lancashire was just too bad too be true and with legitimate excuses for that below-par effort, we’re confident enough to advise him as a two point win bet for the Grade One.

The Betfair Chase was a hard race to assess. Although run over three miles, you got the impression that the quicker horses up with the pace were more at an advantage as Cue Card controlled proceedings and jumped impeccably from the front.

Bobs Worth was out the back and his jumping went to pot on his first appearance of the season on a flat track that wouldn’t have suited his style. Returned to a more galloping and stamina focused track at Leopardstown, he should be able to show his best running.

If he does, then he is the one to beat as he comfortably holds second favourite Sir Des Champs from the Gold Cup run. Of his other rivals, First Lieutenant could give him the most trouble but is impossible to fancy after two rank efforts so far this season.

Unioniste hails from the powerful Paul Nicholls yard, who won this race last year with Tidal Bay, but he will need to step up considerably as will last year’s RSA Chase heroes Lyreen Legend and Lord Windermere.

Bobs Worth, if getting his jumping spot on, should stay on stronger than anything over the last few fences. Get on.

Profit and Loss Record Staked: 119pts Returned: 116.34pts P/L: -2.66pts

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