Best bets for Leopardstown and Killarney – Thursday 20 August Irish racing tips

Get our best bets for Leopardstown and Killarney on Thursday.Get our best bets for Leopardstown and Killarney on Thursday.

With two meetings taking place in Ireland on Thursday we give our best bets for Leopardstown and Killarney.

Most of the attention on Thursday will again be trained on York and day two of the Ebor Festival where the Group One Yorkshire Oaks is the feature race of the day where Aidan O’Brien’s Love will be the main attraction.

York’s fixture is one of three going to post across the UK, while in Ireland there are two fixtures taking place with afternoon action on the flat from Leopardstown, while Killarney hosts a twilight jumps racing meeting.

Across both Irish racecards there will be 14 races heading to post and we pick out our best bets for Leopardstown and Killarney on Thursday.


2:05 Leopardstown – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap (3yo+) 1m

ROCA ROMA has struggled since getting off the mark on her return at Gowran Park back in June, but she had an excuse when failing to beat a rival home behind Magical in the Pretty Polly Stakes and her last outing at Killarney in the Cairn Rouge Stakes might have come too soon afterwards.

Ger Lyons’ charge shouldn’t be judged too harshly on those disappointments and it remains relatively early days for her. She could show better form now switching to a handicap where a mark of 90 doesn’t look prohibitive in a race that sees her take a further drop in grade.

With the soft ground no problem she can make her presence felt and it wouldn’t be a shock to see an improved effort from the Australia filly now.

4:05 Leopardstown – Racing Academy Apprentice Handicap (3yo+) 1m2f

LORD PARK has bettered his finishing position with every start, latterly finding only one too good when finishing runner-up at Naas earlier in the month.

Mick Halford’s Tamayuz colt has seen that form being franked with a subsequent winner coming out of the race, while his earlier third-place finish at the Curragh in a decent contest has also had the form advertised.

There’s a suspicion that he gave first run to the winner before finishing off strongly and while the handicapper has pushed him up 5lbs this doesn’t look quite as strong a race so he could be capable of continuing his race-by-race improvement to get off the mark now.

Mick Halford saddles one of our best bets for Leopardstown's fixture on Thursday.

Mick Halford saddles one of our best bets for Leopardstown’s fixture on Thursday.

5:15 Killarney – GMHD Hurdle (Grade B) (Registered as the Brandon Handicap Hurdle) (5yo+) 2m1f

MOON OVER GERMANY only got as far as the second hurdle on his reappearance at Galway but Henry de Bromhead’s charge can bounce back here to go close and it would be no surprise if the Germany gelding got back on the scoresheet.

A smart performer over fences where he was a Grade Three winner at Aintree last April, he remains with some scope in over hurdles and he’s placed in a Grade Two over the smaller obstacles when rated higher than this in the past.

He had run well for a long way in the County Hurdle during the Cheltenham Festival in March, eventually finishing sixth; that was off a higher mark than today’s and if none the worse for his Galway spill then he can make his presence felt here.

5:45 Killarney – Kelly Brothers Farm Modernisation Beginners Chase (4yo+) 2m7f

LINE OUT has largely shaped well in a handful of starts over fences, not beaten far on his last outing in this discipline two runs ago at Tramore.

John Kiely’s charge found only Razoul too strong there, beaten around four lengths, and he lost little caste in defeat back over hurdles latest at Cork when tried over three miles and finishing third to Go Another One although he finished some way adrift.

Returning to the larger obstacles here the Shantou gelding has shown enough in his past runs over fences to suggest he’s up to winning a race and a repeat of that last chase start might be enough to see him get off the mark in this sphere easing back in trip.