Horse racing tips for Leopardstown – Thursday’s best Irish racing bets

We give our Thursday horse racing tips for Leopardstown.We give our Thursday horse racing tips for Leopardstown.

We look over the Thursday Irish racing fixtures and give our Irish horse racing tips for Leopardstown.

Thursday’s Irish racing action sees only one fixture heading to post with Leopardstown hosting an eight-race card on the flat where a trio of Group Three contests awaits punters.

Getting underway at 1.00pm with the Silver Flash Stakes, Leopardstown’s Thursday card also includes both the Tyros Stakes and the Ballyroan Stakes as well some competitive handicap action in support.

We take a look over the Thursday racecard in Ireland and give our daily best bets and horse racing tips for Leopardstown.


1:00 Leopardstown – Frank Conroy Silver Flash Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) (2yo) 7f

Half of the ten intended runners in this race hail from one of the O’Brien clan; but NO SPEAK ALEXANDER is taken to follow up an impressive win at Roscommon last month.

Jessica Harrington’s Shalaa filly was too green on her debut to do herself any justice and she eventually crossed the line in seventh behind Frenetic. That form has worked out quite well and the fourth horse home – Meala – reopposes having shown improvement with every start including winning last time out.

But the Harrington runner stepped up markedly on that run to run out a comfortable seven lengths’ winner over Divinely at Roscommon over an exteneded seven furlongs in the mud and there’s likely more to come from her.

That bare form perhaps isn’t the strongest on offer, while she has to back up that success on this much quicker ground; but open to considerable progress she can make her presence felt again upped in class.

1:30 Leopardstown – Japan Racing Association Tyros Stakes (Group 3) (2yo) 7f

As in the first race of the day the O’Brien clan account for more than half of the field and it could be worth giving the vote to Joseph O’Brien‘s STATE OF REST to come out on top.

The Starspangledbanner colt won well on his debut at Fairyhouse in June despite looking inexperienced when beating Giorgio Vasari by a half-length. That run was followed by a very good second behind Ebeko over this course and distance last month where he was trying to give away almost a stone to the winner.

Despite failing to do so he still finished almost four lengths’ clear of the third horse home and there’s likely better still to come from him on the evidence of that last run. With the potential to improve further he’s taken to get back on the scoresheet despite this being a very trappy-looking contest.

Joseph O'Brien saddles one of our Thursday horse racing tips for Leopardstown.

Joseph O’Brien saddles one of our Thursday horse racing tips for Leopardstown.

3:00 Leopardstown – Bahrain International Ballyroan Stakes (Group 3) (3yo+) 1m4f

NICKAJACK CAVE struck twice last campaign as well as largely running well in defeat, including when third over this trip in a Limerick Listed contest on his final outing.

Ger Lyons’ charge shaped well on his reappearance in March, finishing fourth to Numerian at Naas in the Devoy Stakes; but he got back on the scoresheet when last seen out over further at this venue taking the Saval Beg Levmoss Stakes from Twilight Payment.

The Kendargent gelding won a shade cosily having travelled well into that race before readily scoring the win with the front two pulling clear. The runner-up has won twice since including a Group Two contest; while the sixth horse home won a Listed race on their next outing so the form looks strong and he can give another good account with this drop in trip unlikely to present an issue.

This is a step up in class but he’s likely to have more to offer and he ought to get involved here.

4:00 Leopardstown – Leopardstown Handicap (Div II) (3yo+ 45-65) 1m5f

SWEET AFFECTION took a forward step when trying this trip for the first time in a visor at this venue last month and Dermot Weld’s charge can improve again to get off the mark.

The Exceed and Excel filly had cut little ice in a trio of starts on the all-weather during the winter months and she possibly needed her return here in June following a five-month break when making her turf debut.

Despite finishing down the field she wasn’t beaten far and she showed the benefit of the run to go close over course and distance latest, beaten a head behind Wilderness where he kept on well having raced keenly and still looking a shade raw.

The winner has done the form no harm since and her subsequent 4lbs rise is offset by her rider’s claim. With the potential for better to come and still unexposed in handicaps and over this trip she can improve again with the visor retained so no surprise to see her make her presence felt.