Leopardstown Horse Racing Tips – Saturday, April 2
Flat racing fans enjoy an early-season treat on Saturday, April 2nd as Leopardstown plays host to their often informative Trials Day card, which features no fewer than three Group contests. Our Irish horse racing expert has identified his top bets on the day which you can check out below.
Glounthaune (2.35 Leopardstown)
The Ballylinch Stud “Red Rocks” 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes was taken by Poetic Flare last year before that colt went on to land the Newmarket classic, and whilst there may not be a horse of that quality in this line-up, GLOUNTHAUNE rates a strong play for master trainer Aidan O’Brien.
This Kodiac colt had the 112-rated Castle Star behind when landing a Curragh maiden on debut last April. He was subsequently not seen until the autumn, yet managed to notch a Group 3 win over track and trip which was, perhaps fittingly, the same race that Poetic Flare took 12 months previously.
Glounthaune has always reportedly been highly thought of by connections and described as a “very big colt”, they’ll be hoping that he has gone some way to filling into his frame at 3. Aidan O’Brien has hit the ground running this season, and he can continue his run of form courtesy of Glounthaune.
Scriptwriter (3.45 Leopardstown)
Aidan O’Brien has landed the last four renewals of the Ballysax Stakes and whilst the market feels as though Bluegrass is best placed to continue that trend in 2022, it is instead SCRIPTWRITER who is preferred.
This Churchill colt was a huge eye-catcher was going in at Gowran on second start, managing to score despite veering for the gate in the closing stages.
Scriptwriter could only finish mid-field in the Autumn Stakes at Newmarket next time out, but he did suffer a little late interference that day and looked a little all at sea on the track. This more conventional circuit should suit Scriptwriter better, and he looks a surefire improver for the step up to 1m2f, so at the prices rates as the one to side with here.
Brasil Power (4.20 Leopardstown)
Amo Racing has enjoyed an incredible start to the season and the team will be hoping to see BRASIL POWER continue that with victory in Saturday’s Leopardstown Members Handicap.
Brasil Power was picked up for £410,000 at the breeze-up sales last June, before being resold privately. He had some notable form to his name in novice company last summer for George Boughey, including a debut second to the subsequent Dewhurst runner-up Dubawi Legend.
Brasil Power came good at the fourth attempt when justifying favouritism to score on handicap debut at Kempton in October, a showing which can be upgraded as Brasil Power endured a troubled passage. He showed an eye-catching turn of foot once in the clear, however, and that run strongly suggested that Brasil Power would benefit from stepping up in distance.
Since that Kempton showing, Brasil Power has moved to the Joseph O’Brien stable, and these connections often do well with their recruits from British yards. Rossa Ryan flies over to take the ride on Brasil Power this afternoon, and a mark of 85 looks unlikely to prove problematic for this colt.