Irish horse racing tips – Tuesday best bets at Leopardstown and Limerick

Best bets at Leopardstown and Limerick on Tuesday 29 December

More top-class racing action unfolds in Ireland on Tuesday as the Christmas Festival meetings continue at Leopardstown and Limerick respectively. We’ve looked over both Irish racing fixtures to pick out our Tuesday best bets at Leopardstown and Limerick.

The Christmas Festival meetings at both Leopardstown and Limerick continue into Tuesday with more top-class racing at each venue where 14 races will unfold across the day’s two meetings in Ireland.

The feature of the day at Leopardstown is the Grade One Matheson Hurdle which joins fellow Grade One contest the Neville Hotels Novice Chase on another classy card; while there is Grade Two racing action at Limerick with the Grant Thornton Hurdle taking centre stage.

We’ve looked through both of the days’s racecards in Ireland where we pick out our Tuesday best bets at Leopardstown and Limerick.


12:30 Limerick – Limerick Racecourse Vets Mares’ Beginners’ Chase (4yo+) 2m3½f

SCARLET AND DOVE won a bumper here back in November 2018 and having added to his tally when getting off the mark over hurdles at Navan in March the Jeremy mare wasn’t disgraced tried in a Grade Three contest on her final start of the campaign.

Joseph O’Brien’s charge has shaped with promise on both runs over fences, finding only one too good on her chase debut at Cork in November and then filling the same spot back at that venue in a Grade Three contest where she was beaten four lengths behind Mound Ida.

There is still scope for her to brush up her jumping but the step up to a longer trip could help her find some improvement over the larger obstacles and she can get off the mark in this sphere at the third attempt.

Best bets at Leopardstown. Joseph O'Brien can saddle a winner on the card.

Best bets at Leopardstown. Joseph O’Brien can saddle a winner on the card.

1:40 Limerick – Grant Thornton Hurdle (Grade 2) (4yo) 2m

GRAND ROI won three of his four starts for Nicky Henderson before being bought out of the Seven Barrows yard and sent to Gordon Elliott.

The Spanish Moon gelding made a good introduction for his new yard at Galway in October where he finished around five lengths’ third behind Beacon Edge where he might have needed the run although the longer trip on that occasion may have stretched him.

That form looks very solid with the winner since finishing third in a Grade One, while the runner-up filled the same berth in a Grade Two contest and he ought to be sharper with that effort under his belt so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him do better this time also dropping back to a more suitable trip.

2:25 Leopardstown – Matheson Hurdle (Grade 1) (4yo+) 2m

ABACADABRAS won three of five hurdles starts last term which included the Champions Novice Hurdle at this meeting and Gordon Elliott’s charge made Shishkin pull out all the stops at the Cheltenham Festival where he was only beaten a head by that rival.

Probably in need of the run on his reappearance at Down Royal in October where he met with defeat behind reopposing Aspire Tower he stepped up on that performance to score at Punchestown in the Morgiana Hurdle where he beat another of today’s rivals in Saint Roi.

There wasn’t much between the pair and the runner-up was arguably unlucky having met with some trouble; but the Davidoff gelding showed a good attitude to hold off the runner-up and the application of a tongue-tie could deliver further improvement so he can uphold that form to come out on top here.

Best bets at Leopardstown. Abacadabras can win the Tuesday feature at Leopardstown.

Best bets at Leopardstown. Abacadabras can win the Tuesday feature at Leopardstown.

3:00 Leopardstown – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-130) 2m4f

GABBYS CROSS is progressing well over hurdles and arrives in search of a hat-trick following a brace of wins at Tramore ant Punchestown the latter of which came at this trip.

Henry de Bromhead’s Frammassone gelding ran out a six lengths’ winner in the first instance, following up with a narrow defeat of Debuchet latest where he scored by a short-head, holding on well.

That was a very decent performance and there could be more to come where he remains open to further improvement stepping into the handicap ranks for the first time. A mark of 121 doesn’t look too harsh and he can progress again.