Irish racing best bets – Sunday racing tips at Leopardstown

Sunday racing tips at Leopardstown.Sunday racing tips at Leopardstown.

Sunday racing tips at Leopardstown

One meeting heads to post in Ireland on Sunday on the flat and we’ve picked out our racing tips at Leopardstown for their eight-race card.

While three meetings head to post across the UK on Sunday we also have a fixture taking place in Ireland with an eight-race card on the level at Leopardstown.

And it is a card of quality with a pair of Group Three contests on the agenda along with a Listed contest with trials for both the 1000 and 2000 Guineas as well as the Ballysax Stakes all going to post throughout the afternoon.

We’ve looked through the eight-race card to pick out our Sunday racing tips at Leopardstown and best bets for the afternoon’s action.


1:40 Leopardstown – Leopardstown Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (3yo) 1m

HMS Seahorse sets the standard and is race-fit, but it may be worth chancing Jessica Harrington’s O’REILLY to make a winning reappearance having looked a potentially smart prospect when finding only one too good on debut last season over this course and distance.

The Frankel colt found only the well-regarded Bolshoi Ballet too strong and while no match for that one he did have two subsequent winners behind; while the race-winner went on to contest a Group One in France for his next start.

It’s pretty clear he bumped into a good one in that debut, but he looked no slouch himself and sure to improve he can make his mark here on his reappearance with a first career win despite perhaps not having the best of the draw. His yard can ready one though so lack of a run isn’t a huge concern and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him in the mix.

Sunday racing tips at Leopardstown. Jessica Harrington can saddle a winner on the day's Irish racing card.

Sunday racing tips at Leopardstown. Jessica Harrington can saddle a winner on the day’s Irish racing card.

2:10 Leopardstown – Ballylinch Stud “Red Rocks” 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes (Listed Race) (Colts & Geldings) (3yo) 7f

MONASSIB was progressive last term, winning back to back victories at Curragh and Cork in the summer before being beaten by a short head in the Ballyhane Stakes by the smart Chief Little Hawk.

Kevin Prendergast’s charge then stepped up to Group Two level where he was denied by less than one length by High Definition in the Beresford back at the Curragh where he was run down late by the eventual winner with the front pairing pulling three lengths clear.

That form has been boosted by the fourth horse home and the Bobby’s Kitten colt can make a winning reappearance back in Listed company with this slightly shorter trip no issue. Assuming the quicker ground doesn’t prove a hindrance then he ought to go close on his return.

2:40 Leopardstown – Ballylinch Stud “Priory Belle” 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) (3yo) 7f

SHALE showed some high-class form last campaign as a juvenile, winning three times from six starts including the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes over this trip at the Curragh.

Donnacha O’Brien’s Galileo filly was possibly feeling the effects of her busy campaign when turning in a flat performance at Newmarket in October behind Pretty Gorgeous – whom she had beaten the time before – finishing sixth in the Fillies’ Mile where she failed to see out her race having held every chance in the dip.

Back at this venue she could easily return to winning form on her return to action and with the better ground no problem she ought to give a bold showing although she could just prove vulnerable to less exposed types who could have greater scope to improve.

Nevertheless on her juvenile form she ought to go close and it wouldn’t be a surprise if she were to collect here with Ryan Moore taking the reins.

3:45 Leopardstown – P.W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes (Group 3) (3yo) 1m2f

BOLSHOI BALLET holds an entry for the Irish Derby and Aidan O’Brien’s charge looked a smart prospect on debut with a very promising third to Mystical Dawn before getting off the mark at the second attempt when successful over this course with a ready defeat of O’Reilly who could boost that form earlier on the card.

The Galileo colt was then far from disgraced when last seen contesting the Group One Criterium De Saint-Cloud back in October, possibly unsuited by the heavy ground but posting a respectable fifth behind Gear Up and having a subsequent winner behind him.

O’Brien has saddled the last three winners of this contest and his representative here looks sure to go on to better things this term; quicker ground this time around will be beneficial to his chances and he sets a pretty stiff standard in a race where he’s favoured by the weights given he’s the highest rated in the field.

Likely to have improvement to come he could prove a tough nut to crack here.

Sunday racing tips at Leopardstown. Jockey Ryan Moore can get amongst the winners.

Sunday racing tips at Leopardstown. Jockey Ryan Moore can get amongst the winners.

4:50 Leopardstown – GAIN The Advantage Series Handicap (Div I) (4yo+ 45-70) 1m

It has been a while since KOYBIG last tasted victory with his losing run now standing at 19 without victory; but he’s proven a largely reliable and consistent sort despite his defeats and the Kodiac gelding could be worth chancing to end his drought.

David Marnane’s charge turned in a lesser effort at Dundalk when last seen out last month, finishing sixth behind Alhaazm; but he had made the frame in his three runs prior over the same course and distance and he could bounce back to form returning to turf where he he’s been eased a further 1lb in the weights.

He’s now 2lbs below his last winning mark which came on turf at Killarney some 20 months ago and a big run wouldn’t come as a surprise returning to this surface in a race where most are struggling to find winning form.