Leopardstown tips for Thursday – Irish racing best bets 16 July
Leopardstown flies the flag for Thurday’s Irish horse racing action with a seven-race fixture on the flat. We give our best Leopardstown tips for Thursday.
While three meetings head to post in the UK on Thursday, there is only Leopardstown flying the flag for the day’s Irish racing action and a seven-race card awaits punters headed by the Listed Nijinksy Stakes which goes to post at 5.45pm as the fourth race of the day.
We’ve taken a look through the card and give our best Leopardstown tips for Thursday including the feature race of the day.
LEOPARDSTOWN TIPS FOR THURSDAY 16 JULY
4:45 Leopardstown – Leopardstown Handicap (3yo 45-65) 7f
Softer ground was possibly against SWEET JUSTICE on her latest outing at Gowran Park earlier in the month, but the Lawman filly had been in good fettle in her two earlier runs since returning from lockdown and she could bounce back returning to a firmer surface.
Thomas McCourt’s charge had finished runner-up on both of those starts, beaten around one length each time behind Shona Mea and Kosman respectively; but she appeared bogged down in the soft conditions when last seen.
Given her earlier form though she could be worth chancing to do better on a less testing surface, while the application of cheekpieces could also prove a source of improvement so it would be no surprise if she were to leave the form of her last run behind and come back to the level of form she had shown previously.
5:15 Leopardstown – Holden Plant Rentals Handicap (4yo+ 45-65) 7f
CAESARS COMET hasn’t won for almost two years but the Acclamation gelding could prove the answer to a tricky handicap.
Denis Hogan’s charge posted his last success back in September 2018 at Fairyhouse from a higher mark than this; but while he’s been winless since he has largely ran well in defeat and has notched up a number of podium efforts.
Last seen finishing fourth at Cork, finishing just one length fourth behind Starlite Dancer off this mark he can confirm his well-being with a repeat of that effort and he wouldn’t need to find too much improvement to feature heavily here given he’s won from higher ratings earlier in his career.
The presence of Joey Sheridan in the saddle is an obvious bonus and the young rider’s 7lbs claim will prove invaluable to his chances while the form of that latest run took a boost when the third won next time out in a better race so he ought to remain competitive and can go close.
5:45 Leopardstown – Nijinsky Stakes (Listed Race) (3yo) 1m4f
GALILEO CHROME held an Irish Derby entry until late in the day, eventually ruled out of contention by a bruised foot. Joseph O’Brien’s charge can gain some recompense for that absence by landing this Listed prize.
The Australia colt had shaped well on his sole start as a juvenile, finishing fifth at this venue behind Celtic High King despite looking in need of the the experience. However he stepped up on that run to make a winning reappearance at the Curragh in June, beating King Of The Throne by a head.
That form has been significantly boosted with the fourth and fifth horses both winning since; the fifth horse was Serpentine who has won the Epsom Derby since.
The O’Brien runner is expected to progress again and he’ll be sharper with that run under his belt so could do even better and it would come as no shock to see him firmly enter the mix for this valuable prize with the longer trip likely to prove in his favour.
6:15 Leopardstown – Leopardstown Handicap (4yo+) 1m2f
ROCKY BLUE made a very encouraging return to the flat following a lengthy absence at Sligo earlier in the month, finding only one too strong behind Sicaro and with that run under his belt the Society Rock gelding can get back on the scoresheet.
Thomas Mullins’ charge showed progressive form during the 2018 campaign, finishing runner-up three times before making a winning breakthrough at Navan over further than this trip where he ran out an eight lengths’ victor over Miraculum.
He subsequently went hurdling where he found only one too good on his hurdles debut before winning the 2018 Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle although he was absent following that run for more than 550 days until reappearing at Sligo recently.
He could make his presence felt although the drop back in trip is a slight concern, while a 3lbs rise in the weights demands a shade more. But with a good 7lbs claimer booked then he can go well if this outing doesn’t come too soon after that recent return and he ought to go well where he remains with scope for improvement.