Monday racing tips at Leopardstown – Irish racing best bets on 28 December
MONDAY RACING TIPS AT LEOPARDSTOWN
We look over a stellar racecard on day three of the Leopardstown Christmas Festival featuring the Savills Chase and pick out our Monday racing tips at Leopardstown.
Storm Bella washed out Limerick’s Sunday card and that venue has to pass a Monday morning inspection for racing to go ahead; however there’s currently no such doubts over the third day of racing at Leopardstown which features some top-class racing action with two more Grade One contests headed by the latest renewal of the Grade One Savills Chase.
The Grade One Christmas Hurdle adds further spice to a competitive racecard at the premier Irish venue and we’ve looked through the seven-race card at the premier Irish racing venue to pick out our Monday racing tips at Leopardstown.
IRISH RACING BEST BETS – MONDAY RACING TIPS AT LEOPARDSTOWN
12:05 Leopardstown – Tote.ie Maiden Hurdle (4yo) 2m4f
Thurles bumper winner INDIGO BREEZE shaped with an abundance of promise when denied by only a short-head on his hurdles debut behind Keskonrisk at Fairyhouse last month and the Martaline gelding can improve for that experience to go one better.
Gordon Elliott’s charge showed soft ground to hold no fears on that occasion and the front pair had pulled five lengths clear, while the winner did the form no harm at all when running on into third in the Champion Novices Hurdle on Sunday behind easy winner Appreciate It.
This stiffer test ought to suit and could yield further improvement while the experience gained from that hurdling debut will stand him good stead and he should make his presence felt in a competitive and informative opener.
12:40 Leopardstown – Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) (4yo+) 3m
MRS MILNER has shown some solid form over hurdles, winning at Thurles last November and finding only one too good here in March behind Larquebuse.
Paul Nolan’s charge subsequently had a break and having won at Galway in July he has run well in defeat on both her subsequent starts including being denied only by a neck by On The Blind Side in a Listed contest at Cheltenham last month when tried for the first time over this longer trip.
That form is smart and the Flemensfirth mare has been dropped 1lb in the wake of that outing so the lightly-raced five-year old could yet have more improvement to come where she can make her presence felt in this competitive contest.
1:15 Leopardstown – Leopardstown Christmas Hurdle (Grade 1) (4yo+) 3m
FURY ROAD proved hugely progressive last term, winning three times which included a heavy ground contest at Limerick last December and Gordon Elliott’s charge subsequently ran really well in successive defeats in Grade One contests here and at the Cheltenham Festival where he was narrowly denied in the Albert Bartlett Hurdle.
The Stowaway gelding ran out an impressive winner on his reappearance in the Celebration Hurdle at Punchestown last month, beating Dewcup by almost four lengths where he made all and overcame a last-flight mistake to score a shade comfortably.
He’ll be sharper for that outing and the return to three miles in these conditions will suit which can elicit some further improvement; with stamina also assured he ought to make his presence felt in this contest where he can strike a first Grade One success.
1:50 Leopardstown – Irish Daily Star Christmas Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-116) 2m4f
BOHER CAILIN is thoroughly unexposed over hurdles and the Mahler filly could prove the answer to a very tricky handicap contest.
Henry de Bromhead’s charge was a point-to-point winner prior to joining this yard but she wasted no time in getting off the mark for her top handler when scoring on her hurdles debut at Clonmel in October and she faced a tough assignment when thrust into the Listed Voler La Vedette Hurdle at Punchestown when last seen.
She was still going ok in that contest until progress was halted by a bad mistake four out and she can be forgiven that effort as she switches to handicaps now from a potentially lenient rating of 113; while the application of a tongue-tie could help produce a jolt of improvement and she could be worth giving another chance.
2:25 Leopardstown – Savills Chase (Grade 1) (5yo+) 3m
A top-class renewal of this Grade One and it might pay to stick with last year’s winner DELTA WORK who will bid to defend his crown for Gordon Elliott and Jack Kennedy.
His win in the race twelve months ago was one of three wins in 2019, following up his victory here with another course and distance success in the Irish Gold Cup where he beat the reopposing Kemboy prior to finishing a gallant fifth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
That was a solid effort despite the defeat as he belted a few fences on the way around and he shaped very much as if in need of the run on his reappearance in the Ladbrokes Champion Chase in October so can be expected to do better this time with that under his belt.
It was a similar story twelve months ago, well beaten in the same race before getting the better of Monalee in this contest and she could tread a familiar path to victory for the second year running.