Racing tips for Leopardstown & Tramore – Thursday’s best Irish racing bets
We have two Irish horse racing meetings to take in on Thursday; check out our racing tips for Leopardstown and Tramore.
Thursday’s horse racing action sees two fixtures going to post in Ireland with afternoon flat racing action from Leopardstown; while Tramore hosts a mixed flat and jumps racing card in the evening.
Across both fixtures there will be 15 races going to post including the Group Three Desmond Stakes at Leopardstown where their card also includes Listed action.
We’ve been in good form with our Irish racing selections in recent weeks so check out our Thursday racing tips for Leopardstown and Tramore as we try to find a few more winners!
RACING TIPS FOR LEOPARDSTOWN & TRAMORE – THURSDAY 13 AUGUST IRISH RACING BEST BETS
2:00 Leopardstown – Leopardstown Handicap (3yo 45-65) 7f
Although still a maiden it might be worth chancing SWEET JUSTICE to finally get off the mark having ran some good races in defeat this term.
Tom McCourt’s charge has finished runner-up in three of her five starts since the lockdown and latterly finished around six lengths fourth behind Kodiac Prince at Gowran Park where she wasn’t seen to best effect having been caught further back than ideal when the pace lifted.
That form looks fair with both the winner and runner-up running well in defeat since and she can race here from the same mark although the presence of a 5lbs claimer aids her cause at the weights.
This doesn’t look a particularly strong contest and she wasn’t beaten far the time before when run down late sporting first-time cheekpieces. A reproduction of that could be good enough and she can land a welcome first win in this moderate-looking race.
3:00 Leopardstown – Clipper Logistics Desmond Stakes (Group 3) (3yo+) 1m
FISCAL RULES has been highly tried in Group One contests this term, finishing fifth both times behind Siskin in the Irish 2000 Guineas and then meeting trouble in the Irish Derby behind Santiago.
Jim Bolger’s Make Believe colt had got to within a head of the high-class Wichita when making her debut at the Curragh last August, run down late by the winner. His latest run can be upgraded as he was travelling well in the race before being squeezed up and he never recovered from the ground he lost in that mishap.
Still, he ran on well without threatening the leaders and the race represents some very solid form. He eases back in class here and returns to one mile as he bids to get off the mark and he could take advantage of this easier contest to strike.
3:30 Leopardstown – Vinnie Roe Stakes (Listed Race) (3yo) 1m6f
The O’Brien clan accounts for six of the eight runners in this race and it can be Aidan O’Brien who comes on top in the battle with sons Joseph and Donnacha courtesy of DAWN PATROL who can follow up his recent Naas success.
That was a first career win for the Galileo colt who had placed in all three previous runs including finishing runner-up behind Tiger Moth here in June and then crossing the line in third in the Irish Derby behind Santiago.
He ran out an impressive winner when last seen scoring easily and value for more than the official winning margin. That form has taken a couple of subsequent knocks but he is open to further improvement and this longer trip may well unlock it.
This looks a decent race for a Listed contest but he can go well again and no surprise if he were to follow up with the additional yardage looking a good move.
5:10 Tramore – Pat Woodbyrne Memorial Beginners Chase (4yo+) 2m5½f
ELEGANT DAN has been in good form this campaign over hurdles, twice finishing runner-up and registering a course and distance win in July; David O’Brien’s charge also brings some chase experience to the table having finished fourth over fences here last October.
The Dansant gelding was last seen finishing runner-up over course and distance last month where he was beaten just over one length behind Basil’s Boy and the third has since run well. He switches back to chasing for this latest outing and he could well progress with experience under his belt.
This better ground will suit and he has plenty of scope to improve over fences having shown some useful form over timber. He’s gone well here previously and looks worth an interest back chasing now.
6:45 Tramore – O’Neill’s Bar Rated Novice Hurdle (4yo+) 2m4½f
ALABASTER has progressed with every start over hurdles, bettering his finishing position each time and Denis Hogan’s charge can get off the mark in this sphere.
A three-time winner on the flat for Sir Mark Prescott, he has returned from a break in the wake of the lockdown to make the frame in starts at Bellewstown and Galway, beaten only two lengths into the runner-up berth behind Bua Boy in the latest of them.
That winner has gone in again since and the Archipenko gelding shaped well back on the flat back at Galway earlier in August when finishing fourth to Eight and Bob, beaten around six lengths.
He returns to hurdling here where a 5lbs rise in the handicap looks workable and this step up in trip on better ground could unlock further improvement so every chance he can go one better than his last hurdles run and open his win account.