Saturday Leopardstown tips – Top tips for the day’s racing in Ireland

Saturday’s Irish racing sees just one meeting go to post and we give our Saturday Leopardstown tips for the day’s sole fixture in Ireland.

While there are four meetings going to post across the UK including some top-class action on the Newmarket televised racecard, only Leopardstown represents Saturday’s horse racing action with an eight-race card that gets underway from 2.00pm.

Featuring the Group Three Meld Stakes, we take a look through the day’s card and give our Saturday Leopardstown tips for the best of the day’s action at the Foxrock track including the main event of the day.


3:10 Leopardstown – Leopardstown Handicap (4yo+ 50-75) 7f

THE MPEX KID stepped up on previous efforts when making a winning reappearance and handicap debut at Fairyhouse last month and Dot Love’s charge is taken to follow up here.

The Tamayuz gelding was posting a career-best effort in running out a near-three lengths’ winner over Neyland, staying on well for what looked a comfortable success.

He has to back up that performance now from 11lbs higher in the weights which will certainly ask more from him; but if he arrives in similar fettle and finds some further improvement then he could go well given he’s still a low-mileage customer with just five runs under his belt.

Chanced to find another jolt of progress he can make his presence felt here.

3:45 Leopardstown – Leopardstown Handicap (Div I) (3yo+ 45-75) 1m4f

WILDERNESS has returned in excellent heart, winning both her starts following a lengthy layoff with successes at Gowran Park and Roscommon; Johnny Murtagh’s charge can land a hat-trick with a win here.

The Cityscape mare has won three of her last four outings, also scoring at Cork last June and she was value for her defeat of New Vocation when last seen winning under a penalty. The application of a visor has appeared to coincide with a new level of form that might not have reached its’ limit just yet.

She turns out here having been raised another 6lbs in the ratings, but there could still be more to come from her and this even longer trip ought to suit and can yield another jolt of improvement that could see her strike again.

4:15 Leopardstown – Leopardstown Handicap (Div II) (3yo+ 45-75) 1m4f

PEPPERONI PETE represents the in-form Jessica Harrington yard and the useful hurdler could be worth chancing back on the flat having finished fifth over timber on his last outing at Tipperary.

The Zoffany gelding had run twice on the level previously since the resumption of racing, finishing down the field at Navan although that run might have been needed and then posting a creditable fourth to Ideal Pal at Gowran Park on his next start.

A flat winner for Ger Lyons last season, he remains with scope in this sphere and his rating of 74 is certainly workable if he can take another forward step. The application of a tongue-tie might help in that regard and he looks capable of posting a solid run in this competitive contest.

5:15 Leopardstown – “Green Room” Meld Stakes (Group 3) (3yo+) 1m1f

It is interesting that Roger Varian sends ZABEEL PRINCE to Ireland for this contest and the Lope De Vega gelding can make the trip worthwhile by landing this Group Three prize.

Steadily progressive in his younger days, his career has been littered with lengthy absences; but he showed he retained all his ability last term in winning back-to-back starts which included a French Group One contest and his stamina might have been stretched in subsequent outings over ten furlongs at the highest level behind Crystal Ocean and Enable respectively.

He was possibly amiss when last seen in the Sussex Stakes, but his record fresh is exemplary and he is 3-3 when returning from absences of more than 150 days. He’s also a soft ground winner so conditions won’t pose an issue and he should give a good account on his first outing in almost one year.

The clear pick on form, fresh is the best time to catch him and this is easier than his previous few starts so a big performance wouldn’t come as a surprise.