Sunday Irish horse racing tips – Best bets at Leopardstown and Killarney

Sunday Irish horse racing tips. Leopardstown and Killarney fill the day's schedule.Sunday Irish horse racing tips. Leopardstown and Killarney fill the day's schedule.

Sunday Irish horse racing tips 9 May

There’s more Irish horse racing action taking place on Sunday with racing both over the sticks and on the flat; we’ve picked out our Sunday Irish horse racing tips and best bets for both fixtures.

The Irish horse racing action continues unabated on Sunday with more classy action on the flat and over jumps where 16 races will unfold across both of the day’s fixture in Ireland.

The day’s flat racing sees Classic Trials on the agenda at Leopardstown with the Irish 1000 Guineas Trial and Derrinstown Derby Trial both on the agenda; while over the sticks at Killarney there is Listed action over hurdles on a competitive card.

We’ve looked over both fixtures to pick out our Sunday Irish horse racing tips and best bets.


2:15 Leopardstown – Amethyst Stakes (Group 3) (3yo+) 1m

NUMERIAN might be worth chancing at a decent price to get back on the winning trail and Joseph O’Brien’s charge can give a good account here.

The Holy Roman Emperor won on his reappearance last March when successful in a Listed contest at Naas and although he was winless for the remainder of the campaign he did make the frame in five of his six subsequent starts following the Covid-19 restart to the season.

Those near-misses included behind impressive Chester scorer Armory and when denied only by Amma Grace here in October; he lost both those contests by only a neck and he’s continued to run well in defeat this term where he’s shaped better than the bare result each time.

A drop to one mile for this latest outing shouldn’t present any issues given there’s likely to be plenty of pace on and the top-rated horse in the field can go close with Shane Crosse in the plate.

3:15 Leopardstown – Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes (Group 3) (3yo) 1m2f

BOLSHOI BALLET made an impressive return to action over this course and distance last month, readily beating Flying Visit to win the Ballysax Stakes and Aidan O’Brien’s charge is likely to prove a tough nut to crack here.

The Galileo colt had won here also last term as a juvenile and despite winning well latest he hinted that he’d be even better for the run so he’s sure to be a lot sharper now which can elicit further improvement.

Aidan O’Brien has used this race as a stepping stone for some of his best horses and likely to have better to come on the back of his return he can take this Group Three prize.

He had three of today’s rivals well beaten in that recent reappearance and ought to confirm the form; he could prove hard to beat here with progress anticipated and he can prove another top one from the Ballydoyle team in this race.

Sunday Irish horse racing tips. Aidan O'Brien can win the Sunday feature at Leopardstown with Bolshoi Ballet.

Sunday Irish horse racing tips. Aidan O’Brien can win the Sunday feature at Leopardstown with Bolshoi Ballet.

3:30 Killarney – Kelly Farm Modernisation Ltd Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) (4yo+) 2m1f

LIGNOU ended a relatively disappointing run of form when getting back on the scoresheet at Kilbeggan last month and Noel Meade’s charge could follow up here with confidence hopefully restored.

The Rajsaman gelding had also won at Gowran Park back in October and having shaped as if better for the run when sixth at Fairyhouse in April he stepped up on that performance when gaining a neck verdict over Hewick under this rider, digging deep.

The pair pulled well clear of the rest and he remains with scope to do better back in the handicap ranks from 6lbs higher although Eoin Walsh’s claim helps to offset that rise in the ratings.

Assuming he can hold onto the sort of form he turned in last time then he can give another good account in this competitive handicap contest and he looks a fair each-way shout with a repeat.

5:00 Killarney – J O C Metal Fabrication Handicap Chase (5yo+ 0-109) 2m4f

MARSHALLED has shown improved form over fences in recent starts, making the frame in his last three which includes successive runner-up finishes at Clonmel; Padraig Roche’s charge can get off the mark now over the larger obstacles.

The Flemensfirth gelding is one of five in the race carrying JP McManus’ colours and stable jockey Mark Walsh has landed on him which could prove significant; the pair have combined for recent placed efforts at Navan and Clonmel over fences and won together as a partnership over hurdles at the latter-named venue during the 2019/20 season.

He was beaten four lengths by Spancil Hill last time, unable to find a change of gear late on which is a slight worry over this shorter trip; but first-time cheekpieces now deployed can eke out a little more and he ought to be in the mix again from just 1lb higher.