Sunday tips for Leopardstown – Best bets for the day’s Irish racing

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Get our Sunday tips for Leopardstown as we assess a competitive eight-race card in Ireland on Sunday.

After some top-class racing at the Curragh for the Irish Guineas Festival, horse racing in Ireland heads back to Leopardstown on Sunday where a competitive card awaits punters where eight races will go to post headed by the Listed pair of the Noblesse Stakes and the Saval Beg Levmoss Stakes.

Supported by some competitive handicap action, it promises to be another cracking afternoon of racing action in the Emerald Isle and Brian Healy gives his Sunday tips for Leopardstown where he has four best bets.


3:00 Leopardstown – Saval Beg Levmoss Stakes (Listed Race) (4yo+) 1m6f

TWILIGHT PAYMENT gave the reopposing Falcon Eight 3lbs and a beating when taking this prize twelve months ago and Joseph O’Brien’s charge can repeat the dose here to successfully defend his title.

Trained then by Jim Bolger, he followed up by winning the Curragh Cup on his next start prior to joining this yard although his progress seemed to stall in three outings for his current handler although he ran a respectable race in the Melbourne Cup where he finished in midfield.

Seventh when last seen out racing at Riyadh, he returns to action here where he reopposes with Dermot Weld’s runner on level weights and if he can recapture the sort of form he showed in his wins last term then he can collect this prize for a second year.

He has run well fresh in the past and has a decent record at this track with a win and three places from his four starts so another big run is expected now the trainer’s runners are beginning to find their stride.

Trainer Joseph O'Brien

Joseph O’Brien features in our Sunday tips for Leopardstown

3:35 Leopardstown – Holden Plant Rental Handicap (4yo+ 45-65) 1m4f

In a weak contest it might be worth chancing RIP ROCKS PADDY OK who hasn’t been seen racing on the flat for the thick end of 700 days but has campaigned over hurdles with some degree of success.

Andrew Slattery’s charge showed only moderate form in his first spell on the level; but he fared better faced with hurdles and he finished a very creditable sixth in a strong maiden hurdle contest at Punchestown prior to finding only one too good at Clonmel.

Subsequently a Cork winner, he struggled in handicaps thereafter; but back on the level from a basement handicap mark and with a good claimer booked then he might be worth chancing in a poor race where conditions will prove no issue.

He’s 7lbs wrong in the weights, officially rated only 38; but if he were to translate the pick of his hurdles form back on the flat then he would surely go close.

4:10 Leopardstown – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Noblesse Stakes (Listed Race) (Fillies & Mares) (4yo+) 1m4f

HELIAC can continue her progression with another success and Ger Lyons’ charge showed good form last term to win three of her four starts in maidens and handicaps. The Champs Elysees filly takes another step up the ladder here trying Listed company.

Last seen scoring over ten furlongs on the all-weather at Dundalk, she goes up further in trip for this return which ought to suit and the form of her last win with the third and fourth horses both winning since albeit at a lesser level.

This will be tougher upped in class, but she likely has better to come in the campaign ahead and no surprise if she finds another jolt of improvement to register further success for her Classic-winning handler.

Irish trainer Ger Lyons

Ger Lyons can saddle a winner for our Sunday tips for Leopardtown column.

5:45 Leopardstown – Leopardstown Handicap (3yo 50-80) 7f

CONFIDENCE HIGH is quickly turned out under a penalty having scored impressively over course and distance just five days ago; assuming this run doesn’t come too soon then Andrew Oliver’s charge can land a quick double.

The Kodiac gelding produced a mixed bag in four starts last campaign, but he improved markedly for the absence when running out a comfortable three lengths’ winner over David Garrick here on Wednesday past and a repeat of that could see him strike again.

A 6lbs penalty for that success leaves him well in at the weights and he’s due to go up a further 9lbs in the handicap in future runs so he’s very well treated in a quick follow-up bid where he sets the standard on that run and he could prove ahead of his mark if recent exertions haven’t left a mark.