Tuesday Leopardstown tips – Best bets for Ireland’s afternoon fixture
Get our Tuesday Leopardstown tips for a cracking racecard featuring Group Three action.
After a cracking first day of Irish horse racing from Naas following the enforced postponement of the season, the action switches to Leopardstown for the second day of racing since the ban was lifted and a cracking card awaits punters with two Group Three contests on the card including the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial.
Supported by Listed and competitive handicap action, Tuesday’s fixture at the premier Irish track is sure to be an exciting afternoon of equine action and we’ve pulled out our top Tuesday Leopardstown tips for an unmissable fixture in addition to our tips for Tuesday at Haydock and the rest of the day’s UK meetings.
TUESDAY LEOPARDSTOWN TIPS
2:00 Leopardstown – Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes (Group 3) (3yo) 1m2f
Aidan O’Brien saddles half of the six-runner field and Russian Emperor should be fitter than the rest having ran before the enforced lockdown with a success at Naas in March. However it could be worth siding with another of the Ballydoyle contingent in IBERIA who kept better company last term and the application of blinkers might spark some improvement in the Galileo colt.
A Curragh winner on his debut last July, his best effort came when finishing a close third to Royal Dornoch in the Group Two Royal Lodge Stakes having found Pinatubo too strong previously in the National Stakes.
Only Stela Star got the better of him when he was last seen in the Killavullan Stakes here where the testing ground might not have been too his liking. But stepping significantly up in trip here and with better underfoot conditions then he could well take a big forward step in the first-time headgear and he sets the standard on his juvenile exploits so no surprise if he goes well under Wayne Lordan.
2:30 Leopardstown – Leopardstown Fillies Trial Stakes (Group 3) (3yo) 7f
A big field for this Group Three and KNOW IT ALL can get back on the winning trail having shown ability in her four starts last term which included winning on her second start at the Curragh.
Johnny Murtagh’s charge then contested in Group Two company in the Debutante Stakes although she cut little ice in finishing down the field although she was only beaten around three lengths at the line. That run was followed up with a solid third to New York Girl in the Weld Park Stakes when last seen out.
The Lord Kanaloa filly was beaten less than one length in that last run, travelling well in the race but perhaps guilty of being sent for home too soon and doing too much. She gave way late in the day as a result, dropping to third but still finishing clear of the remainder including next-time winner Love Locket who reopposes here.
She’s been off eight months but if fully wound up ahead of her return to action then she could find some progress from her juvenile campaign as a three-year old and she can give a good account.
3:30 Leopardstown – Leopardstown Handicap (3yo 45-70) 7f
A step up in trip seems to have improved the fortunes of FUNNY LITTLE WAYS who scored readily when last seen in February with a defeat of Kosman over this distance at Dundalk. The Gutaifan filly returns to turf now but could follow up not inconvenienced by the different surface.
Joseph O’Brien’s charge struggled on grass last term but both starts were perhaps over a trip shorter than ideal and she showed better form on polytrack when stepped up in this longer yardage. She was well ridden last time under this rider to register a near-four lengths’ victory and while the handicapper has had his say with a 10lbs rise in the weights there may be more to come from him.
Her task is now to back up that win, but this doesn’t look a particularly strong contest and open to improvement as an unexposed sort on turf then she can go well for her top yard.
4:30 Leopardstown – Leopardstown Handicap (Div II) (4yo+ 45-65) 1m
REDDIAC showed some decent form towards the end of his spell with Ed Dunlop last term following wind surgery, making the frame on several occasions on the all-weather at Chelmsford before floundering on heavy ground on his final start back on turf at Yarmouth.
The Kodiac gelding has since joined Henry de Bromhead who starts him out in a very winnable race and the four-year old looks worth chancing on his debut for his top trainer who doesn’t have too many runners on the level so his presence here could be worth noting especially with Rachael Blackmore switching codes to take the reins.
A mark of 60 is fair on his Irish debut and he has run well off higher in the past in the UK under Ed Dunlop – he was rated as high as 71 and finished fourth at Leicester a couple of seasons ago off 69 – so he has scope to improve for the switch in stables where he rates a fascinating contender in a very winnable race.