Wednesday tips at Leopardstown – Irish horse racing best bets

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Wednesday tips for Leopardstown’s flat racing fixture

Horse racing in Ireland continues on Wednesday with a action on the flat and we’ve looked over the day’s racing to pick out our Wednesday tips at Leopardstown.

There is more action on the flat in Ireland on Wednesday with an eight-race card going to post at Leopardstown which includes Listed action in the shape of the Heritage Stakes over a trip of one mile. The card also features some intriguing maiden action and competitive handicaps with the meeting supplementing the four in the UK.

We’ve taken a look at the day’s racecard in Ireland to pick out our Wednesday tips at Leopardstown.


2:35 Leopardstown – Leopardstown Annual Members (C & G) Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (3yo) 1m2f

KING OF THE CASTLE shaped with promise on both starts last term, finishing fourth on debut behind Roman Empire at Gowran Park and then running to a similar level at Naas when crossing the line in fifth behind Taipan.

That form looks very fair and Aidan O’Brien’s charge could improve stepped up again in trip and with better ground this time which could ought to suit the son of Galileo as he bids for a first career win.

A full-brother to the yard’s Serpentine who won the Epsom Derby he might well have progressed markedly over the winter and jockey Seamie Heffernan prefers him over the yard’s other runner which could be a clue in itself.

He ought to give a good account and every chance he can collect a first career win here.

Irish horse racing best bets. Aidan O'Brien features in our Wednesday tips at Leopardstown.

Irish horse racing best bets. Aidan O’Brien features in our Wednesday tips at Leopardstown.

3:10 Leopardstown – SPIN 1038 Handicap (4yo+ 50-80) 1m2f

FORBEARANCE is much the least exposed of these runners having had just two runs, but the Galileo filly has run to a good level and got off the mark at the second attempt when winning at Dundalk back in February.

Jessica Harrington’s charge had looked in need of the experience over this trip on turf at Naas last July, undone by greenness; but she put that lesson to good use to score a shade comfortably over Dedillon when last seen, winning easier than the narrow margin of victory might suggest.

That runner-up has won since and there may be more to come from her as she tackles handicaps now and an opening 79 rating could prove workable given her potential to improve and back on turf returning to ten furlongs she can go close.

4:20 Leopardstown – Leopardstown Racecourse Fillies Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (3yo) 1m

DIXIE BLUEBELL might prove a little vulnerable to some interesting debutantes but Jim Bolger’s charge can put her experience to good use in this contest and gain a first career win.

The Fracas filly finished third last term at Navan but ran disappointingly either side; however she did compete with St Mark’s Basilica on her debut and the minimum trip on quick ground at Tipperary might have been too sharp for her.

She shaped well back at Navan on her return although might have needed the outing before stepping up on that performance faced with seven furlongs latest at Gowran Park, eventually finishing just one length third behind Lust and this further step up in trip could unlock another jolt of improvement.

While she might ideally prefer to get her toe in a bit she could be worth chancing here with the benefit of experience and it wouldn’t be a surprise if she were to go close.

Irish horse racing best bets. Trainer Jim Bolger can get amongst the winners at Leopardstown.

Irish horse racing best bets. Trainer Jim Bolger can get amongst the winners at Leopardstown.

4:55 Leopardstown – Hollypark Handicap (3yo) 7f

SAN AER’s two runs last term weren’t devoid of promise anda the Vocalised gelding showed improved form following a break when beaten only one length into third behind Gold Phoenix over this trip at Dundalk in February.

Thomas Mullins’ charge may have undid her chances by racing keenly on that occasion, but she only faded late in the day and if she can settle a little better as she makes her handicap debut it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her get off the mark now.

A return to turf ought to be no problem in what looks a pretty ordinary contest and an initial mark of 78 looks workable aligned with Joey Sheridan’s very useful 5lbs allowance. He ought to go well in this contest and every chance he can make the frame at least.

5:30 Leopardstown – Killiney Handicap (4yo+ 50-80) 7f

ICE COLD IN ALEX could be worth chancing on his reappearance having gone well fresh in the past and the consistent son of Olden Times can get back to winning ways.

Ken Condon’s charge hasn’t tasted victory since winning over this trip at Leopardstown back in August 2018, but he has since turned in a number of very creditable results in competitive handicaps although he was possibly in the grip of the assessor for most of those.

However his mark has dipped 4lbs below his last winning rating now and if returning here at the peak of his game the he could go close with trip and ground no issue for the seven-year old despite his high draw.

He will need things to drop right for him as a result, but he’s finished in the frame in all three course and distance starts which includes a win and it wouldn’t be a shock to see him firmly involved again at the business end from a competitive mark that he could certainly exploit.