Angus McNae’s Sunday Bets at Leopardstown
It was great to pick three winners last week in my Sunday column, including the 10-1 winner of the Qipco 1000 Guineas, Mother Earth.
This week I have four picks for you at Leopardstown that host a sleek looking map, live on Racing TV.
Hopefully the good race will continue and this quartet will do. Good luck.
2.15 Leopardstown: Ace Aussie at 5-2 with Coral and BetVictor
This horse is the clear form choice here. On his seasonal arc after a seven-month hiatus, he finished an excellent second in the 2000 Guineas trial on this track behind Qipco 2000 Guineas winner Poetic Flare.
He was beaten by a length and a half after being forced to take on his challenge and once he was on an even pin he came home strongly and seems certain to be fit by stepping up a furlong of travel. a mile here.
He is bred to stay healthy and holds entries in the Cazoo Derby and Irish Derby. I imagine on a track that is suitable for lead runners he will be allowed to run and provide Jessica Harrington and Shane Foley fit another winner.
3.15 Leopardstown: Bolshoi Ballet in a 11-8 General
This horse can cement a place in the Cazoo Derby by taking this Derrinstown Stud Stakes.
His trainer, Aidan O’Brien, has cultivated this race in the past, winning it with Galileo, High Chaparral and Yeats, and this colt appears to be a very intelligent individual.
He won the Ballysax Stakes here in his seasonal reappearance taking the fashion and drifted quite clearly in the market before this race, perhaps suggesting that the race was necessary, but he still produced a very intelligent performance in beating. easily the winner of group 3, Flying Visit.
He will be sharper for this race and can reserve his place in the Epsom Classic next month with a win here.
3.45 Leopardstown: Annerville to a general 5-2
Annerville drew attention to her Leopardstown debut in April
This daughter of Iffraaj went unpaid at 40/1 when she debuted at Leopardstown, but shaped with an endless amount of promise.
She was only beaten by a length after having to make her way through the field from behind.
Her late progress was only sympathy and she can be considered the best horse in this race.
With that experience behind her, she seems certain to be doing well here for Johnny Murtagh’s in-form squad, and is a confident selection to lose her first tag.
4.15 Leopardstown: Tauran Shamen in a 5-1 general
The five-year-old was well supported at the Curragh last time around, but he was unlucky to run into a lot of difficulties in the race and therefore had no chance of winning under the circumstances.
He was only beaten a few lengths at the end and some compensation awaits him here in this competitive round.
It’s fair to say that since winning his first two career starts he’s been a little frustrating but, as a result, the handicapper has relented.
He started his life with disabilities with a rating of 96, but now he finds himself challenging that with a mark of 88, which gives him a shining chance for his third career success.
He’ll have to overcome stall 17 to win, but that is built into the price of around 10-1, which feels very fair.
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