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Leopardstown Preview: Aim to back outsiders whilst hoping that Atlas gets beaten


Syndicate Captain Reakesy has turned his attention to Thursday’s Leopardstown card in a bid to tackle the Place 6 pool. If you agree with his selections, you can join his Syndicate.


17:45 – Fillies’ Maiden

These types of races are always capable of throwing up a surprise result, with some of these juveniles having little or no form in the book. This particular race is dominated by the big yards, with the O’Brien’s throwing in four of their two-year-old prospects between them.

A New Dawn had issues in-running at The Curragh which prevented a much stronger finish and, on that basis, should go close.

Feminista is the only runner with more than a single run in the form book and, before she disappointed when stepping up to Group 3 company, had two solid place runs under her belt. She can improve again and her experience should make her competitive.

Love is an unraced Galileo filly. The sister to Flattering and Oaks runner Peach Tree, I’ve thrown her in as an outsider on pedigree in the hope of a good run first time out.

Selections: A New Dawn, Feminista, Love


18:20 – 3yo Rated Race

Basic Law turns up with impressive three-year-old form and can be expected to take another step forward here for the Ger Lyons and Colin Keane duo.

The lightly-raced Western Dawn is likely to provide the biggest threat after staying on well to win a Naas Maiden. On that basis the extra furlong won’t be an issue.

Those two should be enough here though I’ll be praying for no non-runners in this one to avoid it becoming a win-only pool.

Selections: Basic Law, Western Dawn


18:50 – Glencairn Stakes

The experienced Flight Risk was only beaten by half a length on his seasonal return. The Group 3 winner appeared to retain plenty of ability in that run and is 5lbs well in on his nearest rival on the basis of his official rating of 110.

Royal Hunt Cup winner Settle For Bay has not really fired since that triumph. That form would put him right in the mix but he’s still 6lbs higher than that day and was behind Anne Fior, Texas Rock and Surrounding last time out without any real sign that he’d be able to reverse that form.

The winner, Surrounding, saw it out well under pressure and a 3lb rise is unlikely to prevent another bold showing. Back down to her last winning mark Yulong Gold Fairly can also go better for Dermot Weld as she steps down in class from Group company.

Selections: Flight Risk, Surrounding, Yulong Gold Fairy


19:25 – 50-80 Handicap

A competitive 50-80 handicap which should whittle the units down significantly.

Atlas is a likely favourite but he’ll have to carry top weight in order to claim this one so I’ll look elsewhere in the hope of getting him beaten.

Encantador was second by three-quarters of a length when Atlas won here in April but was giving him a pound that day. A 3lb swing in her favour makes her look like a player and a value option who may be under-backed based on early prices.

On the basis of that form Mutadaawel, second at the Curragh on his last run and seven lengths ahead of Encantandor in receipt of 2lbs, must also be thrown in.

Colin Keane’s mount Treble Cone was a neck behind Mutadaawel that day. He is a course and distance winner and the champion jockey can have him in the mix.

Selections: Encantador, Mutadaawel, Treble Cone


19:55 – King George Cup

A disappointing field of three for this renewal. As a win only leg I’m going to cover the field with preference for Rakan on the basis of his run in a Derby trial behind Broome.

Ultimately, however, we’ll hope to have him beaten given the likely spread of units in his favour.

Selections: Barbados, Rakan, Eminent Authority


20:30 – Apprentice Handicap

A tough final race with nothing jumping out, so I’ll take a punt on an outsider to hit the frame.

Joseph O’Brien saddles Grey Waters who is better known for his National Hunt exploits but can take advantage of what appears to be a favourable mark of 69. Dropped back in trip and on turf once again, the mare should give a reasonable account.

Time for Mabel won at the track under Gavin Ryan’s stewardship last time out and he takes the ride again taking off four pounds. There is a hike for that success but he can produce a good showing once again for a place.

Selections: Grey Waters, Time For Mabel

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