Brendan Duke: It could pay to play on Operatic Export at Leopardstown

Some decent trials at the Foxrock course on Sunday but Jim Bolger's filly could be underestimated in the fillies handicap at 4pm.


It’s an interesting card at Leopardstown on Sunday. There are three Group races including the Group 3 Amethyst Stakes, Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas and Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial.

One that gets the punting juices flowing though is Operatic Export in the fillies handicap (16.00). She won a maiden at the course in August. She beat a solid yardstick that day in Fire Fly. There was a bit of word about before her seasonal bow last month in a 1,000 Guineas Trial. It was easy to see why.

She had done particularly well physically over the winter. I was expecting a big run. She finished last. I can’t believe that was her running. She steps up in trip on Sunday from 7 furlongs to 10 furlongs. That will likely suit. Her dismal return should ensure we get decent odds. A mark of 92 could easily underestimate her.

It’s worth chancing that she can bounce back.

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