Horse racing tips: 5 best bets for Leopardstown on Sunday

After picking three winners last week, PPTV's James Shortt chooses another five flutters.


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13:55 – Ballykeel

It’s not the strongest of Leopardstown cards as you can imagine with Cheltenham just over a week away, but hopefully BALLYKEEL can kick off the day with a winner for us in Foxrock. I thought Jack Kennedy looked after this horse once beaten in the latter stages of his rules debut behind The Nice Guy at Naas and I’m hopeful he’ll break his maiden here for the Cullentra House team.

There’s more improvement to come from the son of Presenting with the form of that run enhanced by the subsequent victory of Ramillies at Thurles last week. Elsewhere, Harald Hardrad is the main danger for Noel Meade having finished fourth at Naas last month and now returns to this longer trip following his effort behind Watdeawant at Navan last December.


15:05 – Hollymount

There’s very little strength in depth to this 2-mile 4-furlong Mares Maiden Hurdle which will be won by HOLLYMOUNT for Gordon Elliott and Jack Kennedy. The Bective Stud owned mare has only raced twice over hurdles following a bumper victory for Stuart Crawford at Carlise and graded efforts behind Grangee at both Leopardstown and Punchestown last season. She comes here fresh having not raced since last November and should see off this opposition, with Joseph O’Brien’s Vibrance the main danger for me.



15:40 – Paddy Wickla

PADDY WICKLA has been very progressive and consistent for connections this season and can return to winning ways in this 2-mile 4-furlong Mares Handicap Hurdle. The Philip Rothwell trained mare likes to race from off the pace and has been knocking on the door since her last victory at Clonmel in September. The daughter of Leading Light can uphold the form with Cute Cherry and Elusive Touch from Punchestown and should be there or there abouts once again under James O’Sullivan.



16:50 – Winter Escape

This looks a competitive handicap chase with several of these meeting again following runs here at Leopardstown behind Birchdale at the Dublin Racing Festival. Mark McDonagh gave the winner a cracking ride on that occasion and now takes the mount on WINTER ESCAPE for JP McManus and Aidan Howard. The young jockey is excellent value for his claim and last month gave Young Dev a fantastic wining ride for Denis Hogan at Punchestown.

It’s been a while between drinks for Winter Escape with his last victory coming off 135 at Listowel in September 2020. He’s been very consistent without winning since with five placed efforts racing between 133 and 138 on official ratings. His third to Conflated at Navan last December looks solid form now, and with McDonagh taking off his valuable 7Ibs, it’s hard to look beyond him in this one.

17:20 – The Four Sixes

A closing bumper here at Leopardstown with the majority of these making their racing debuts excluding the Andrew Lynch trained El Capitaine who was well beaten at Naas last month. The market will prove a guide as always with Gordon Elliott and Jamie Codd teaming up with THE FOUR SIXES.

The son of Westerner has a nice pedigree and is related to plenty of winners, including Innovated, King Of Strings, Cobra Angel and Flemencello – two of them making winning debuts in bumpers. Elsewhere, Ballybawn Belter looks interesting for Liz Doyle while Joshua Des Flos, a half-brother to Balko Des Flos is another for the shortlist under the care of Stuart Crawford.

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