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Mick Halford’s isn’t well treated on official ratings but we still fancy him to win this here. He was very useful as a 3yo, finishing a good sixth in the Irish Guineas before winning the Amethyst Stakes here. He then finished this season by going down a shorthead to Safe Voyage in the Boomerand Mile. That string of results is by far and away the best form in this race and being by Kingman, you’d imagine he’ll have plenty to offer in his 4yo campaign. Fourhometwo comes out best at the weights and won a decent handicap off a mark of 99 last time. He’s the biggest danger here.


Sarah Lynam’s charge made an encouraging reappearance at this track back in April. Racking up a hat-trick of wins over the winter at Dundalk, he was dropped to 7f for his seasonal bow, just getting outpaced a furlong out before staying on well again. On that evidence, the step up to 9f here should suit and he seemed to get a mile well on the all-weather. His handler has been having a good season so far, particularly on the artificial surface with six winners from 11 runners. She’ll be hoping to translate some of that form to the turf here and looks to have a good chance of doing so.


Things didn’t quite pan out for Peter Fahey’s mare at Roscommon last time. Dropped out at the back of the field and pushed along 4f out, she had to plot a wide course but stayed on well. If she can get back to her run at Sligo, when having a torrid time round but still managing to finish a close second to So I Told You, who followed up emphatically next time out. She’s 3lb higher than when scoring at this track last summer, but has won off as high as 87 in the past, so still looks feasibly treated here, with Jamie Powell negating a further half a stone. She looks like a solid each-way play.

Flying Visit

You can pick holes in a fair few near the top of the betting, so we’ll be taking an each-way chance on Flying Visit. Jim Bolger’s already having a season to remember and Flying Visit could well snatch some each-way money here. He was far too keen at York before disappointing on heavy ground at the Curragh last time. However, if he can get back to his 2l second to Bolshoi Ballet over 1m2f here, then he would have an excellent chance. He finished ahead of Fernando Vichi that day, so he looks a fair bet at the potential payouts. The Mediterrenean is unlikely to go to Epsom on Saturday but could be the biggest danger here.

About Leopardstown Racecourse

About Leopardstown

Leopardstown racecourse, located just 6 miles south of Dublin centre, was completed in 1888 and was modelled on Sandown racecourse in England. The track is situated in a 220 acre estate and is a left-handed oval track. Leopardstown hosts both National Hunt and Flat racing, including the famous Christmas festival, Dublin Racing Festival and Longines Irish Champions weekend. The 'Bulmers Live at Leopardstown' music festival also takes place every summer between June and August.

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