Just one day after the 2021 Grand National, the flat takes centre stage. An excellent card at Leopardstown sees trials for both the 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas. There are also jump cards at Kelso, Plumpton and Warwick as part of our free horse racing tips for those not ready for the summer.
As with all Sunday’s on the flat in Ireland, it’s a certain Aidan O’Brien who looks to dominate. The team at Ballydoyle have started the campaign off quicker than is often the case and they send a strong team. We have looked over their runners and picked out their best five chances which make a massive 524-1 acca.
1.40 Leopardstown – Leopardstown Maiden
Having already had a pipe opener this season, HMS Seahorse can make full use of that experience. He was turned over at odds on that day but the very deep ground won’t have suited. His debut fourth on yielding looks a better representation of his talents, the front pair first and second at Group 1 level subsequently.
2.10 Leopardstown – Ballylinch Stud “Red Rocks” 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes
Horoscope has run to an identical RPR in all three of his starts, able to get his head in front for the first time on his 2021 return. He would have to improve on those to play a major role here but he is from a family who do well with age. His dam is a half-sister to Palace who is the dam of High Definition so he is bred to be decent.
2.40 Leopardstown – Ballylinch Stud “Priory Belle” 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes
There has just been a single start in the career of Empress Josephine so far, winning at Naas in March. That was an impressive performance for her debut and as a sister to Minding, it would be no surprise if she is already capable of bridging the gap between that maiden and this Group 3.
3.45 Leopardstown – P.W McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes
Bolshoi Ballet made giant strides in 2020, finishing off with a close fifth in the Criterium de Saint Cloud to close out his campaign. That is the strongest form on offer so he deserves to head the market but he is yet to encounter anything other than deep ground.
4.20 Leopardstown – Leopardstown Handicap
Having shown up well on deep ground last season, Sir Lamorak appreciated a sounder surface at Dundalk on the Polytrack to get off the mark. He encounters good ground for the first time on turf now with an opening mark of 85 potentially underestimating that level of form from last season.
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