Horse racing tips: Angus McNae's Sunday bets at Leopardstown

By Angus McNae
Sat 8 May 2021

It was great to select three winners last week in my Sunday column, including the 10-1 winner of the Qipco 1000 Guineas, Mother Earth.

This week I have four selections for you at Leopardstown who host a classy looking card, live on Racing TV.

Lets hope the good run continues and this quartet do the business. Best of luck.

2.15 Leopardstown: Ace Aussie at 5-2 with Coral and BetVictor

This horse is the clear form choice here. On his seasonal bow after seven months off, he finished an excellent second in the 2000 Guineas trial at this track behind the Qipco 2000 Guineas winner, Poetic Flare.

He was beaten a length and a half having been forced wide to make his challenge and once he was on an even keel, he came home strongly and looks certain to be suited by stepping up a furlong in trip to a mile here.

He is bred to stay well and holds entries in the Cazoo Derby, and the Irish Derby. I would imagine at a track that suits front runners, he will be allowed to make the running and provide the in-form Jessica Harrington and Shane Foley with another winner.

3.15 Leopardstown: Bolshoi Ballet at a general 11-8

This horse can cement a place in the Cazoo Derby by taking this Derrinstown Stud Stakes.

His trainer, Aidan O'Brien, has farmed this race in the past, winning it with the likes of Galileo, High Chaparral and Yeats, and this colt looks to be a very smart individual.

He won the Ballysax Stakes here on his seasonal reappearance in taking fashion and drifted quite markedly in the market before that race, perhaps suggesting that the run was needed, but he still produced a very smart performance by readily defeating Group Three winner, Flying Visit.

He will be sharper for that run and can book his place in the Epsom Classic next month with a win here.

3.45 Leopardstown: Annerville at a general 5-2

Annerville caught the eye on her debut at Leopardstown in April

This daughter of Iffraaj went off unfancied at 40/1 on her debut at Leopardstown, but shaped with an infinite amount of promise.

She was only beaten a length having had to weave her way through the field from the back.

Her late headway came under just a sympathetic ride and she can be rated as being the best horse in that race.

With that experience behind her, she looks certain to go well here for the in-form Johnny Murtagh team, and is a confident selection to lose her maiden tag.

4.15 Leopardstown: Tauran Shamen at a general 5-1

This five-year-old was well-backed at the the Curragh last time but was unfortunate to meet plenty of trouble in running and therefore had no chance of winning under the circumstances.

He was only beaten a couple of lengths in the end and compensation awaits here in this competitive heat.

It is fair to say that since he won his first two career starts, he has been a bit frustrating but, as a consequence, the handicapper has relented.

He started life in handicaps off a mark of 96, but now he finds himself contesting this off a mark of 88 which gives him a bright chance of notching his third career success.

He will have to overcome stall 17 to win, but that is built into the price of around 10-1, which seems very fair.

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