Horse racing tips: Best bets for Leopardstown and Galway

By Johnny Ward
Fri 22 Oct 2021

Our Irish racing expert Johnny Ward shares four fancies for Saturday's action. Enjoy a classy Flat card at Leopardstown and good jumping from Galway live on Racing TV and Racing TV Extra.

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We'll see if the hugely exciting Camelot-bred can live up to the hype, looks and price at Doncaster, but there's a really interesting card at Leopardstown too.

In Galway, big fields are to be solved. Be lucky.

1.20 Galway: White Pepper

Juvenile hurdlers are not for everyone but I like them and Gavin Cromwell knows how to train them, even if he told me recently he has very few this season.

White Pepper only stepped up in trip quite belatedly on the Flat but she was a good sort and should improve markedly from hurdle debut at Gowran, in which case she makes plenty of each-way appeal here even if this is a decent race. She was hammered in the betting last time.

4.00 Leopardstown: Coins Cross

He was second in two maidens before winning one at Sligo earlier this year. He had a break and made up a lot of ground at the Curragh to finish third behind ready winner and favourite Loingseoir. There looks to be a lot of pace in this race and, with many of them badly drawn, he has no excuses and should rattle home.

4.10 Galway: My Friend The Wind

JP McManus and Martin Brassil will be delighted with the lack of depth in this as Glenquin Castle bids for a fifth successive win, a hell of a feat for a horse of his ability if realised. All four wins were achieved by a length and a half or less and he is probably going to be hard to beat again, but My Friend The Wind is overpriced in a lovely each-way betting heat.

He has been 7/1 or shorter since he won at Tipperary in May and there were excuses for his disappointment last time. More to the point, three miles looks sure to suit.

4.35 Leopardstown: Quizical

Plume Noire is interesting here but from gate 13 on her third start it is like running a minor against seniors.

Quizical was not the only horse to flop at Limerick last time when it was very deep ground but he'd probably win this on his second to Sirjack Thomas at Galway and I rate Jake Coen great value for 7lb. He has won at Leopardstown and, for all that he's had plenty of chances since, the price allows for such concerns.

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