Johnny Ward's Irish Angle: Top tips for Galway and Leopardstown on Saturday

By Johnny Ward
Fri 23 Oct 2020

Our Irish racing expert has four fancies for the racing action at Galway and Leopardstown on Saturday - watch how his selections fare live on Racing TV.

From Doncaster to Galway – it’s a cracking day of racing on Saturday, and a treasure to have such action in these tough times.

Here are four for you in Ireland, with jump racing finally getting into gear, and the winter not seeming so bleak.

Leopardstown hosts a smart Flat card, and I've gone for three there plus one at Galway. Best of luck.

1.55 Leopardstown: Horoscope

This one may be called Horoscope, but few could have predicted what he has become.

His dam, Inca Wood, hardly seemed a likely sort for breeding when she finished her career tailed off in a Downpatrick handicap hurdle off 79 in 2008.

Moreover, six of her progenies have raced, but only one has won, so it is a mystery to me how a No Nay Never-bred, owned by Coolmore, came into being, but there you are.

A fine stamp of a horse, he made very nice late gains from a bad draw, and position, at the Curragh behind stablemate Khartoum.

2.29 Leopardstown: Amber Kite

She faced a near impossible task in trying to beat Magnanimous at Cork, but she gave it a good go.

She's been really consistent, and her recent run at Naas in a lucrative auction race was notable, as she met a wall of horses when staying on nicely in what was a much hotter race than this. She also has a great attitude.

3.57 Galway: Impatient Partner

A horse that has been on my radar for some time, though it is pretty obvious, given his bumper form.

He has been eye-catching twice over hurdles and looks potentially very well-handicapped for a stable having a sensational campaign.

The betting will be interesting, as JP McManus has two others in this race.

4.49 Leopardstown: Melburnian

Tony Martin's horses are often a prisoner to how strong the pace is in a race and that's true of Melburnian, but Colin Keane is the best in the business, and she has a massive chance on her course win here 12 months ago.

Expect it to be a late show, and let’s hope she gets luck in running.

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