By The Tote Team www.tote.co.uk
Leopardstown hosts an excellent card on Thursday, which begins with a ten-runner Group 3 contest at 1pm.
The first six races make up an interesting Placepot pool and below, you’ll find some handy pointers to help get you ahead. New at Tote? Sign up today for a £10 Risk Free bet. Play the Placepot HERE
HOW'S THE GOING?
The ground at Leopardstown is described as “Good”, and with little or no rain in the forecast, we look set for a level playing field and safe ground for all competitors.
THE BIG TREND
Armory was Aidan O'Brien's Tyros winner last year
AIDAN O’BRIEN has won three of the last four and six of the last 10 renewals of the opening leg at 1:00pm. This 7f Group Three for two-year-old fillies is a ripe sounding board for the most promising fillies’ at Ballydoyle. Indeed, the race was won by the brilliant Love last year. O’Brien sends three horses this time. None of them have particularly strong form, but SNOWFALL could improve significantly for her recent maiden success at the Curragh.
Dermot Weld and Jessica Harrington have fired in 13 winners between them in the last fortnight. Their respective fillies - A Ma Chere and No Speak Alexander - also command respect.
THUNDERING NIGHTS (Leg 4, 2:30pm) finds herself in a fairly weak looking Listed contest here and Joseph O’Brien’s three-year-old has a nice, improving profile. She recorded a career-best in a decent Curragh handicap last time and was a little unlucky on the day. It is significant that connections opt for a black type on the back of that and another step forward would see her go very close.
OUTSIDER TO CONSIDER
LIEUTENANT SILVER (Leg 6, 3:30pm) scored nicely here three starts back over ten furlongs, but has subsequently failed to fire at Fairyhouse and Galway. Perhaps he is more of a left-handed track type of horse. If that’s the case, he commands a level of respect coming back to the scene of his most recent win, only 3lb higher under Gary Halpin.
Leg 3 at 2:00pm is a 7f handicap where MYRCELLA looks interesting on the speed figures, following a run of consistent efforts. A step back up to 7f might help, she has a tidy claimer up and might be underestimated in the market.
Leg 2 at 1:30pm is the colts' equivalent of the opening race and this looks an altogether hotter contest, with several horses with top profiles arriving on the back of promising wins. It could prove tricky to pick the right ones, so may pay to have a couple of contenders in your Placepot perm.
Joseph O’Brien’s STATE OF REST took another step forward here last time and his track experience is a positive. Harrington’s CADILLAC is also of interest, having clocked a good time when landing his maiden here by nine lengths early last month. Jim Bolger’s MAC SWINEY is also in the mix for places.
OUR PLACEPOT PERM
Leg 1: 1,5,9
Leg 2: 1,3,8
Leg 3: 15,18
Leg 4: 5
Leg 5: 1
Leg 6: 6,9
3 x 3 x 2 x 1 x 1 x 2 = 36 lines
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