A busy spell of Irish racing continues with two well supported fixtures this evening. Leopardstown stages the higher quality racing featuring the €60,000 Guaranteed Ballyroan Stakes.
The preceding fillies handicap at 6.15 is likely to be a lively betting heat with a number of interesting contenders. The standout bet on a value basis is the M D O’ Callaghan-trained Typhoon Lily who has some smart form to her name and who has surprisingly been chalked up in double figures by most firms including a quote of 16-1 from bet 365. The daughter of Unbridled Song ran the useful Precious Stone close at Dundalk a few months back and was far from disgraced against decent opposition in a small conditions race at Ascot in May. Again not disgraced when mid division in the Sandringham Handicap on her most recent start, she could emerge as a lively player.
Despite having the least amount of prize money on offer, arguably the most interesting race of the evening is the 21 runner nine furlong handicap at 7.55. Carenza looked progressive when winning last time but she races off a significantly higher mark here and accordingly might be vulnerable. A sporting selection is the consistent Janna’s Jingle who has been knocking on the door all season and remains handicapped to land a race of this nature. She was a good fourth at Naas a couple of starts ago and ran quite well at Galway last week where her jockey Tadhg O’ Shea gave her an ill-judged ride committing for home far too soon. A hard race there on heavy ground is the main concern today but if none the worse for that run she should be competitive again.
The action concludes with a two-mile handicap at 8.30. A tentative vote is given to the John Oxx-trained Mourani to fend off likely stiff competition from Weather Watch and Giant’s Quest. The son of Dalakhani boasts a lovely stayers pedigree and confirmed the impression that he is improving when running out a snug winner of the Apprentices Derby at The Curragh. The dam’s side of the pedigree suggests he will have no bother staying two miles so provided Declan McDonagh does not ride him too aggressively in the early stages, he should not be far away at the business end.
Over at Sligo, Gentlemans Duke looks to have a fair opportunity in the opening maiden hurdle. Arthur Moore’s gelding contested a number of top handicap hurdles last season and although he is no star, he could have enough in the tank to see off main market rival Donatis Comet.
Leopardstown 6.15: 1 pt ew TYPHOON LILY (16-1,bet 365)
Leopardstown 7.55: 1 pt ew JANNA’S JINGLE (12-1, Bet Victor/ Ladbrokes)
Leopardstown 8.30: 0.75 pt WIN MOURANI (7-2 , GENERAL)
Sligo 5.35: 2 pts win GENTLEMAN DUKE (3-1 General)
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