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Gary O’Brien: My selections for Saturday at Leopardstown

08 Sep | analysis | BY Gary O’Brien | MIN READ TIME |
Gary O’Brien: My selections for Saturday at Leopardstown
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The Irish racing broadcaster picks out his fancies from a busy day of racing at Leopardstown.

13:45

The first is the Ingabella Stakes and I don’t think there will be much between Content and Apricot Rice judged on their last, so I’ll side with KITTY ROSE 11/4, who I quite like. She was a big price when she won at Naas on her debut just under two weeks ago, beating a smart sort of Dermot Weld’s. This will be only her second run, so you can expect plenty of improvement and I’d say there could be plenty of upsides to her.

14:15

Diego Velasquez might be very good but is very short in the betting and doesn’t represent great value, even though he might win impressively. I do think FORMAL DISPLAY 18/1 represents good each-way value, though. I’d even suggest looking at the Without The Favourite market. He was the best horse in the race when he finished second on his debut and I think there should be plenty more to come from him.

14:45

The Matron Stakes is all about TAHIYRA 5/6. She’s been superb this season and should take all of the beating again. I imagine Chris Hayes will keep it pretty simple from her good draw. I do also like Zarinsk, who has a great record here, but might be up against one in the shape of the favourite. 

15:20

The Irish Champion is a great race. I don’t have a particularly strong view on it, but I do think there are plenty of hold-up horses, so those at the front end might end up having a slight advantage as there won’t be any traffic issues. Therefore, I think AL RIFFA 8/1, who will be ridden forward, might represent some good each-way value. There should be no hard-luck stories for him.

15:55

LORD MASSUSUS 15/2 is a horse I’ve followed all season. He was given too much to do at the Curragh on Irish Derby weekend, and ran well enough behind Zarinsk after that, but it was much more like it last time when he beat Alfred Munnings. I think his price underestimates his true chance. 

16:30

I came down on VALIANT KING 11/2 in the next race.  His connections have mentioned Australia being the main target, but this would be a nice prize to collect along the way. It was a good run behind Vauban and he could have plenty more to give.

17:05

COMFORT ZONE 4/1 is the standout in the 17:05. We haven’t seen him since his run at Cheltenham in January on Trials Day, but he’s clearly ready to go again now. He won’t mind the break – he’s run well on the back of some time off before.

17:40

KAYHANA 11/1 is my selection in the last race. It was a decent race for the type last time and she ran really well. She’s improving and is lightly raced, so she’ll still be learning about her job. She’s got a good draw, too. 

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Gary O’Brien

Gary O’Brien

Widely known as ‘the voice of Irish racing’, Gary is a horse racing broadcaster, presenter, and enthusiastic racehorse owner.

Gary O’Brien

Gary O’Brien

Widely known as ‘the voice of Irish racing’, Gary is a horse racing broadcaster, presenter, and enthusiastic racehorse owner.