Leopardstown Saturday Racing Preview

CeeBee previews the meeting previous known as the Hennessy Meeting at Leopardstown and he has bets that include Footpad and Good as Gold.

It’s a good card at Leopardstown today. With a few small fields and a few odds on shots it’s not the best punting card I’ve ever seen, but there are a few plays.

12.55 Spring Juvenile Hurdle - Ivanovich Gorbatov must be taken on at 4/7. Yes he was visually impressive last time (C&D) and yes the form has worked out, but it was just a maiden 3yo hurdle. He has one run and one maiden win to his name yet is 4/7 against horses with graded form.

Footpad is the one worth a small nibble. The main worry with outsiders here is they may have one eye on the Fred Winter and getting too close to Ivanovich would ruin that plan. However the application of a first time hood for this fella indicates they’re still trying. Munir is a graded horse type of guy also.

Having placed in a 3yo hurdle in France Footpad opened his account very easily at Gowran. Lagostovegas (great name) was well beaten in second. She went on to chase home Let’s Dance and Ivanovich before later opening her account at Naas. That form line is strong. Footpad chased home Jers Girl and Apples Jade at Christmas. It was a decent effort but I’m not convinced this was his true running. The ground, and weather, was horrific that day and perhaps it hindered him a little. On Thyestes day he won a miserable 3 runner 4yo hurdle which told us very little.

He’s 2 from 3 and G2 placed in Ireland so clearly very talented. If the hood brings out a little more he could definitely spring a surprise (see what I did there?)

Advised Bet:

1 point each way Footpad at 22/1 with Coral


13.25 Mares Handicap Hurdle

This is a bad race. Mares only, top rated only 119 and horses rated in the 90’s getting a run. Compare that with Good as Gold’s last effort – she was 5th of 23 in the Pierse/Coral hurdle. Traditionally one of, if not the best, handicap run in Ireland where most of the field are 130+ horses. A replication of that effort will be more than enough in this company.

A positive in that regard is Jonathon Moore takes over from Katie on-board. He’s a talented 5lb claimer who has won on this mare previously. She’s arguably running off a 5lb lower mark than last time.

Good as Gold has been rock solid all season. 4th at Naas first time (5th has won twice since, 1st, 2nd & 3rd have all won once since). Then a close 4th a Punchestown before chasing home the very well handicapped Blue Hell, Diamond King and Henry Higgins in Fairyhouse. What a race that was. She’s been kept busy with a win at Fairyhouse and 5th in the competitive Pierse in January. Despite those numerous top efforts she is just 6lbs higher now (but has a 5lb claimer up).

The mare has won over 2m2f last season and placed in this very race. There’s no obvious negatives. I always felt she was a little weak in a finish so if you’d rather back place only I wouldn’t put you off but in fairness she has looked better of late winning 2 of her last 6.

Advised Bet:

1.5 points each way Good as Gold 6/1 – Betfair Sportsbook


I can’t see any sort of bet in the Deloitte, hopefully Tombstone coms out of it looking like a Supreme horse.

Slight preference for Zabana in the Flogas, just because he’s a point bigger then the front two. They’re very tough to split. I’ll be hoping Outlander shows off his JLT credentials.

I’d give a chance of placing to 6 of the outsiders in the Irish Gold Cup (Christ get Hennessy back on-board!). The easiest way to make money on the race is arguably backing Road to Riches straight at 10/11

No opinion on the Hunters Chase