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Leopardstown preview

Updated: Wednesday, 03 Jul 2013 13:13 | Comments

Jim Bolger
Jim Bolger

There aren't that many runners at Leopardstown on Thursday but there is still plenty of interest, particularly in the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) Race.

Jim Bolger's Intensifed finished second to a couple of well-touted Ballydoyle colts before once more occupying the runner-up berth at the Curragh last Saturday.

He again has an Aidan O'Brien-trained stumbling block in his path, this time in the shape of Chesham Stakes also-ran Friendship, although the pick of the Coolmore team could be Mansion House, who ran out a five-length winner for David Wachman on his Limerick debut.

Exogenesis and Najm Suhail also bring winning form to the table, while Dermot Weld's debutant Backdrop hails from one of Khalid Abdullah's better families.

O'Brien's Perhaps caught many an eye when staying on into sixth at the Curragh and strives to make it second-time lucky in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden, with the Weld-trained Tahaany likely to build on an encouraging start as well.

O'Brien should also have high hopes for League Of Nations, who will head most shortlists for a competitive 'Original Rude Boys' Handicap thanks to last month's Navan victory, and Weld's best chance of the night comes with Train Of Thought in the Leopardstown Club Membership (QR) Maiden.

Bolger finally got a win out of Neophilia at Gowran Park on Tuesday and judging by that four-length stroll, she will take a power of stopping under a penalty in the Independence Day Handicap.

Talitha Kum was a couple of places ahead of Curly Wee at the Irish Derby meeting and is weighted to confirm that superiority in the opening Visit The Circle Lounge Fillies Race at 5.45pm.

Caesaria was third to Tulitha Kum at Naas back in April, since when he has let down favourite-backers at Tipperary, but he has been freshened up by Bolger and now takes in the Bulmers Original Summer Music Night Apprentice Handicap.

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