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Leopardstown preview

Updated: Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 18:27 | Comments

First race at Leopardstown on Thursday evening gets under way at 5.55pm
First race at Leopardstown on Thursday evening gets under way at 5.55pm

Leitir Mor goes for back-to-back successes in the Group 3 Ballycorus Stakes at Leopardstown on Thursday.

The son of Holy Roman Emperor showed much more when finishing runner-up in a Listed event at this venue last week and another bold bid could be on the cards.

He will have to be at his best to see off Brendan Brackan, though, as that rival was last sighted chasing home subsequent Irish 2,000 Guineas third Mustajeeb and is top-rated on official figures.

Blinkers are an interesting addition to Big Break, who has not won since 2012, but she cannot be discounted as a former Classic fourth.

Her handler Dermot Weld will be hoping for success at a more modest level than that when Pirate Cove takes her chance in the Leopardstown Club Members Handicap.

The four-year-old left some average form behind her at Dundalk and this extra yardage should suit.

Weld's Comtesse is a force to be reckoned with in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden after chasing home subsequent winner Ponfeigh here.

The Champs Elysees filly got the better of three of her reopposing rivals on that occasion and is a prime candidate for the prize.

The Leopardstown Summer Music And Racing Festival Handicap appears a tight affair, with Beyond Brilliance striving for her second victory in the space of a week.

Aidan O'Brien's filly appreciated the drop from Listed class to handicap company when scoring at Navan and a 5lb penalty shouldn't hamper her chances too much.

The Ballydoyle handler takes the wraps of an exciting newcomer in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at 5.55pm.

Rule The Waves was an expensive purchase and holds numerous eyecatching entries, including the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes, and seems the pick of the stable pair on jockey bookings.

Willie Mullins is accustomed to landing the lucky last in the National Hunt code and his Ashjar is a major contender in the Follow Leopardstown On Facebook (Q.R.) Maiden after scoring over hurdles at Tramore.

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