1.50 John Fitzpatrick Agricultural Contractor Maiden 7f

It might be worth taking a chance on Corporal Violette on her seasonal debut. Ger Lyons’s filly finished second on both of her starts last season, most notably in the Irish EBF Auction Series Final at Naas, where she came clear with Lady Of Innishfree in that valuable heat. That looks the best form on offer and though she faces rivals who have race fitness on side, she could still prove good enough.

Joseph O’Brien’s Schiele looks the biggest danger. He has finished third on all three starts, most recently on his seasonal debut behind Baroque Artist at Limerick.


Next best: Schiele

2.25 Clayton Hotel Leopardstown Fillies Maiden 1m2f

Ark can get off the mark at the third time of asking. Mid-division in a big field Curragh maiden on her only start at two, she improved significantly from that to finish third to stablemate Emily Dickinson at Naas last month. That filly takes on an Oaks trial at Lingfield today and had race fitness on side when facing Ark, so it was a good run from the daughter of Galileo.

Star Angel will be popular given the way the form has worked out from the maiden she contested at this track on her debut run. She finished a respectable sixth in that heat and both the first and second fought out the finish to the Cheshire Oaks this week.


Next best: Star Angel

3.00 Captain Dara Fitzpatrick Memorial Maiden 1m4f

Donnacha O’Brien’s First Emperor could only manage fifth of seven at this track first time up but he ran greenly, done for speed just before the straight, before picking up towards the end of his race. He should have learned plenty and as it turned out, the race was a good one, with this week’s Chester scorer Temple Of Artemis just ahead of him in third.

Waterville was the subject of very positive reports prior to his debut at the Curragh but he was a disappointing odds-on favourite there and might be worth watching for the timebeing. Fourofakind gets the second vote, as he showed good progress from his first to second starts and will be a threat if he can continue his upward trajectory.


Next best: Fourofakind

3.35 Fund A New Home For Festina Lente Handicap 1m4f

Hymn Book Too is potentially nicely treated off a mark of 82. Jim Bolger’s filly got off the mark in determined fashion at Tipperary last time but it was her penultimate run at this track that makes most appeal, having finished third to Cheshire Oaks first two Above The Curve and Thoughts Of June. Those fillies will be rated in the 100s now and in general, that Leopardstown race has worked out very well.

Yashin gets the second vote after he caught the eye in fourth on his comeback effort at this track. That was better than the standard of his two runs last year and it’s interesting that he takes a big step up in trip now.


Next best: Yashin

4.05 Cornelscourt Stakes

(Group 3) 1m

Agartha is the one to beat, but she is drawn wide, has to concede weight all around again and this race is choc full of unexposed fillies who could improve, and it might be worth taking a chance on one at a bigger price.

Panama Red made some appeal as she ran better than her finishing position suggested in the 1,000 Guineas Trial over a furlong shorter here last time, but the vote goes to Show Of Stars.

On the face of it, her fifth in the Salsabil Stakes at Navan was a little disappointing, but she was held up off a slow pace and just couldn’t get involved in that contest when the likes of Concert Hall and Magical Lagoon quickened up inside the final three furlongs.

She still did well to finish a closing-in fifth, and she comes back to a mile now, which is interesting. She will also benefit from the race fitness and it won’t be a surprise if she runs a lot better.

History makes her first start at three, having won her maiden at the third attempt at Gowran last September.

She is worth considering for the in-form O’Brien-Moore axis while her stablemate Lullaby could get a nice lead, and is potentially dangerous from the front under Seamie Heffernan.


Next best: Panama Red

4.35 Derby Trial Stakes (Group 3)

It’s hard to take on Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore after the week they’ve had and it’s interesting the former relies solely on Stone Age. He didn’t win last season but he was second in the Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud and he got off the mark easily in a Navan maiden on his first start this term.

That said, French Claim won as easy as that in a better race at Cork and he is less exposed and so potentially open to more improvement than Stone Age.

His fourth to Duke De Sessa and Piz Badile in the Eyrefield Stakes last season looks good form and that was just his second start, similarly to the latter, who has improved significantly this term.

Duke De Sessa opposes him again but Piz Badile reversed form with him in the Ballysax so he just has a little to prove now, for all that he remains a colt of significant promise.


Next best: Stone Age

5.05 Amethyst Stakes (Group 3)

It might be worth taking a chance on the sole three-year-old in the line-up Ivy League who was a taking winner of a Naas handicap last time out. On just his third start, he travelled and picked up well that day, before showing greeness by drifting right across the track late on, but still winning by three and a half lengths. He has lots of scope to improve further now and receives a significant amount of weight from his main rivals.

Two of Patrick Sarsfield’s fours wins have come at this track and he is an interesting proposition coming back to a mile. A consistent sort, it seems more likely than not that he can run close to his 109 rating which will set a fair standard. Real Appeal concedes 5lbs to him and may not be firing on all cylincers on this his seasonal debut.


Next best: Patrick Sarsfield

5.35 Visit The Kids Play Area At Leopardstown Handicap 1m2f

Evergreen And Red has finished second on his last three starts over hurdles and holds a respectable rating of 120 in that sphere which makes him interesting off a flat mark of 71. He was very consistent last season, finishing outside the top five just once in nine starts and looks sure to go well again.

Moracana and Entropy renew rivalry after finishing first and second in a handicap over this course and distance last month. The second gets a 4lb swing at the weights but is worse off on the draw, so Sheila Lavery’s four-year-old is taken to confirm the form, and may well be able to register a course-and-distance hat-Trick after winning his maiden here also last October.


Next best: Moracana