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Sunday's Tips - Four selections at Leopardstown and Longchamp

  • We've published our tips for the four big races at Leopardstown and Longchamp on Sunday 11th April
  • Leopardstown stages their 1000 and 2000 Guineas Trials on Sunday
  • There's also the Group Two Prix d'Harcourt to enjoy from Longchamp
  • Bolshoi Ballet is our best bet of the day in the Ballysax Stakes
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The Guineas Trials at Leopardstown. (Getty)

Flat racing takes over from where the Grand National left off this weekend, with four big races taking place in Ireland and France. We've taken a look through the fields for Sunday's feature races and picked out our best betting tips.

Leopardstown Tips

2000 Guineas Trial Tips

Having failed to fully see out a mile on his first start for John McConnell, A CASE OF YOU bolted up in a seven-furlong maiden at Down Royal. A Case Of You then put Lipizzaner and New Treasure to the sword to win the Group 3 Anglesey Stakes over seven furlongs.

This Hot Streak gelding was then snapped up by Gary Devlin and sent to Adrian McGuinness. On his first start for new connections at Dundalk, A Case Of You powered to a superb four-length triumph under a six-pound penalty. Despite winning a Grade Three at two, Ronan Whelan's mount doesn't carry a penalty here, and I think the track at Leopardstown is really going to suit. His price for the 2000 Guineas may be a lot shorter than 66/1 come Sunday evening.

1000 Guineas Trial Tips

Empress Josephine is a full sister to the great Minding, and won nicely on her racecourse debut at Naas two weeks ago. She's sure to progress all the way to the top this year, but looks more of a staying prospect and could find seven-furlongs on good ground a little stiff.

Shale won a Group One as a juvenile last season, and Ryan Moore takes the ride. However, I think this test is really going to suit the speedy LOCH LEIN, and she's perfectly placed to run after being drawn in stall one.

Jessica Harrington's filly finished a close third behind two 90-rated fillies on debut, before crossing the line just a length behind St Mark's Basilica on her next start at the Curragh. Shane Foley's mount then made all the running to win a maiden over six-furlongs, powering clear in the closing stages to win by six lengths. Loch Lein will love Leopardstown, and she offers plenty of each-way appeal.

Ballysax Stakes Tips

Aiden O'Brien brought BOLSHOI BALLET over to Newmarket for her debut last October, and she ran on well to finish third after getting outpaced heading into the dip. Following an easy win over a mile here at Leopardstown, Bolshoi Ballet entered the Group One Criterium Saint-Cloud. Pierre Charles-Boudout rode his mount like a stayer, laying up with eventual winner Gear Up throughout, but O'Brien's filly soon began to paddle on heavy ground and faded back to fifth.

Ryan Moore takes the ride at Leopardstown, a track we know she likes and good ground is usually ideal for Aidan O'Brien's runners. I'm confident Bolshoi Ballet is the classiest horse in this race, and she could progress into a live Epsom Oaks contender over the next few weeks.

Longchamp Tips

Prix d'Harcourt Tips

Mare Australis2:45pm Prix d'Harcourt (Group 2) (4yo+) (Grande Course) 1m2fGET 11/2 HERE
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It's very rare you see good-to-firm going in France, especially on a big race day. So, while Skaletti and Gold Trip bring the best form to the table, the Irish-bred MARE AUSTRALIS may take to fast ground better than her rivals.

Andre Fabre's mare finished a strong fourth behind Port Guillaume and Gold Trip last season, before grinding out a Listed win over 12 furlongs at Chantilly. On her final three-year-old start, Mare Australis lost out on the head-bob to Baron Samedi in the Group Two Prix du Conseil, despite being one of the first to come off the bridle.

Dropping back to 10-furlongs shouldn't be a problem for this daughter of Australia. If she's improved between three and four, then Mare Australis can give the favourite's a run for their money.

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