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The Leopardstown Christmas Festival – Mon 27/12/2022

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Paddy Power ‘I Have No Idea What Day It Is’ 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle 3YO only, 21 Runners,  2m

This could be between the two JP McManus-owned runners TEKAO (13) and GOODIE TWO SHOES (17) with narrow preference for the first mentioned having the benefit of hurdling experience. If building on his sound debut third at Navan may go close. The latter showed a fair amount of ability on the level and looks an interesting recruit to hurdling alongside ALMUHIT (1) who wears first-time cheekpieces. ZANNDABAD (16) is also considered.


Paddy Power ‘From The Horse’s Mouth Podcast’ Beginners Chase 4YO plus,  6 Runners,  2m 1f

All eyes will be on DYSART DYNAMO (2) who if granted a clear round could make a winning chase debut given his superiority to this field over hurdles. SLIP OF THE TONGUE (5) might be the one to follow him home having shown promise on chasing debut when fourth in a decent event at Navan. DUFFLE COAT (1) held some fair form tackling the smaller obstacles and will likely go well if taking to first-time cheekpieces now chasing. IRASCIBLE (3) heads the rest.


Paddy’s Rewards Club Chase (Grade 1) 5YO plus, 7 Runners,  Class 1,  2m 1f

Although now a ten-year-old the high-class CHACUN POUR SOI (4) remains an attractive proposition. The Willie Mullins six-time G1 winner was by no means disgraced when runner-up to a stablemate in the G1 Punchestown Champion Chase in April and can make a winning reappearance. Once again the main danger could come from the same yard with the progressive BLUE LORD (2) likely to deliver a bold bid following success in the G2 Clonmel Oil Chase on return. Recent G2 Fortia Chase winner CAPTAIN GUINNESS (3) must enter calculations with conditions to suit while GENTLEMAN DE MEE (6) is one for the exotics.


Careers At dornangroup.com Novice Handicap Hurdle 4YO plus, 18 Runners, 2m

LOW STYLE (14) returns after a break of three months. Fell last start on chase debut at Cork and may make amends. DUTCH SCHULTZ (3) could improve returning to steeplechasing whilst BROOKIE (8) looks progressive. This last start maiden hurdle winner at Limerick can be considered. CHANGING THE RULES (2) is yet to find the frame in two runs this campaign but hasn’t been too far away attempting two hurdle races and deserves another chance.


Paddy Power ‘Je Suis Une Baguette’ Handicap Hurdle 4YO plus, 14 Runners,  2m

ONE LAST TANGO (13) reverts to handicap company having readily brushed aside his rivals in a novice hurdle at Wexford. Now races much higher in the weights than when winning at Punchestown in October but looks to be progressive and is selected to complete a hat-trick. WINTER FOG (4) rates an interesting contender having joined a top yard since finishing a decent fifth tackling a handicap hurdle at Killarney in May. Narrow Naas winner WATCH HOUSE CROSS (3) can remain competitive up in weight given his unexposed hurdling profile. Others to note include WALNUT BEACH (9) and GOLD SPEED (12).


Paddy Power Chase (Extended Handicap Chase) (0-150) (Grade B) 5YO plus,  31 Runners,  3m 50y

This is fiercely-competitive. PANDA BOY (21) looks interesting now tackling handicap company over fences after two sound efforts in Graded novices chases. MR INCREDIBLE (14) is unexposed and could be well treated off this mark based on his early chasing debut success for previous connections. DONKEY YEARS (23) might be in the mix if running to a similar level as when third attempting the Munster National at Limerick in October. AIN’T THAT A SHAME (8) demands consideration on the back of a gallant head second in that event while top-weight CIEL DE NEIGE (1) holds some classy fences form.


‘Paddy Power Flat One’ Flat Race 4YO plus,  10 Runners,  2m 4f

Impressive point-to-point winner FACT TO FILE (2) has joined top connections subsequently and may deliver a winning debut under rules for a yard who does well with these races. WILL DO (9) probably came up against a decent performer when second on hurdling debut at Punchestown and could have no issue switching to a jumpers flat contest. ASK ANYTHING (1) won a point-to-point in gritty fashion and cannot be discounted having joined Gavin Cromwell since. IRISH PANTHER (5) needs including with Derek O’Connor in the saddle.

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