Preview of Day Two of the Christmas festival at Leopardstown


By Luke 

The feature race on Day two is the Paddy’s Rewards Club Chase over two miles. Chacun Pour Soi is a warm favourite and will be hard to beat. This lightly raced seven year old was very impressive when winning at Punchestown, beating subsequent Tingle Creek winner Defi Du Seuil. On that form he will be hard to beat. The one I think will follow him home is A Plus Tard for the inform Henry De Bromhead yard. He made his seasonal reappearance at Navan when he finished second behind Ballyoisin. On that occasion Hardline was a further eleven lengths back. I think he will come on for the run and give Chacun Pour Soi something to think about.

Race two is the Paddy Power Beginners Chase over two miles. City Island makes his eagerly anticipated chase debut. He won his maiden hurdle at this festival last year over two miles. His best run over hurdles came at Cheltenham when he got the better of Champ in the Ballymore. If the drop back to two miles isn’t an inconvenience he will be very hard to beat.

Race four is the Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle over two miles. Abracadabras (main picture) brings the best form into the race after finishing second to Envoi Allen at Fairyhouse earlier this month. He looked to be traveling the better of the two before Envoi Allen stayed on strongly to win by one length and a half. I think Abracadabras will win this race and win the Supreme Novices Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Race five is the Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle over two miles. Moon Over Germany makes a return to hurdles for the first time since 2016 when rated 135. He runs off 134 in this contest. Since then he has improved and enjoyed going over fences. His finest performance came at the tail end of last season at Aintree when he won impressively.

Moon Over Germany chases home Notebook

He was last seen finishing second to Notebook. Notebook has since won the Grade one Novice Chase at Leopardstown. I think he will run a good race off his lower hurdle rating.

Race six is the Paddy Power Chase over three miles. Class Conti could be overpriced at around 28/1. This half brother to Silviniaco Conti has had three runs for Willie Mullins to date. He won on Irish debut very impressively at Tramore in April. He then ran below par at Punchestown when scoping dirty. He finished fifth last time out. I think he will come on a lot for the run. I think he could outrun his big odds.

Another horse in the Paddy Power Chase i like is Fitzhenry for Paul Nolan and Barry Geraghty. He was last seen finishing second in the Troytown behind the very impressive winner Chris’s Dream. Fitzhenry pulled seven lengths clear of the third Portmore Lough. I think with luck in running these two can run good races.

The final race on the card is the Paddy Power Games INH Flat Race over two miles and four furlongs. Ragnar Lodbrok cought my eye at Fairyhouse when running on strongly behind two good bumper horses. It didn’t look like he would be anywhere near the first three home before he stayed on strongly. The extra four furlongs will be a great help to him. I think this son of Fame and Glory will be a very good horse in time.

Ragnar Lodbrok

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