It’s another jam packed day of Grade 1 action at Leopardstown and today we have 15 runners for the Dublin track.
We kick things off with 3 runners in the Grade B Paddy Mullins Mares Handicap Hurdle. SURIN is our top weight and thus we have put 7lbs claimer Kevin Brogan on board. This pair have won together before so we know they work together. BARRA will be partnered by Jack Kennedy and looks to have revived her career having been switched back to hurdles. Finally we have BLACK TEARS, a classy hurdler and was 3rd on her last appearance.
Next is the Grade 1 Juvenile Hurdle where we have OAK PARK. This horse was very unlucky to fall last time out when running well. This is a big step up in class and we hope he will be up to it. Davy Russell will ride.
We have another two for the next Grade 1, the Chanelle Pharma Novice Hurdle. CONFLATED has been showing us a lot on the track of late and Davy Russell will ride. EASYWORK is our other contender in this and he finished extremely strong when winning by 22 lengths over Christmas. Again it’s a big step up but he deserves to be tested, Jack Kennedy will take the ride.
JURY DUTY heads our 4 runners for the William Fry Handicap Hurdle. This past American Grand National Winner will have plenty to do with the weight he has been given but Davy Russell will partner him to hopefully finish in the frame. COLUMN OF FIRE will be carrying a whole stone less then Jury Duty and will be partnered by Jack Kennedy. SWORDSMAN isn’t too far behind him with 10st 8lbs and will have Mark Enright on his back. Finally with a featherweight, recent winner BRAESIDE will have 9st 13lbs and Luke Dempsey.
Another Grade 1 and it’s BATTLEOVERDOYEN in the Flogas Novice Chase. This horse could be very good, he’s still unbeaten over fences and this is a proper test. Faugheen is the obvious danger and we hope our charge can keep on the same path. Davy Russell will ride.
DELTA WORK goes for the big race, the Irish Gold Cup. It was great to get him to win the Savills Chase over Christmas and this is the next stepping stone to the big one. Jack Kennedy will ride.
Another big pot handicap follows, the Grade A Gaelic Plant Hire Handicap Chase. Last year DRF winner DALLAS DES PICTONS is bang in the middle of the weights but may have it all to do on ratings. There will be plenty of runners so we wish him and Jack Kennedy the best of luck.
Finally we have 2 runners in the finale, the Coolmore NH Sires Bumper which is a Grade 2. BIGBADANDBEAUTIFUL has been in great form this season and this has been a goal for her for some time. Jamie Codd will be riding. DARLING DAUGHTER won her bumper with a bit in hand last time and will have Lisa O’Neill back in the saddle.
We wish all our runners and riders the very best of luck on a very busy day.