COOLDINE is the hopeful choice to land a wide open Grade 1 Lexus Chase at Leopardstown this afternoon, should the meeeting survive a 7.30am inspection due to the forecast of heavy frost overnight.
The fact it is his initial run of the season is an obvious worry, but it’s well to remember the selection did win easily first time up last campaign.
Willie Mullins’ charge was clearly over the top when performing poorly at the Punchestown Festival and is far better judged on his scintillating display at Cheltenham when landing the RSA Chase by a whopping 16 lengths.
There are loads of dangers, headed by Joncol, who is on an upward curve and was impressive when easily taking the John Durkan at Punchestown last time.
What A Friend ran a cracker against Denman in the Hennessy at Newbury, while the imponderables of the contest are Notre Pere and Voy Por Ustedes.
Notre Pere has to leave a bad effort against Kauto Star at Haydock behind and the classy Voy Por Ustedes’ ability to stay three miles has to be taken on trust.
Pandorama gets the nap to win the Knight Frank Novice Chase. He slammed Alpha Ridge to the tune of seven lengths at Fairyhouse and will be even more effective travelling left-handed.
Tom Taaffe’s Ninetieth Minute can reverse recent running with Oscar Dan Dan in the woodiesdiy.com Christmas Hurdle.
They met in the Hatton’s Grace at Fairyhouse, with Oscar Dan Dan beating his rival by a neck. Ninetieth Minute, however, re-opposes on 4lbs better terms and that should be enough.
The frustrating Puyol has been afforded a live opportunity in the O’Dwyers’ Stillorgan Orchard Maiden Hurdle.
This represents a major drop in class for Puyol, having finished a flattering four and a half lengths runner-up behind Dunguib at Punchestown.
Willie Mullins has prospects of a double at Limerick, subject to an 8.00 am inspection, with two in-form horses in Florida Pal (Ryans’ Event Cleaners Maiden Hurdle) and Enterprise Park (Freeman Keane Novice Hurdle).
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