The Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, Bobs Worth, is a welcome visitor to Leopardstown this afternoon for the Grade 1 Lexus Chase.
He was brilliant at Cheltenham in March, finding loads for Barry Geraghty pressure to slam Sir Des Champs by seven lengths.
He was the selection from this quarter on that occasion, but is reluctantly passed over now.
There are two reasons, starting with the fact the testing conditions will not play to his strengths. But of more importance is that Bobs Worth performed deplorably on his seasonal debut at Haydock.
The vote then falls on Sir Des Champs, who will handle the ground and has shown a liking for this track in the past.
He did take a totally out of character fall in the John Durkan at Punchestown on his reappearance, but has reportedly shown no ill-effects and rates the percentage call.
The nap vote goes to Djakadam in the Ballymaloe County Relish Beginners Chase. He was no more than a decent juvenile hurdler, but was only marking time at that game and gets a massive 11lbs from main dangers, Talbot Road and Si C’etait Vrai.
The defection of Annie Power has surely left the way clear for Solwhit to land the Grade 1 woodies.com Christmas Hurdle.
He is a superb stayer, as he showed when beating Celestial Halo in the Ladbroke World Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival in March.
The Bumper can go to Dermot Weld’s Silver Concorde, who is said to be primed to do himself justice, despite an absence of 516 days.
Jezki gets the vote to beat Hurricane Fly in tomorrow’s Grade 1 Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown.
We know Hurricane Fly will make short work of this opposition, at his best, but the jury is somewhat out after his less than satisfactory success in the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown last month.
Jezki impressed when buckling down well to win the Hatton’s Grace at Fairyhouse and, four years younger than Hurricane Fly, represents the new generation.
Bright New Dawn gets the nap to land the other Grade 1 on the card, the Topaz Novice Chase. He made a good start over fences when giving Dogora 12lbs and half a length beating at Punchestown and can only improve for the experience.
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