Grade One Ladbrokes Novice Chase Leopardstown Guide 2024

Joe Glayshier | @joeglayshier

Leopardstown - February 04 2024
Leopardstown 13:10
5

Grangeclare West

J:
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-10
OR: N/A
Days: 37

This race at Leopardstown is dominated by Irish trainers Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott. The former has three runners in this one, with the first of those being Grangeclare West. The eight-year-old enters this task on the back of three wins in a row.

After winning a somewhat low-key contest at Punchestown last April, he was switched to fences at Naas in November on his seasonal reappearance, winning by nearly three lengths to Heart Wood (11/10fav Corbetts Cross in third). He then claimed the G1 Neville Hotels Novice Chase here in December by six lengths, again triumphing against favourite Corbetts Cross by six lengths.

It would be no surprise to see him do well again here, but looks to be playing third-fiddle to the other of Mullins' runners here in Fact To File and Gaelic Warrior. Patrick Mullins does the steering.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
29/12/23LEO24.5Sft11-101
12/11/23NAA20Sft11-121
26/04/23PUN20Y11-121
04/02/23LEO22Y11-106
08/01/23NAA20Sft11-105
Leopardstown - February 04 2024
Leopardstown 13:10
1

American Mike

J:
T: Gordon Elliott
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-10
OR: N/A
Days: 38

The first of Gordon Elliott's runners in this contest on Sunday at the DRF is American Mike. The seven-year-old had some good battles with Facile Vega in bumpers before struggling to fulfill his potential over hurdles.

Since he was sent chasing, he won on fences debut in a Navan beginners chase over 2m 4f in November last year, beating 8/11f and fellow runner here Fact To File by just over three lengths before finishing fourth of five in the G1 Faugheen Novice Chase at Limerick in December, a fair way away from winner Gaelic Warrior.

He can do better here but after finishing a long way off the market favourite in this one last time out, it looks unlikely that he could reverse the form in this one.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
11/02/24NAV24Hy11-31
28/12/23LIM19.5Hy11-124
19/11/23NAV20Sft/Hy11-121
09/04/23FAI16Y11-44
15/03/23CHL21Sft11-77
Leopardstown - February 04 2024
Leopardstown 13:10
4
Paul Townend

Gaelic Warrior

J: Paul Townend
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 11-10
OR: N/A
Days: 38

The second of Willie Mullins' runners in the G1 Ladbrokes Novice Chase is Gaelic Warrior. The six-year-old comes into this one as the current 1/1 favourite following a good start to life over fences. He had won four times over hurdles, including second in the Ballymore at Cheltenham before switching to the larger obstacles in November.

The gelding begun his chasing career with a 15-length victory over Inothewayurthinkin at Punchestown before another relatively comfortable success in the G1 Faugheen Novice Chase at Limerick a month later - beating Il Etait Temps by over five lengths (American Mike in fourth).

That impressive start to life over the larger obstacles has plenty excited about him here, and he should make it three out of three over fences for Mullins in this one if we are being honest. He's also Paul Townend's pick for the race.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
04/02/24LEO21.5Y/Sft11-10UR
28/12/23LIM19.5Hy11-121
25/11/23PUN19Sft11-121
26/04/23PUN24Y11-101
15/03/23CHL21Sft11-72
Leopardstown - February 04 2024
Leopardstown 13:10
3

Found A Fifty

J:
T: Gordon Elliott
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-10
OR: N/A
Days: 1

The second and final one of Gordon Elliott's runners in this G1 chase at Leopardstown on Sunday is Found A Fifty. The seven-year-old is currently priced as the 33/1 market outsider on the back of finishing first in the G1 Racing Post Novice Chase here on Boxing Day last year.

His start to life over fences has been promising, winning his first race over the larger obstacles by eight lengths to Colonel Mustard. He then finished second to I Am Maximus in the G1 Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse before that win here on Boxing Day.

His price seems slightly on the high side considering his start over fences but I don't expect him to challenge the leaders here. Sam Ewing will do the steering.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/02/24LEO17Y/Sft11-122
26/12/23LEO17Y11-121
03/12/23FAI20Sft11-122
10/11/23DRO19.5Sft11-121
25/04/23PUN16.5Y/Sft11-124
Leopardstown - February 04 2024
Leopardstown 13:10
2
Mark Walsh

Fact To File

J: Mark Walsh
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-10
OR: N/A
Days: 38

The last runner in the race is another for Willie Mullins in the form of Fact To File, who has begun very well over fences for the Irishman. The seven-year-old has skipped hurdles following form of 221 in bumpers here and at Cheltenham in March last year (second to A Dream To Share).

His debut over fences ended with him finishing second at Navan in a beginners chase, just over three lengths behind fellow runner here American Mike. However, he followed that run by comfortably recording success in a beginner chase over 2m 5f here at the end of December, beating Minella Cocooner and Zanahiyr to victory.

He is priced as second favourite here and looks the most likely of the other runners to challenge Gaelic Warrior for victory. Mark Walsh is booked to ride.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
04/02/24LEO21.5Y/Sft11-101
28/12/23LEO21.5Sft11-121
19/11/23NAV20Sft/Hy11-122
15/03/23CHL16.5Sft11-72
04/02/23LEO16Y11-112