Grade One Nathaniel Lacy Novice Hurdle 2024 Guide

Alex Dudley | @@Alex_Dudz_

Leopardstown - February 03 2024
Leopardstown 13:20
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Danny Mullins

Dancing City

J: Danny Mullins
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-10
OR: N/A
Days: 48

Danny Mullins takes the ride on Dancing City for trainer Willie Mullins in the opening race at the Dublin Racing Festival. The seven-year-old was a winner over two miles and four at Navan in December, beating Nas No Rioght by over four lengths.

That was a considerable step forward after finishing fifth on hurdles debut over the same course and distance in November. However, has something to find in this company on Saturday.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/02/24LEO22.5Sft11-101
17/12/23NAV20Sft/Hy11-121
18/11/23NAV20Sft/Hy11-125
27/04/23PUN16Gd/Y12-02
05/03/23WEX16Gd/Y12-01
Leopardstown - February 03 2024
Leopardstown 13:20
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Brian Hayes

I Will Be Baie

J: Brian Hayes
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 11-10
OR: N/A
Days: 33

Brian Hayes will be aboard I Will Be Baie for trainer Willie Mullins this weekend. The six-year-old won on very testing ground at the start of January, landing a maiden hurdle on debut after a 100-day break over an extended two miles and four.

Will certainly appreciate this step up in trip this weekend, but it should be noted that he isn’t the choice of Paul Townend.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/02/24LEO22.5Sft11-105
01/01/24FAI20.5Hy11-121
23/09/23LIS16Y/Sft12-02
03/08/23GAL18Gd/Y12-01
10/06/23PUN16Gd/Y12-02
Leopardstown - February 03 2024
Leopardstown 13:20
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Mr P W Mullins

Loughglynn

J: Mr P W Mullins
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 11-10
OR: N/A
Days: 39

Loughglynn is another runner from the Willie Mullins yard this weekend. The six-year-old will be the ride of Patrick Mullins. He is certainly one that has proven experience over this distance after landing victory over two miles and seven on Boxing Day at Limerick.

On that occasion, he finished a length clear of Stellar Story. The win continued his 100% record over hurdles after previously winning over two miles and five at Punchestown by ten lengths from Native Speaker. Big player this weekend.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/02/24LEO22.5Sft11-10PU
26/12/23LIM23Sft/Hy11-31
16/11/23PUN21Sft11-121
15/03/23CHL16.5Sft11-79
20/12/22NAA16Sft12-01
Leopardstown - February 03 2024
Leopardstown 13:20
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Paul Townend

Predators Gold

J: Paul Townend
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 5
Weight: 11-10
OR: N/A
Days: 38

Willie Mullins and Paul Townend join forces with Predators Gold in the opening race at Leopardstown this weekend. The five-year-old will likely go to post as the commanding favourite after winning once from two starts over hurdles.

He was an impressive winner on debut at Punchestown in late November, beating Mossy Fen Park by six lengths over two miles and three. However, his unbeaten record ended at Leopardstown on his previous start, finishing over six lengths behind Caldwell Potter in the G1 Future Champion Novice Hurdle over two miles. Back up in trip, and a bold showing is likely.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/02/24LEO22.5Sft11-102
27/12/23LEO16Hy11-122
25/11/23PUN19.5Sft11-71
25/04/23PUN16.5Y/Sft11-61
Leopardstown - February 03 2024
Leopardstown 13:20
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Jack Kennedy

Stellar Story

J: Jack Kennedy
T: Gordon Elliott
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-10
OR: 137
Days: 39

Stellar Story will be the ride of Jack Kennedy this weekend for trainer Gordon Elliott. The seven-year-old has won once from three starts over hurdles, with his only success coming at Navan over two miles and four in November.

Since then, he finished third of five behind Slade Steel in the G2 Navan Novice Hurdle, and he will also have form to find on Loughglynn after finishing a length behind his reappearing rival over two miles and seven at Limerick on Boxing Day.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/02/24LEO22.5Sft11-104
26/12/23LIM23Sft/Hy11-32
09/12/23NAV20Hy11-33
18/11/23NAV20Sft/Hy11-121
26/02/23NAA15.5Y11-61
Leopardstown - February 03 2024
Leopardstown 13:20
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Rachael Blackmore

Jetara

J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Mrs John Harrington
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 11-3
OR: 142
Days: 36

Rachel Blackmore takes the ride on Jetara for trainer Jessie Harrington this weekend. The six-year-old mare has won on three from eight starts over hurdles, including most recently over Leopardstown when scoring over two miles and four in the G3 Mares Hurdle by over seven lengths from Pink in the Park.

She has won three from four this season, and takes a step up in trip this weekend. Jetara is clear on ratings, and will get from her rivals. Big player.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/02/24LEO22.5Sft11-33
29/12/23LEO20Sft/Hy11-01
12/12/23PUN19.5Hy10-111
24/11/23FAI20.5Sft/Hy11-71
10/11/23DRO17Sft10-108