Leopardstown Set To Have Perfect National Hunt Ground Ahead Of Christmas Festival


Leopardstown are set to host a superb four days of racing from the capital from Boxing Day onwards and the clerk of the course has given an update as to what the ground conditions will look like.

The Dublin track is set to host some of he best races of the Irish jumps season across the four days with all the big trainers sending runners into the Grade One Savills Chase, Matheson Hurdle, Grade One Novice Chase, Future Champions Novice Hurdle and Grade One Christmas Hurdle just to name a few of the black type races set to go ahead.

The big hurdlers an chasers across the Irish racing scene will be turned out looking to land some of the prestigious races and punters will monitoring the declarations closely over the next few days to see which horse will be racing in what events.

The ground is set to play a big part in whether certain horses will run and how the horses that are set to head post will get on and Clerk of the course Lorcan Wyer has given a report on how the track currently looks.

He believes that the runners and riders will get perfect national hunt racing ground, with it getting slightly softer throughout the week, but will be monitoring and giving clear updates throughout the week.

(Credit ATR) He said: “The wooden stick is only a guide, as much as a going description is only an opinion.“What we can tell you is there is plenty of juice in the track right now.

“The chase track is good to yielding, the hurdle track for days one and two is mainly yielding, a little bit slower in places – yielding, yielding to soft in places.

“The hurdle track is on the inner lines for days three and four – and it’s more in the yielding to soft side, slower ground on the inside lines.”

As for the chase course he added: “There’s a bit of light rain this morning (Monday) and 10 millimetres in recent days.

“The forecast in the immediate future is generally dry, a little showery, but generally dry.

“On that basis we are monitoring the situation regarding any watering on the chase track. If any watering is needed, it will be mainly from the winning post round to the three-mile start, just beyond the 10-furlong starting area.

“We’re considering options in that regard, but we’re happy where we are at this stage.”