Leopardstown Day Four Preview
12:10 - No Bet
12:45 - The Big Getaway
With us not declaring a selection in the first race of the day on day four at Leopardstown we move straight on to the second contest which sees a competitive Maiden Hurdle.
Willie Mullins hasn't currently had the best of Christmas festivals but we believe day four could be his day starting with The Big Getaway in this one.
This five year old has some superb bumper form finishing ahead of a smart hurdler for Gordon Elliott whilst also landing a decent contest by a wide margin at Punchestown.
He makes his hurdles debut today and after showing a clear turn of pace in his flat contests if taking to the flights should be a huge player.
13:20 - Stormy Ireland
One of the big races of the day is the Grade Three Mares Hurdle where Mullins has four quality entries and we like Stormy Ireland for the trainer.
The five year old mare looks the best of the bunch from her past exploits last year and this year having ran to a credible standard in some better races than this.
She finished second in the Grade One Mares Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival and in a similar Grade One at the Punchestown festival she did exactly the same behind the superstar Benie Des Dieux.
This season the mare started her season off at Punchestown in a Listed contest winning it fairly easily and it was against many of this field today and it will take career bests from the field to reverse that form.
13:55 - Minella Indo
The first Grade One contest of the day in Ireland Is the Neville Hotels Novice Chase over three miles and with a field of high class entries we like the look of Minella Indo.
Henry De Bromhead has been in superb form of late landing many big races and with Rachael Blackmore also doing the same it is hard to back against the duo.
Minella Indo was a top staying novice hurdler last season landing the Grade One Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham festival and also a Grade One at the Punchestown festival.
This season the six year old is tackling the bigger obstacles and was a good second behind Laurina on debut over 2 mile 4f and now stepping back up to his preferable three miles he should be in the mix.
14:30 - Klassical Dream
The Grade One's are coming thick and fast and in a race that could have a big say in the Champion Hurdle betting market we like Klassical Dream in the Grade One Matheson Hurdle.
This superstar was unbeaten as a novice winning all four of his contests including three Grade Ones at Leopardstown, Cheltenham and Punchestown festivals.
He came back this season as the Champion Hurdle favourite and was not as impressive as his previous season on return when third in the Grade One Morgiana Hurdle.
He will come on a huge amount for that run and we predict he will get back to winning ways in this one.
15:05 - Cavalry Master
The penultimate contest of the day sees the Novice Handicap Hurdle over two and a half miles and Cavalry Master for the in form Henry De Bromhead.
This gelding has some really smart form already this season scoring on his seasonal bow at Kilbeggan in June and then after a small break finishing fourth of 25 behind some really smart youngsters.
He got himself back in the winners enclosure at Punchestown last time out when scoring in a Maiden Hurdle and stepping up in trip today should bring even more out of him.
15:40 - Eric Bloodaxe
The bumper contest to round off the Leopardstown Christmas festival looks a hot affair and the Giggisntown Stud owned Eric Bloodaxe looks tough to beat.
The Joseph O'Brien trained youngster was superb on his debut showing a real desire to want to win the contest seeing off a field of 17 runners.
He will certainly come on for that and some of the horses he beat that day look to be very useful having come out next time and performed well which looks good for this runner.