Leopardstown Friday Preview – Football & Racing News – Star Sports

There have been so many impressive performances so far over the festive period that I don’t really know where to begin writes DAVY RUSSELL.

I’ve been asked by a fair number of people whether I thought Shiskin would have won the King George if he’d stayed on his feet and the answer is more than likely.

Once we are through this busy period, I’ll do a full breakdown of my thoughts on the Cheltenham Festival prospects of those we have seen over the last week.

Keep an eye out for that, but in the meantime there is more action to get our teeth into in Leopardstown on the last day of their four day meeting…



12.35pm Pigsback.com Maiden Hurdle 2m 4f

Gordon saddles Cleatus Poolaw in the maiden hurdle and he ran great in Thurles just being beaten by a nice one of Willie’s. He was properly put in his place that day but will relish the step up in trip here. He’ll have another good one of Willie’s to fear though as Ballyburn


will be hard to beat I’d say. He was beaten in Fairyhouse but I know he’s one they think the world of.

1.45pm Neville Hotels Novice Chase (Grade 1) 3m 100y

Only the six in the Grade One novice chase with Corbetts Cross and Flooring Porter setting the bar pretty high. Of the pair I’d probably stick with Flooring Porter going back left-handed at a meeting he’s won at previously. That said, I’ve a feeling that Grangeclare West (pictured below, left)


might just be the value against the front pair in the market. He was seriously impressive in Naas the last day.

2.20pm Matheson Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m

The other Grade One action has an even smaller field with just the four of them. Willie runs three of them with State Man


looking the obvious one. Impaire Et Passe gets a chance to prove that his defeat in the Hatton’s Grace was just a small blip. I’d say he’ll improve a fair bit for that, but he is going to need to if he’s to shake up State Man.

Good Luck




Author: Eugene Morris