Leopardstown Wednesday Preview – Football & Racing News – Star Sports

I’ve had plenty of people ask me how the dancing is going ahead of ‘Dancing With The Stars’ which starts in January and the truth is it’s going… okay 😊 writes DAVY RUSSELL.

The dancers all get Christmas off so I have to practice on my own at home.

Edelle says she won’t practice with me yet as I’m not good enough so I’ve a fair bit of work to do.

Anyway, I better be careful what I eat over the festive period or I won’t fit into my dancing shoes.

The racing action comes thick and fast with another cracking day of action.

I’d say Wednesday’s stuff is almost better than St Stephen’s Day itself…

 LEOPARDSTOWN

12.05pm

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Plenty of interesting three-year-olds begin life over hurdles in the opener. Gordon starts off two nice recruits from the flat in Ndaawi and Mordor. The former could be the pick on the basis he was rated 96 on the level at one point. That said, Willie introduces Ethical Diamond who is an expensive recruit last seen winning easily in Limerick last summer. I’d say he’s the one to beat.

12.35pm

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A fascinating beginners chase which sees the eagerly awaited chasing debut of Marine Nationale, not seen since winning the Supreme in Cheltenham back in March. If he’s half as good a chaser as he is a hurdler, he should be too good for these, but the fences have to be jumped. Gordon saddles Firm Footings who was just touched off in Punchestown on his chasing debut a few weeks back. That was a really nice start, but this will be really tough.

1.10pm (Paddy’s Rewards Club Chase – Grade One)

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Only the five in the Grade One two mile chase but it looks a good race on paper. I was really impressed with the way Captain Guinness (pictured below) jumped on his reappearance in Navan and he looks to be hitting his peak this season. Willie Mullins saddles all four against him with Dinoblue looking the most likely to trouble the favourite.

1.45pm (Future Champions Novice – Grade One)

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Another festive treat with some big reputations going head-to-head in the Grade One. Gordon saddles the unbeaten Down Memory Lane for JP who is ridden by Derek O’Connor. He’s won his bumper and his maiden hurdle in a breeze and now lines up at the highest level. He looks a proper one, but takes on Daddy Long Legs who couldn’t have been more impressive in Thurles the last day too. It promises to be some match-up between the pair. When you consider the likes of Absurde and Caldwell Potter barely get a mention, you see the quality of the race. I’d side with Down Memory Lane.

3.00pm (Paddy Power Chase)

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The big betting race of the day in Ireland where Gordon saddles nine of the 28 runners. It’s difficult to say which is the pick of his as any of them has a squeak on a going day. Gars De Sceaux could be anything and has a lovely mark. Of his other runners I’d say that Diol Kerhas the potential to be dangerous in one of these. It would be no surprise if he went well at a massive price. As for the others, Panda Boy remains the one to beat. He ran well in this 12 months ago and is a lot more experienced now.

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2.50pm Chepstow (Coral Welsh Grand National)

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There is plenty of rain about on the day apparently which could change things as the ground as it stands isn’t desperate. Fergal O’Brien has his team in great nick and I can see Autonomous Cloud going well. At a bigger price, The Galloping Bear could go well on the back of a wind op if conditions get really tough.

Good Luck
Davy

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Author: Eugene Morris