• 14:10 Deloitte Novice Hurdle 2m 2f

  • Winner €52,000 2nd €15,200 3rd €7,200 4th €2,400
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 27.20s
  • Off time: 14:11:47
14:10 Leopardstown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Benefficient (IRE) 50/1
2nd Sous Les Cieux (FR) 2/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 13-0U1P EMERALD GREEN & RED STRIPED, red sleeves, quartered cap Benefficient (IRE) 24
Beaten Favourite
6 11-10 A J Martin B J Cooper 136 50/151.00
2 54115 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Il Fenomeno (ITY) 70
6 11-10 N Meade D N Russell 132 7/18.00
3 F11 PURPLE, yellow cross of lorraine, yellow cap Lord Windermere (IRE) 63
6 11-10 J H Culloty T J Doyle 131 10/111.00
4 43/2-113 PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Sous Les Cieux (FR) 47
Beaten Favourite
6 11-10 t W P Mullins R Walsh 145 2/13.00
5 3411 Pink, Royal Blue cap Captain Conan (FR) 36
Distance Winner
5 11-9 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 142 11/43.75
6 14-3111 Emerald green, black sleeves, black cap, white star Cash And Go (IRE) 47
Course Winner
5 11-9 E J O'Grady A E Lynch 144 11/43.75
7 22-1331 YELLOW, royal blue hoop & armlet, white cap, royal blue star Burn And Turn (IRE) 14
Course Winner
6 11-3 Mrs J Harrington R M Power 118 16/117.00


This should give a line to the respective merits of novices in the UK and Ireland as CAPTAIN CONAN will test the water for Nicky Henderson and can come out on top. Looking in need of the run and a stiffer test, he still managed to land the Grade 1 Tolworth at Sandown last month and this should be much more to his liking. Sous Les Cieux came here for the Future Champions at Christmas as a long odds-on chance after his earlier Grade 1 victory at Fairyhouse but failed to fire and was beaten fair and square by Cash And Go, who showed admirable battling qualities. Il Fenomeno was only fifth in the Future Champions but that was nowhere near his form as he had previously beaten the runner-up in that event, Dylan Ross, at Navan. A line through Dylan Ross suggests that Lord Windermere is no forlorn hope here as he beat the last named in a Listed event at Punchestown in December.