Leopardstown

  • 14:00 woodiesdiy.com Christmas Hurdle 3m

  • Winner €26,000 2nd €7,600 3rd €3,599 4th €1,199
  • Going: Good, Good to Yielding in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 7.00s
  • Off time: 14:00:21
14:00 Leopardstown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Voler La Vedette (IRE) 13/8
2nd Mourad (IRE) 4/5

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 2144P-5 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Karabak (FR) 45
Nag me
8 11-8 E P Harty A P McCoy 150 14/115.00
2 113-242 YELLOW & LIGHT GREEN DIABOLO, yellow sleeves, quartered cap Mourad (IRE) 24
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-8 W P Mullins R Walsh 156 4/51.80
3 707313 MAROON, yellow inverted triangle, yellow chevrons on sleeves, black cap Powerstation (IRE) 10
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
11 11-8 E O'Connell K T Coleman 141 25/126.00
4 1137/70 EMERALD GREEN, pink diamond & sleeves, white cap Shakervilz (FR) 235
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
8 11-3 W P Mullins Mr P W Mullins 135 33/134.00
5 41-1411 Red, light blue sleeves, red spots, red cap Voler La Vedette (IRE) 24
Nag meCourse Winner
7 11-3 t C A Murphy A E Lynch 151 13/82.62
6 2113-31 RED, yellow epaulettes, striped cap Dare To Doubt 38
Nag me
7 11-1 W P Mullins E Mullins 141 12/113.00

Verdict

MOURAD won this a year ago beating the previous year's winner Powerstation by 2l. The outcome of that particular battle should be the same and though Willie Mullins' charge was put in his place by the admirable Voler La Vedette at Fairyhouse last time he had the mare behind over this trip in the World Series Hurdle at Punchestown in May and can come out on top again. The champion trainer is also represented by the progressive Dare To Doubt, having her first start beyond 2m4f, and the chaser Shakervilz, who is probably here to make the pace. Karabak was behind Voler La Vedette at Navan and his overall form falls just short of this level.