• 13:55 paddypower.com iPhone App December Festival Hurdle 2m

  • Winner €58,500 2nd €17,100 3rd €8,100 4th €2,700
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 10.80s
  • Off time: 13:55:30
13:55 Leopardstown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Hurricane Fly (IRE) 8/11
2nd Solwhit (FR) 6/4


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 11/131-1 ROYAL BLUE, emerald green triple diamond,royal blue cap, emerald green diamonds Hurricane Fly (IRE) 14
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-10 W P Mullins P Townend 166 8/111.73
2 1119-14 ROYAL BLUE, yellow stars, yellow sleeves, striped cap Luska Lad (IRE) 54
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
6 11-10 J J Hanlon Andrew J McNamara 150 20/121.00
3 1162-12 MAUVE, white disc, white cap, mauve spots Solwhit (FR) 14
Beaten FavouriteDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-10 C Byrnes D N Russell 165 6/42.50
4 11013-7 RED, royal blue sleeves, red cap, royal blue star Thousand Stars (FR) 213
Distance Winner
6 11-10 W P Mullins Ms K Walsh 163 16/117.00
5 11040-5 RED, dark blue chevron, halved sleeves, quartered cap Won In The Dark (IRE) 39
Course WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-10 Miss S J Harty Paul Carberry 148 40/141.00


HURRICANE FLY and Solwhit do battle for the fourth time in just over a year and it should be the former who makes the score 3-1 in his favour. Solwhit came out on top in the Punchestown Hurdle in November of last year when the slow pace was against Willie Mullins' charge, who reversed the form in a brilliant finish to the Champion Hurdle there in April. He came out on top again over 2m4f in the Hatton's Grace at Fairyhouse a couple of weeks ago and his overall pace looks too much for his great rival. Thousand Stars, a close third in the Champion at Punchestown, isn't quite the class of the two principals but should take third place over Luska Lad and Won In The Dark.