14:30 Leopardstown (IRE)

Irish Daily Star Christmas Novice Handicap Hurdle

  • 13 Runners
  • Distance: 2m
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
  • €17,500 added
  • Winner: €12,074
  • 2nd: €2,801
  • 3rd: €1,226
  • 4th: €700
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 4m 15.80s
  • Off Time: 14:30:50
  • 13 Ran
  • Form: 3/36612-
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-10
  • Official Rating: 123
  • Trainer: W P Mullins
  • Jockey: Mr D H Dunsdon

mid-division, 8th halfway, progress in 4th after 3 out, not clear run in straight and switched right in 7th before last, kept on one pace run-in

  • Form: 00-4189
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-4
  • Official Rating: 117
  • Trainer: A J Martin
  • Jockey: B J Geraghty

rear of mid-division, 10th on outer halfway, progress travelling well early straight and led last, pushed out to assert and kept on well run-in

  • Form: 126
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-2
  • Official Rating: 115
  • Trainer: Matthew J Smith
  • Jockey: M A Enright

led, joined 4 out and headed next, 3rd 2 out, ridden and no extra approaching last, weakened

  • Form: 32-2145
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-0
  • Official Rating: 113
  • Trainer: D Broad
  • Jockey: R C Colgan

towards rear, 9th halfway, pushed along and no impression in 10th entering straight, no extra

  • Form: 3-48
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-13
  • Official Rating: 112
  • Trainer: A McGuinness
  • Jockey: J M Moore

chased leaders, 3rd halfway, 2nd 2 out, ridden and challenged early straight, dropped to 4th and mistake last, weakened run-in

  • Form: 2-5132
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 10-10
  • Official Rating: 112
  • Trainer: E J O'Grady
  • Jockey: B J Cooper

chased leaders, 7th halfway, ridden and some progress on outer early straight, 5th at last, no extra run-in and dropped to 7th close home

  • Form: 743417
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 10-9
  • Official Rating: 108
  • Trainer: Peter Fahey
  • Jockey: J W Kennedy

always towards rear, 11th halfway, ridden and no extra after 2 out

  • Form: 254512
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 10-9
  • Official Rating: 108
  • Trainer: G P Cromwell
  • Jockey: R M Power

chased leaders, 4th halfway, 5th 2 out, ridden approaching last and no impression run-in, kept on one pace

  • Form: 4-22233
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 10-7
  • Official Rating: 106
  • Trainer: J H Culloty
  • Jockey: James J Doyle

mid-division, 6th halfway, some progress in straight and went 3rd at last, ridden and kept on to go 2nd close home

  • Form: 6327/57
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 10-3
  • Official Rating: 102
  • Trainer: Barry J Murphy
  • Jockey: Adrian Heskin

always towards rear, never a factor, 12th halfway, no extra entering straight, weakened, tailed off

  • Form: 738805
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 10-2
  • Official Rating: 101
  • Trainer: Matthew J Smith
  • Jockey: K M Smith

tracked leader, progress to dispute 4 out and led next, ridden and strongly pressed in straight, headed last and no extra run-in

  • Form: 60-4700
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 9-12
  • Official Rating: 100
  • Trainer: J J Hanlon
  • Jockey: A P Crowe

towards rear on outer, pushed along in 9th entering straight and no impression in 8th before last, kept on one pace run-in to go 5th close home

  • Form: 4900-64
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 9-12
  • Official Rating: 100
  • Trainer: T Gibney
  • Jockey: J J Burke

chased leaders, 5th halfway, close 6th and unseated rider 2 out

Previous results

In depth


HERMINATOR is put straight into modest handicap company on his debut for Willie Mullins after mainly racing over fences in France. He's probably well treated over timber and, though chasing looks his game, doesn't look to have the stiffest of tasks so gets the vote. Mighty Concorde is consistent enough but yet to win or race on ground this testing but Elusive Ivy has won in all conditions and should get into the action. This is a tough race for a four-year-old but Prince Kup has been going well and scored over 2m1f on the Flat at Longchamp. He had Definite Earl behind when runner-up at Punchestown last month but Winter Lion's form has been on quicker ground.


Herminator (FR) (11-0) 2nd of 5, 8l behind Alabama Le Dun (10-5) at Auteuil 2m 2f gs in Jun.

Whatsforuwontgobyu (IRE) 8-1 (11-10) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, not much room briefly after 2 out, dropped to 10th before straight, no extra, 9th of 11, 22 3/4l behind Tully East (11-12) at Punchestown 2m hcp sft in Nov.

Winter Lion (IRE) 5-1 (11-3) Led and clear, reduced lead before 4th, went on again approaching 4 out, came back to field before straight, headed between last 2, no extra and bad mistake last,, 6th of 8, 29l behind De Name Escapes Me (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f Soft - Heavy in Nov.

Definite Earl (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Soon raced in 4th, slight mistake 2nd, moderate 5th and not fluent 3 out, 3rd before straight, no impression and slight mistake 2 out, not fluent last, one pace,, 5th of 8, 15l behind De Name Escapes Me (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f Soft - Heavy in Nov.

First Post (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4 out and again 3 out, soon ridden, weakened from 2 out, 8th of 16, dist behind Open Eagle (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hvy in Nov.

Prince Kup (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, a little keen, 3rd before straight, 2nd from before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 11, 3 1/4l behind Tully East (11-12) at Punchestown 2m hcp sft in Nov.

Deputy Marshall (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, slight mistake 1st, 7th before straight, ridden and slight mistake 3 out, no impression next, 7th of 11, 24 1/2l behind Baroque Style (10-3) at Navan 2m hcp sft in Nov.

Elusive Ivy (IRE) 4-1fav (11-8) Prominent, mistake 4th, 2nd when slight mistake last, switched left and stayed on well closing stages, not get to winner, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Sizing Scorpion (10-6) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp Yielding in Nov.

Mighty Concorde (IRE) 7-1 (10-7) Impeded start, chased leaders, closed approaching straight travelling smoothly, under pressure from 2 out, 3rd before last, no extra and one pace run-in, 3rd of 19, 6l behind Ancient Sands (10-13) at Navan 2m hcp Yielding - Soft in Nov.

Anoosou (FR) 66-1 (11-12) Held up, some headway to chase leaders 2 out, soon no impression, one pace, 7th of 11, 15 1/4l behind Kitten Rock (11-12) at Navan 2m Yielding - Soft in Nov.

Theturnofthesun (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Soon chased leaders, 8th before straight, kept on same pace without threatening from before last, 5th of 21, 6 3/4l behind Fighting Days (10-7) at Punchestown 2m hcp sft in Dec.

Camlann (IRE) 66-1 (11-7) A little awkward 1st, held up, 12th after 3rd, slight mistake 4th, mistake 6th, pushed along from next, no impression approaching straight, not fluent 3 out, no extra, 10th of 15, dist behind Moon Over Germany (11-7) at Navan 2m mdn hvy in Dec.

Next Bend (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Prominent, 3rd after 3rd, challenged 3 out, soon pushed along, no impression in 3rd soon after 2 out, slight mistake last, one pace, dropped to 4th on line, 4th of 15, 24 3/4l behind Moon Over Germany (11-7) at Navan 2m mdn hvy in Dec.