Leopardstown

  • 15:00 Leopardstown Christmas Chase 3m

  • Winner €88,500 2nd €28,500 3rd €13,499 4th €6,000
  • Going: Yielding (Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 8.40s
  • Off time: 15:00:14
15:00 Leopardstown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Road To Respect (IRE) 8/1
2nd Balko Des Flos (FR) 66/1
3rd Outlander (IRE) 16/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 86-2414 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Alpha Des Obeaux (FR) 19
Distance Winner
7 11-10 pt M F Morris B J Cooper 156 66/167.00
2 3F3-123 Maroon, white star & armlet, white cap Balko Des Flos (FR) 42
Beaten FavouriteCourse Winner
6 11-10 H De Bromhead D F O'Regan 157 66/167.00
3 144-7U5 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Carlingford Lough (IRE) 18
Course and Distance Winner
11 11-10 t J E Kiely B J Geraghty 155 33/134.00
4 21342-2 PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Djakadam (FR) 18
Beaten FavouriteCourse Winner
8 11-10 W P Mullins D J Mullins 166 8/19.00
5 U21F1P-  Emerald green & orange hoops, red cap Edwulf 289
8 11-10 t J P O'Brien Mr D O'Connor 152 66/167.00
6 3FU2-4P EMERALD GREEN & YELLOW HOOPS, emerald green cap, white star Minella Rocco (IRE) 40
Distance Winner
7 11-10 p Jonjo O'Neill M P Walsh 163 25/126.00
7 10P-613 Maroon, white star and armlets, blue cap Outlander (IRE) 33
Course WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-10 p G Elliott Rachael Blackmore 164 16/117.00
8 2211-12 Maroon, white star, white armlets, yellow cap Road To Respect (IRE) 54
Distance Winner
6 11-10 h N Meade S W Flanagan 163 8/19.00
9 21111-1 EMERALD GREEN, yellow chevron & sleeves, red cap Sizing John 18
Course WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-10 Mrs J Harrington R M Power 170 9/101.90
10 FU22/14- Maroon, white star & armlet, green cap Valseur Lido (FR) 365
Distance Winner
8 11-10 H De Bromhead N D Fehily 161 16/117.00
11 1/41112- Beige & black halved, black chevrons on sleeves, beige cap Yorkhill (IRE) 256
Beaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-10 W P Mullins P Townend 164 7/24.50
12 1417-53 MAROON & WHITE STRIPES, maroon cap, white hoop Zabana (IRE) 54
Course Winner
8 11-10 t A Lynch D N Russell 153 28/129.00

Verdict

A brilliant renewal of this great race with SIZING JOHN given the nod to continue his winning streak. The Gold Cup winner returned to action with a superb display in the John Durkan at Punchestown where he led three out over that 2m4f and outstayed today's rival Djakadam with Carlingford Lough well beaten. He should have few problems with the runner-up again while Gold Cup runner-up Minella Rocco hasn't regained his form. Yorkhill could be a threat on his first start over this trip as the JLT winner should be ideally suited by stepping up. But he was surprisingly beaten by Road To Respect in the Ryanair at Fairyhouse in April and the winner was just touched off by Outlander, last year's winner of this, in the JNwine at Down Royal.