Today's racecards

Leopardstown

  • 14:50 Ballsbridge Hurdle2m 2f

  • Winner €13,000 2nd €3,800 3rd €1,800 4th €600
  • Going: Yielding, Soft in places.
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 25.90s
  • Off time: 14:51:03
14:50 Leopardstown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Sailors Warn (IRE) 5/1
2nd Thousand Stars (FR) 10/11

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 2/13312- EMERALD GREEN, yellow stars, yellow sleeves, emerald green cap Busty Brown (IRE) 441
Nag me
8 11-10 N Meade P Carberry 136 10/111.00
2 6-40242 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Midnight Game 15
Nag meCourse Winner
7 11-10 W P Mullins P Townend 140 11/26.50
3 632-495 RED, royal blue sleeves, red cap, royal blue star Thousand Stars (FR) 63
Nag me
10 11-10 W P Mullins R Walsh 161 10/111.91
4 87/2424- Brown, light green cross sashes, striped cap Joxer (IRE) 162
Nag me
7 11-0 W Harney D E Splaine (3) 136 7/18.00
5 5345-09 Red, white cap Sailors Warn (IRE) 21
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-0 E J O'Grady B J Geraghty 135 5/16.00
6 03-1225 YELLOW, royal blue hoop & armlet, white cap, royal blue star Burn And Turn (IRE) 11
Nag meCourse Winner
8 10-12 Mrs J Harrington R M Power 128 20/121.00

Verdict

THOUSAND STARS is generally to be found at Grade 1 level, usually chasing home Hurricane Fly as he did here in December, so this is a huge drop in class and he should gain his first success since the French Champion Hurdle in 2012. His stable companion Midnight Game has also been a regular behind the great champion and was closer to him than the selection at Punchestown in November though his overall form isn't quite as strong. He's also quite closely matched with Joxer, who has promised a great deal but hasn't had much racing over the past couple of years. Sailors Warn has a poor strike-rate for a horse who finished a close third in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2012 but the reappearance of Busty Brown is worth watching as he landed a Navan Grade 2 in November 2012 and hasn't been seen since runner-up to Pont Alexandre the following month.