Today's racecards

Leopardstown

  • 14:15 Deloitte Novice Hurdle 2m 2f

  • Winner €51,999 2nd €15,200 3rd €7,200 4th €2,400
  • Going: Soft, Yielding in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 22.90s
  • Off time: 14:16:28
14:15 Leopardstown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Champagne Fever (IRE) 2/1
2nd Bright New Dawn (IRE) 11/2
3rd Wingtips (FR) 14/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 247-13 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Bright New Dawn (IRE) 44
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-10 D T Hughes D N Russell 142 11/26.50
2 111-123 PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Champagne Fever (IRE) 34
Nag meBeaten Favourite
6 11-10 W P Mullins P Townend 148 2/13.00
3 B17-F1 Purple, yellow diamond & sleeves, yellow cap, purple diamonds Legal Exit (IRE) 13
Nag meCourse Winner
6 11-10 J H Culloty R M Power 137 14/115.00
4 111/2-12 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Waaheb (USA) 44
Nag meCourse Winner
6 11-10 D K Weld M P Walsh 145 11/43.75
5 1 Black, black & maroon striped cap Buthelezi (USA) 63
Nag me
5 11-9 J P Ferguson D F O'Regan 13/27.50
6 2-142 YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Minsk (IRE) 34
Nag me
5 11-9 t1 D T Hughes D E Mullins 142 7/18.00
7 1-12 Maroon, White star, armlets and cap Umpact (FR) 45
Nag meBeaten Favourite
5 11-9 A J Martin A E Lynch 133 33/134.00
8 3-63414 Red, large white spots, white sleeves, red spots, white cap Wingtips (FR) 44
Nag me
5 11-9 A J Martin B J Cooper 140 14/115.00

Verdict

Dual Champion Bumper winner CHAMPAGNE FEVER ran the exciting Jezki close in the Grade 1 Royal Bond at Fairyhouse in December but then ran no sort of race when a 1/4 chance for a Grade 2 at Naas. The latter event was over 2m4f and he ran so poorly that something must have been amiss and the safest option is to stick with the earlier form. Minsk took the selection on at Naas and the pair cut each other's throats, leaving the way open for Rule The World. He was behind Willie Mullins' charge in Jezki's race and may find this on the short side. Waaheb finished runner-up to Jezki in the Grade 1 Future Champions over the minimum trip here in December with Bright New Dawn and Wingtips not far behind. Any of that trio could be suited by today's extra quarter-mile but have a bit to find. John Ferguson sends the impressive Aintree maiden winner Buthelezi from the UK and he wouldn't be here if his shrewd handler didn't think he had a chance.