Today's racecards

Leopardstown

  • 15:20 Hennessy Gold Cup 3m

  • Winner €92,000 2nd €30,399 3rd €14,400 4th €4,799
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 35.60s
  • Off time: 15:20:24
15:20 Leopardstown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Sir Des Champs (FR) 11/8

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
2 111-113 WHITE & RED DIAMONDS, white sleeves, white cap, maroon diamonds Flemenstar (IRE) 43
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance Winner
8 11-10 P Casey A E Lynch 171 4/51.80
3 27-3523 RED, white cross of lorraine & sleeves, red cap Joncol (IRE) 23
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 11-10 P Nolan R M Power 150 33/134.00
4 B1113-0 Black, light blue sleeves, red cap Quel Esprit (FR) 265
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-10 W P Mullins P Townend 158 10/111.00
5 1111-24 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Sir Des Champs (FR) 43
Nag meCourse Winner
7 11-10 W P Mullins D N Russell 166 11/82.38
Non runners
113-F111Bog Warrior (IRE)911-10A J MartinB J Cooper150

Verdict

A small but very select field in which Flemenstar and SIR DES CHAMPS put their Cheltenham aspirations on the line with the latter getting the vote. The former, beaten by Bog Warrior on his chasing debut in 2011, won his next seven races including three at the highest level. He attempted today's trip for the first time over regulation fences in the Lexus over this track and trip and though travelling like the winner for most of the way was run out of it close home by Tidal Bay and First Lieutenant. The selection, whose jumping wasn't particularly inspiring, stayed on strongly to finish just a short-head behind in fourth and Willie Mullins will be expecting his other entry Quel Esprit to ensure a strong gallop. Bog Warrior has been nursed back to form over hurdles and is by no means out of this but Joncol will need to regain his very best form to get involved which appears unlikely.