Today's racecards

Leopardstown

  • 15:45 Hennessy Gold Cup 3m

  • Winner €92,000 2nd €30,400 3rd €14,400 4th €4,800
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 24.80s
  • Off time: 15:45:05
15:45 Leopardstown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Quel Esprit (FR) 5/4
2nd Roberto Goldback (IRE) 14/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 4111-U3 DARK BLUE, yellow striped sleeves, dark blue cap Bostons Angel (IRE) 72
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-10 p1 Mrs J Harrington R M Power 152 3/14.00
2 1134P-4 YELLOW & RED CHEVRONS, hooped cap China Rock (IRE) 29
Nag me
9 11-10 M F Morris A E Lynch 154 5/16.00
3 503-162 Orange, dark blue braces, halved sleeves, dark blue spots on cap Follow The Plan (IRE) 24
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
9 11-10 O McKiernan T J Doyle 152 12/113.00
4 51124-8 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Magnanimity (IRE) 46
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
8 11-10 pt D T Hughes D N Russell 150 13/27.50
5 1FF-B11 Black, light blue sleeves, red cap Quel Esprit (FR) 36
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
8 11-10 W P Mullins R Walsh 150 5/42.25
6 1U3943 BLACK, yellow diamond, yellow diamonds on sleeves, yellow diamond on cap Roberto Goldback (IRE) 24
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
10 11-10 b1 D T Hughes B J Geraghty 152 14/115.00
7 P/P-5142 BLACK, black & yellow check cap Treacle (IRE) 47
Nag meDistance Winner
11 11-10 T J Taaffe P Townend 132 33/134.00

Verdict

Willie Mullins appears to have ironed out the jumping problems of QUEL ESPRIT and that should be enough for him to take this. A classy hurdler, he made a winning start over fences before twice falling when in the lead in races eventually won by today's rival Bostons Angel. He's looked a potential champion on his two runs this season and will be very difficult to beat. Bostons Angel went on to glory in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham where Magnanimity was a close fourth. He's been brought along slowly this season but should be ready for this and must be a major threat. After beating Sizing Europe at Punchestown in 2010, China Rock has competed exclusively at Grade 1 level over fences and had a warm up over hurdles last month. He's another who should be approaching his peak and should give a good account.