Today's racecards

Leopardstown

  • 14:45 Toshiba Irish Champion Hurdle 2m

  • Winner:
  • Going: Soft to Heavy (Chase: Heavy (Soft in places))
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 58.00s
  • Off time: 14:45:53
14:45 Leopardstown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Solwhit (FR) 5/6
2nd Donnas Palm (IRE) 8/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 22-8115 YELLOW & PURPLE HOOPS, black sleeves & cap Bahrain Storm (IRE) 24
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-10 b P J Flynn P Townend 145 66/167.00
2 2120-12 BLACK, White halved, Red sleeves, Red cap Celestial Halo (IRE) 43
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
6 11-10 t P F Nicholls R Walsh 168 2/13.00
4 207-111 Emerald green,royal blue cross sashes,royal blue sleeves,yellow cap,green spots Donnas Palm (IRE) 42
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-10 N Meade B J Geraghty 152 8/19.00
5 11-1131 MAUVE, white disc, white cap, mauve spots Solwhit (FR) 26
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-10 C Byrnes D N Russell 165 5/61.83
6 2140-22 LIGHT BLUE & MAROON HOOPS, blue sleeves, striped cap Sublimity (FR) 26
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 11-10 t Robert Hennessy P A Carberry 161 10/111.00
7 420-746 RED, dark blue chevron, halved sleeves, quartered cap Won In The Dark (IRE) 26
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-10 Miss S J Harty R M Power 155 40/141.00
8 1196-1 LIGHT BLUE, royal blue hoop, royal blue armlet, royal blue cap Torphichen 52
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-8 E J O'Grady A E Lynch 143 20/121.00
Non runners
3F4/4343De Valira (IRE)811-10J MorrisseyD F O'Regan151

Verdict

Solwhit has home advantage but this can go to CELESTIAL HALO who is taken to underline his Cheltenham credentials. Paul Nicholls' charge was a tad disappointing when brushed aside by Khyber Kim in the Boylesports International but wasnt' at his best that day. The track and testing ground here will play to his strengths and he can prove too strong for Solwhit, who rates the main danger. Charles Byrnes' charge should confirm his Christmas superiority over Sublimity on this testing ground. Donnas Palm has won his last three and is at the top if his game right now but he needs a career-best to shake up the two principals.