Today's racecards

Leopardstown

  • 13:25 woodiesdiy.com Christmas Hurdle 3m

  • Winner €26,000 2nd €7,600 3rd €3,600 4th €1,200
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 15.80s
  • Off time: 13:25:44
13:25 Leopardstown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Monksland (IRE) 11/4
2nd Zaidpour (FR) 11/8
3rd So Young (FR) 8/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 182-251 PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Zaidpour (FR) 26
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-10 W P Mullins R Walsh 162 11/82.38
2 1113-12 CERISE Monksland (IRE) 26
Nag me
5 11-8 N Meade P Carberry 157 11/43.75
3 44-6321 Black, white star, red sleeves, red cap, white star Owega Star (IRE) 12
Nag me
5 11-8 Peter Fahey A D Leigh 136 25/126.00
4 325/F2-4 Red, black diamond & sleeves, black & red hooped cap Rigour Back Bob (IRE) 27
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-8 E J O'Grady B J Geraghty 143 14/115.00
5 100513 Orange, dark blue braces, halved sleeves, dark blue spots on cap Whatuthink (IRE) 12
Nag meCourse Winner
10 11-8 t O McKiernan T J Doyle 145 33/134.00
6 1124-42 Maroon, white star and armlet, white cap Folsom Blue (IRE) 28
Nag meBeaten Favourite
5 11-6 C O'Dwyer B J Cooper 142 25/126.00
7 61119-4 PURPLE, yellow chevron & cap So Young (FR) 26
Nag meCourse Winner
6 11-6 W P Mullins D J Casey 153 8/19.00
8 449-102 Dark Blue, White star, Red sleeves, White stars, Red cap, White star Maller Tree 12
Nag me
5 11-3 Mrs J Harrington R M Power 135 25/126.00
9 1222-23 Red, light blue sleeves, red spots, red cap Voler La Vedette (IRE) 26
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-3 t C A Murphy A E Lynch 154 5/16.00
10 3F1221/ MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Weapon's Amnesty (IRE) 1017
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-3 C Byrnes D N Russell 145 14/115.00

Verdict

A tremendous line up here, easily worthy of Grade 1 status. Voler La Vedette won this a year ago but hasn't looked at her best in her two runs this season. Beaten by Whatuthink when long odds-on at Navan, she had no answer to ZAIDPOUR and Monksland in the Hatton's Grace at Fairyhouse though a moderate gallop wouldn't have aided her cause. The winner had beaten her narrowly in the Galmoy Hurdle over this trip at Gowran in January and it's difficult to see a reversal of that form. Monksland hasn't had the experience of those rivals and there's probably more to come over today's trip, which he races over for the first time under Rules. So Young set the pace in the Hatton's Grace but couldn't find a finishing burst so this longer trip may be in his favour while it's good to see the 2010 RSA Chase winner Weapon's Amnesty back in action and he's still young enough to make his presence felt when reverting to fences.