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Leopardstown

  • 14:00 woodiesdiy.com Christmas Hurdle 3m

  • (Grade 2) €40,000 added 4yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner €26,000 2nd €7,600 3rd €3,599 4th €1,199
  • Going: Good, Good to Yielding in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 7.00s
  • Off time: 14:00:21

Full result

14:00 Leopardstown Result 28th December 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Voler La Vedette (IRE) 11-3 A E Lynch C A Murphy 7 13/8
Held up towards rear, headway into 3rd before 3 out, travelled best to challenge entering straight, soon led and shaken up to assert before last, kept on well run-in, comfortably opened 11/8 touched 13/8
2nd Mourad (IRE) 11-8 R Walsh W P Mullins 6 4/5f
Tracked leader in 2nd, headway to lead after 3 out, strongly pressed and headed early straight, soon no impression on winner, kept on same pace opened 11/10 touched 11/10
3rd 9 Shakervilz (FR) 11-3 Mr P W Mullins W P Mullins 8 33/1
Led, jumped right, strongly pressed and headed after 3 out, no extra from early straight, kept on one pace opened 25/1 touched 33/1
4th ½ Powerstation (IRE) 11-8 K T Coleman E O'Connell 11 25/1
Tracked leaders mainly 4th, close up in 3rd 2 out, no extra from early straight and kept on one pace opened 25/1 touched 25/1
5th 20 Dare To Doubt 11-1 E Mullins W P Mullins 7 12/1
Held up in rear, in touch 2 out, no extra in 5th approaching last, eased when beaten run-in opened 12/1 touched 12/1
6th 82 Karabak (FR) 11-8 A P McCoy E P Harty 8 14/1
Tracked leaders mainly 3rd, mistake 5th, ridden and no extra 3 out, eased, completely tailed off opened 12/1 touched 14/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £2.40 Tote Place: £1.50,1.20
Straight Forecast: £3.53 Exacta: £2.90

Placepot: €6.40, Pool: €0.0

Verdict

A fine performance from a most remarkable mare in VOLER LA VEDETTE who comfortably reversed May's Punchestown form over this trip with Mourad and she's a fine advertisement to the skills of her trainer. Shakervilz had set the race up nicely for his stablemate and last year's winner but the mare cruised up alongsides the favourite with Andrew Lynch motionless and she only needed to be shaken up to score. The runner-up was only beaten four and a half lengths in the World Hurdle at Cheltenham and had also made the frame behind Quevega in the equivalent race at Punchestown. He was expected to reverse the form of the Hatton's Grace with the winner over this longer trip but proved no match for her. While it's possible that the winner is still improving, the suspicion remains that the second was below par. Mourad's campaign will surely play along similar lines to last season assuming that he comes out of this race in one piece but Colm Murphy has a harder decision to make in respect of the winner. She has finished behind Quevega on the two occasions that they've clashed while Big Buck's awaits in the World Hurdle at Cheltenham (which she skipped last year). She could drop back to two miles but seems more effective over further, particularly now that she settles so well, and attempting to gain revenge on Quevega at Punchestown in May would appear to be the most obvious principal objective for the remainder of the season but connections should have fun plotting her route to that contest. Dare To Doubt could have been expected to finish closer on the figures and the trip, on breeding at least, shouldn't have been a problem. She's worth another chance to prove her stamina at a more realistic level but Karabak produced a lacklustre display and the change of scenery doesn't appear to have reversed his fortunes. Shakervilz and Powerstation ran about as well as can have been expected in the face of a tough task.