Irish Horse Racing Tips – Best Bets At Leopardstown on Sunday, December 27
The top-class racing continues in Ireland on Sunday with further action from the Christmas Festival meeting at Leopardstown. We’ve looked through the racecard to pick out our Saturday Irish racing best bets and tips.
There is more classy horse racing action taking place in Ireland on Sunday with the continuation of the Christmas Festival meeting at Leopardstown where 7 races will unfold across the day’s fixture which features Grade One action.
We might have lost day two of the Limerick Festival, but at Leopardstown there are two top-level races with the Future Champion Novice Hurdle joining the Paddy’s Rewards Club Chase as the day’s feature events, while there is also competitive handicap action with the Paddy Power Chase.
We’ve looked through the day’s remaining racecard in Ireland where we’ve picked out our Sunday Irish racing best bets and tips at Leopardstown.
IRISH HORSE RACING TIPS – LEOPARDSTOWN TIPS, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27
1:45 Leopardstown – Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) (4yo+) 2m
BALLYADAM is unbeaten over hurdles in two starts, impressing on his debut at Down Royal with a twelve lengths defeat of Colonel Mustard and then stepping into Grade One company to beat Cask Mate in the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle.
Also a winner of a point-to-point and a bumper, Gordon Elliott’s Fame And Glory is open to plenty of improvement on the back of those two successes and despite being bred for further than this two miles he showed he wasn’t short of pace at the trip with that Grade One success.
He wasn’t always foot perfect and there’s certainly room for improvement in his jumping, but he could prove the one to beat here with further progress anticipated and he can put his experience to good use to come out on top.
2:20 Leopardstown – Paddy Power “Maybe I Like The Misery” Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m
WINNER TAKES ITALL is lightly-raced over hurdles and can get back to winning ways in this sphere having won at Sligo on just his second hurdles start and finding only one too good on his latest start over timber at Punchestown in September.
Joseph O’Brien’s Nathaniel gelding was last seen scoring on the Dundalk all-weather when beating Next In Line by just over three lengths and the form of his latest hurdles run looks pretty solid so he can continue to get competitive despite being raised 3lbs in the weights.
The choice of Mark Walsh from the JP McManus-owned runners in the race, he can make his presence felt in a competitive contest.
2:55 Leopardstown – Paddy Power Chase (Extended Handicap Chase) (Grade B) (5yo+ 0-150) 3m
FARCLAS took well to chasing last term, winning all three starts over fences on better ground and Gordon Elliott’s charge shaped better than the bare result when possibly needing his reappearance at Punchestown in November where he was beaten around twelve lengths by Daly Tiger.
The Jukebox Jury gelding won the 2018 Triumph Hurdle but things didn’t go to plan for him thereafter and he lost his way over the smaller obstacles where his last run in that sphere saw him unseating his rider in the 2019 Coral Cup.
He’s looked much more accomplished over fences however and he should strip fitter for his latest reappearance which came on the back of a long absence. He had largely travelled well until a bad mistake shuffled him back and he could never recover from that mishap.
The step up to three miles could well suit him and the stiffer test can help deliver a jolt of improvement that can see him competitive in this big-field contest where he can make his presence felt.