Sunday’s Daily Double – 15/1 double covering two races on final day of Leopardstown’s Christmas Festival

Klassical Dream won the Christmas Hurdle and is antepost favourite for the Stayers' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.Klassical Dream won the Christmas Hurdle and is antepost favourite for the Stayers' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Jon Vine rolls his NAP and NB together into this Daily Double, covering big races on day four of Leopardstown’s Christmas Festival on Sunday 29th December.

Leopardstown always delivers over Christmas, and this year’s meeting has lived up to every expectation, providing fans with thrills, spills and a boatload of sporting drama! I’ve looked to Leopardstown for my NAP and Next Best on Sunday, rolling my selections together into this 9/1 double with Ladbrokes.

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Sunday’s Daily Double

2:30pm Leopardstown Matheson Hurdle (Grade One) 2m

Coeur Sublime is sure to garner some support on the day, having bolted up in a Grade Three on his previous start. I, however, don’t think Gordon Elliott’s four-year-old – or any of the other seven entrants – are in the same league as KLASSICAL DREAM (NAP) and he’s definitely my best bet of the day sitting on 11/10!

Klassical Dream’s unbeaten record may have come to an end in the Morgiana Hurdle, but there were certainly excuses for that limp performance. The ground was a little on the good side to begin with, and the favourite made a terrible error at just the second hurdle, which could have hindered his jumping throughout the rest of the race.

Last season, Klassical Dream swept all aside during his unbeaten novice campaign, collecting three Grade Ones along the way. The ground will be lovely and soft on Sunday, and Klassical Dream boasts winning form here at Leopardstown. After he wins on Sunday, he will be a very short-priced favourite for the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.

3:05pm Leopardstown Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Handicap Hurdle

Barring last season – where an experienced chaser proved himself very well handicapped over hurdles – the previous four editions of this handicap have been won by novices, three of them winning on their first starts in handicap company. With that in mind, DEFINITE PLAN (NB) looks an outstanding contender and he could be chucked in, having been handed an opening mark of 126.

Gordon Elliott’s seven-year-old made his debut under rules at Downpatrick in October, where Definite Plan carried odds of 16/1 to victory over two-and-a-half miles. Two narrow defeats have followed in novice hurdles at Fairyhouse, where Elliott’s charge came out second-best to a couple of well-backed favourites.

Definite Plan has recorded RPRs of 133 and 137 on his two most recent runs, the latter being some eleven-pounds short of his official handicap mark. Ground and trip seem ideal, and Davy Russell has had winners at Leopardstown and Limerick this week. Definite Plan is a definite player.