Emerging forces and established stars of the Irish National Hunt scene are set to come out and play at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival.
The four-day racing bonanza takes place between Monday, December 26 and Thursday, December 29 and it is set to offer plenty of clues ahead of the big spring meetings.
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We’re sponsoring all seven races on the second day of the Leopardstown Christmas Festival and racegoers could witness something special as Facile Vega is set to take on all comers in the Grade 1 Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle – a race won by the likes of Istabraq, Hurricane Fly and Sizing John over the years. The most expensive race of the afternoon is the Paddy Power Chase, which is worth a cool €110,000 to winning connections.
The novice chasers are, arguably, the most exciting crop of horses at this stage of the season with Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins both boasting a number of talented runners so races like the Brand New Racing Post App Novice Chase on Monday and Neville Hotels Novice Chase on Thursday should help in the process of sorting out the classier types from the also rans.
A Plus Tard will bid to bounce back from a disappointing run in the Betfair Chase by reclaiming Wednesday’s feature, the Savills Chase, but last season’s Gold Cup winner faces competition from Conflated, Galvin and Kemboy. The afternoon’s card also features the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle, run in memory of Jack De Bromhead, with Flooring Porter set to face the Henry De Bromhead-trained Bob Olinger.
Elsewhere during the meeting, Sharjah faces up-and-coming stablemate State Man in his bid to land a record-breaking fifth renewal of the Matheson Hurdle on Friday.
The latest horse racing odds can be found on the Paddy Power website and Paddy Power app, otherwise everything you need to know about the Christmas Festival including the racecards, tips and results is below.
Leopardstown Christmas Festival races
Our snazzy ‘Racecards‘ hub has all you need to know about the runners and riders competing at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival.
12:00: All About Sunday Maiden Hurdle
12:35: Thorntons Recycling Maiden Hurdle
13:10: Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2)
13:45: [email protected] Novice Handicap Hurdle
14:20: Brand New Racing Post App Novice Chase (Christmas) (Grade 1)
14:55: ‘Bet Through The Free Racing Post App’ Handicap Chase
15:30: Race And Stay At Leopardstown I.N.H. Flat
12:05: Paddy Power ‘I Have No Idea What Day It Is’ 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle
12:35: Paddy Power ‘From The Horse’s Mouth Podcast’ Beginners Chase
13:10: Paddy’s Rewards Club Chase (Bohernabreena) (Grade 1)
13:45: Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle (Grade 1)
14:20: Paddy Power ‘Je Suis Une Baguette’ Handicap Hurdle
15:00: Paddy Power Chase (Extended Handicap) (Clonskeagh) (Grade B)
15:35: ‘Paddy Power Flat One’ I.N.H. Flat
12:00: Savills Maiden Hurdle
12:35: Irish Daily Star Christmas Handicap Hurdle
13:10: Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle
13:45: Jack De Bromhead Christmas Hurdle (Grade 1)
14:20: Savills Chase (Leopardstown Christmas) (Grade 1)
14:55: Ballymaloe Relish Beginners Chase
15:30: Midland Legal Solicitors I.N.H. Flat
12:00: Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Chase
12:35: Pigsback.com Maiden Hurdle
13:10: Beatthebank.ie Irish European Breeders Fund Mares Hurdle (Kerrymount) (Grade 3)
13:45: Neville Hotels Novice Chase (Fort Leney) (Grade 1)
14:20: Matheson Hurdle (December) (Grade 1)
14:55: I.N.H. Stallion Owners European Breeders Fund Novice Handicap Hurdle
15:25: Plusvital I.N.H. Flat
Leopardstown Christmas Festival tips
Paddy Power News is your one-stop shop for the Leopardstown Christmas Festival as we’ll have tipping columns from the likes of ITV Racing expert Ruby Walsh and the boffins at the Racing Post. You can also listen to our pundits talking through their best bets on our From The Horse’s Mouth podcast.
- Horse Racing Tips: Matt Chapman’s Thursday ITV Racing picks
- Horse Racing Tips: Mick Fitzgerald’s top Thursday picks at Leopardstown
- Horse Racing Tips: Timeform’s top Leopardstown picks for Thursday
Leopardstown Christmas Festival live stream
Did you know you can live stream racing from both sides of the Irish Sea completely free on paddypower.com and the Paddy Power app – and that includes every race at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival!
All you need to do is sign in to your Paddy Power account, find the betting page for the race you want to watch, hit the ‘Watch Live’ button and then you’re good to go. You don’t even have to place a punt to watch.
Leopardstown Christmas Festival results
You can find out if your bet is a winner in an instant by checking out our ‘Fast Results‘ feed. You can also see where every horse finished at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival thanks to our in-depth ‘Results‘ page!
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