It’s Paddy Power Day at Leopardstown. We’ve shaken off the turkey coma, and appeared from underneath a pile of Quality Street wrappers. There’s an indent on the couch where we have cabbaged for the last two days, but now we’re out and about and on the hunt for a winner at Leopardstown.
The feature race of the day is the Paddy Power Chase (3.00pm) and it’s another fiercely competitive 28-runner handicap. If you thought teaming up with your mother-in-law for a game of Cranium was tough, finding the winner in this field may be even harder. But fortunately we’re going to save you the hassle of doing too much form study by showing you where the money is going in Paddy’s punting book.
A whopping 40 per cent of the cash in Paddy’s book is coming for The Crafty Butcher (11/2), and that wicked team of Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins. The deadly duo combined for a hat-trick of wins at Leopardstown on Monday and punters fancy them to score again in the biggest race of the day on Tuesday afternoon.
The Crafty Butcher was a fairly useful hurdler who switched to chasing and joined the Mullins yard at the start of November. On his debut for Mullins he finished a well-held third in the Proudstown Handicap Hurdle at Navan and now he’s switched back over the bigger obstacles. An extended 3 miles on yielding ground is expected to suit The Crafty Butcher and with just 10-1 on his back he’s certainly caught the eye of punters.
The other two that are being well supported are Killer Miller (20/1) and another of the Mullins stable, Sambremont (20/1). Killer Miller for Noel Meade came third in a Grade 2 Chase at Punchestwon behind Shantou Flyer in November 2015 and returned after more than a year’s absence last month in the Troytown. He was a distant ninth on that occasion but punters clearly think he can bounce back and has more improvement in him.
Sambremount was brought down in the Troytown but has a Grade 2 Novice Chase win to his name. His best form has come around the two-and-a-half mile mark, but at the prices punters seem happy to gamble on him sticking it out to the line with PP paying SIX places on the big race.
Who comes out on top? Can Ruby and Willie give Paddy another hammering? Will the amount of Quality Street Paddy has eaten over the last week finally catch up with him? We can’t wait to find out!