Mala Beach, Rocky Wednesday and Mount Benbulben make the trip to Dublin for day three of the Christmas festival at Leopardstown...
12.25 Leopardstown - Mala Beach
He ran a good one last time in a maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse when third behind Bright New Dawn and Ned Buntline and he had some decent horses finish behind him. The form of that race should be strong enough with Ned Buntline winning on St Stephens' Day and it was a good boost for all involved as he was very disappointing previously at Wexford. The step up to two and a half mile will suit him and you'd have to say he's in with a pretty good chance here.
13.55 Leopardstown - Rocky Wednesday
He looked like he was going to win his latest handicap hurdle race at Navan a couple of weeks ago (traded at 1.041/25 in-running) but he just ran out of gas in the end. While it was disappointing to see him lose, we were pleased that he showed improvement on his more recent form which had been poor. He's been working well at home but he doesn't always show it on the racecourse and it's fair to say he's a tricky enough character to train. We'll probably just drop him out and let him do his thing - if he keeps his mind on the job, he can be thereabouts as he does have ability but as I say, he's a little bit tricky at times and you can never be sure how he'll race on the day.
14.25 Leopardstown - Mount Benbulben
This is a competitive race with the likes of Back In Focus and Dedigout due to run, but our lad has a good engine and I'm happy that he'll stay the three mile trip. It was great to see him win a beginners chase at Fairyhouse last time out but his jumping can let him down at times so that's a cause for concern. If he can get a clear round, he's got a decent chance of landing a place.