Timeform Shortlist: Leopardstown, Wednesday December 28

Djakadam runs in Wednesday's Lexus Chase at Leopardstown
Djakadam runs in Wednesday's Lexus Chase at Leopardstown

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12.15 At The Races Maiden Hurdle 2½m35y

Timeform Top Rated:
134p 12. MONTALBANO W. P. Mullins R. Walsh
130p 3. BLACK KEY Henry de Bromhead B. J. Cooper
125 2. ASK NILE Seamus Neville B. Hayes

Analyst's Verdict:
Montalbano ran with plenty of promise on his hurdling bow at Auteuil in March and can make a successful debut for his new connections here. Black Key and Youcannotbeserious head the list of dangers.


12.50 Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) 3m

Timeform Top Rated:
157 18. BARNAHASH ROSE Jonathan Sweeney J. B. Kane (7)
156 5. MYDOR A. J. Martin P. E. Corbett (3)
155 13. BRIDGETS PET Alan Fleming Denis O'Regan

Analyst's Verdict:
Presenting Percy has taken really well to hurdling and found further improvement when scoring on handicap debut at Punchestown last month. He is bred to stay this longer trip and can land the hat-trick. In a wide-open event there are dangers aplenty, however, with Isleofhopendreams, Sea Light and Voices of Spring chief amongst them.


1.20 Ballymaloe Foods Beginners Chase 2m3f

Timeform Top Rated:
147p 1. ACAPELLA BOURGEOIS Ms Sandra Hughes Roger Loughran
145p 7. GANGSTER Henry de Bromhead B. J. Cooper
141p 8. GWENCILY BERBAS Alan Fleming Denis O'Regan

Analyst's Verdict:
Gangster just gets the nod in a competitive beginners chase. A useful performer over hurdles, he made a fine start to his chasing career when second at Punchestown earlier this month and this longer trip will suit him better. Bleu Et Rouge, Acapella Bourgeois and Don't Touch It look the principal dangers.


1.50 Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle (Grade 1) 3m

Timeform Top Rated:
175 7. VROUM VROUM MAG W. P. Mullins R. Walsh
169 4. SHANESHILL W. P. Mullins Mr P. W. Mullins
168 1. CLONDAW WARRIOR W. P. Mullins Ms K. Walsh

Analyst's Verdict:
Vroum Vroum Mag lost nothing in defeat when edged out by the race-fit Apple's Jade on her reappearance and is fancied to resume winning ways here. Snow Falcon and Clondaw Warrior may give her most to think about, although support for the ex-French trained mare Kotkikova could be significant.


2.25 Irish Daily Star Christmas Novice Handicap Hurdle 2m

Timeform Top Rated:
142 11. WHATS THE PLOT A. L. T. Moore J. W. Kennedy
141 8. CHARLIE STOUT Shane Nolan P. E. Corbett (3)
140 3. TUDOR CITY A. J. Martin Donagh Meyler (3)

Analyst's Verdict:
Whats The Plot turned in his best effort yet over hurdles at Thurles this month, not at all knocked about, and he looks interesting on handicap debut. Bull Ride and Charlie Stout make most appeal of the remainder.


3.00 Lexus Chase (Grade 1) 3m

Timeform Top Rated:
186 2. DJAKADAM W. P. Mullins R. Walsh
179 12. VALSEUR LIDO Henry de Bromhead B. J. Cooper
178 9. ROAD TO RICHES Noel Meade Sean Flanagan

Analyst's Verdict:
Djakadam didn't need to be at his best to make a winning return in the John Durkan this month, but that will have put him spot on for this, and he can make it successive wins in this for Willie Mullins. Vasleur Lido made an impressive start for Henry d Bromhead last month and looks a big danger, while 2014-winner Road To Riches should go well at an each-way price.


3.35 Midland Legal Solicitors I.N.H. Flat 2m

Timeform Top Rated:
84 6. GENERAL TRICKERY Edward Harty Mr. A. MacAuley (7)

Analyst's Verdict:
Carter McKay cost connections plenty after winning a point in April and can provide Willie Mullins with another winner on Rules debut. Moyross and Raise A Tail head the dangers.


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