Best bet for the horse racing at LeopardstownAt 1.45 it is the three-mile Grade One Jack De Bromhead Christmas Hurdle. Flooring Porter looked to me as if he needed the run when fourth behind Home By The Lee, Bob Olinger and Ashdale Bob at Navan last month. At his best the two-time Cheltenham Festival winner, who won this race two years ago and was second last year, is the most likely winner. He is not the most trustworthy though at a short price. Zanahiyr also looked in need of the outing when down the field in the same race and will surely be a bigger threat today. The chestnut gelding spent most of last season chasing home the best of the best and as a five-year-old could have more to offer this season. At 6-1 he is an each-way bet to nothing here for me.
We are missing one of the big names in the Grade One Savills Chase at Leopardstown at 2.20 after A Plus Tard was ruled out of the race. The Henry de Bromhead-trained Cheltenham Gold Cup winner was withdrawn from the 3m contest on vet's advice this morning. Gordon Elliott now looks to holds a strong hand with Conflated, Fury Road and Galvin. On the form of the G.1 Ladbrokes Champion Chase last month Conflated has to be the pick with that effort having blown away any cobwebs. He was a good second to Clan Des Obaeux in the G.1 Bowl Chase at Aintree last back end having also won the G.1 Irish Gold Cup confirming he is one of the major players in the three-mile chase division now. With A Plus Tard missing I am on at 5-4. Royal Rendezvous might get in the mix at a fair price trying the trip for the first time.Be lucky