IRELAND’S top trainers unleash some of their big guns at Leopardstown, with Gordon Elliott holding a strong hand in the 3m Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle.
Sire Du Berlais has won both starts since blinkers were applied, giving weight and a narrow beating to The Storyteller in the Pertemps Hurdle Final at Cheltenham before seeing off French Dynamite in early November. Stablemate FURY ROAD (1.15) built on his close third to Monkfish at Cheltenham by beating Dewcup in the Punchestown mud last month. Throw in Stayers’ Hurdle runner-up Ronald Pump, a close second to Honeysuckle at Fairyhouse in November, and this should be a post-Christmas cracker.
MINELLA INDO (2.25) can mop up the Grade 1 Savills Chase over three miles. He would probably have landed last season’s RSA Chase at Cheltenham but for a last-fence error, and has since looked the real deal in landing the odds at Wexford and Navan. This will be no cake-walk, with the likes of Presenting Percy, Kemboy and Delta Work lining up in opposition.
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