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Leopardstown Handicap Chase (Grade A) 2m 5f

  • (5yo+, 2m 5f, 18 runners)
  • Winner €48,750 2nd €14,250 3rd €6,750 4th €2,250
  • Going: Soft, Soft/Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 56.70s
  • Off time: 14:47:57
Full result
Result 14:45 Leopardstown
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 16 Farrells Fancy 9/1
2nd 12 Sweeney Tunes hd 16/1
3rd 11 Klepht 16/1
4th 17 Carlingford Lough 1 5/1j
  • Last Updated: January 25 2013, 16:55 GMT

View from connections ahead of the Leopardstown Handicap Chase on Saturday.

Hidden Cyclone: Trainer feeling hopeful
Hidden Cyclone: Trainer feeling hopeful

Shark Hanlon is confident stable star Hidden Cyclone can defy top-weight as he takes a sizeable drop in class for the ultra-competitive Leopardstown Handicap Chase on Saturday.

The eight-year-old ran out an impressive winner on his first two starts of the campaign but failed to get competitive in the Lexus Chase over the Christmas period.

He comes back in trip from three miles to two miles and five furlongs this weekend and although he has to give weight to each of his 17 opponents, his trainer is in bullish mood.

"He's in great form and even though he has to carry top-weight, I'd be very hopeful," said Hanlon.

"The ground won't bother him and he's coming back to a trip that I think suits him, so even though he has to give weight to everything, I think they'll all have to go some to beat him.

"He's in the Ryanair Chase in Cheltenham and if we are going to go for a Grade One next time, he's going to have to win tomorrow."

Hidden Cyclone's presence means Dessie Hughes-trained novice Canaly gets into the race on a weight of 10st 6lb.

He had the option of running in novice company on the same card, but Hughes has decided to stick him in a handicap for the first time over fences.

"We didn't go for the novice race because we thought Boston Bob was running, and he isn't," said Hughes.

"It's a good prize, he's in good form and hopefully he'll run a big race with a nice weight on his back.

"He won on heavy ground the last day, so hopefully he'll be all right with conditions."

Eddie Harty saddles JP McManus-owned pair Carrigmartin and Like Your Style and feels both horses are capable of making their presence felt.

"Carrigmartin is having his second run back and they probably went a little bit quick for him over hurdles at Christmas," said Harty.

"He should strip fitter for that run and he'd have a chance in what is a very competitive race. Hopefully he has a long season ahead of him.

"Like Your Style is in good form and we're taking the blinkers off him. Although he'd worked well in them at home, they backfired when he ran in them at Christmas.

"If he can reproduce his Troytown run he'd have a very good chance, so fingers crossed.

"They'd probably both prefer better ground ideally, but it is what it is and Like Your Style showed in the Troytown he can handle softer ground."

Arthur Moore's 2011 Irish Grand National hero Organisedconfusion returns to the chasing game off the back of an encouraging performance over hurdles here at the end of December.

"He did well at Leopardstown and is in good form. The ground won't be ideal, but there's nothing you can do about that and he deserves his chance," said Moore.

"He's got a nice weight (11 stone)."

Glam Gerry disappointed when well fancied for Leopardstown's Paddy Power Chase over the Christmas period, but trainer Colm Murphy hopes this easier test of stamina will help his nine-year-old bounce back.

"He didn't seem to get home over three miles at Christmas and I'm hoping coming back to two-miles-five will suit him," said Murphy.

"He's in good form and if coming back in trip helps him, I'm hoping he'll run very well."

Eric McNamara's Questions Answered has been placed in the Kerry and Munster Nationals this season, was fifth in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham and sixth in the Paddy Power Chase here last time.

McNamara is expecting another competitive appearance.

"He's in great form. He did a lovely piece of work during the week and we're looking forward to running him," said the trainer.

"He ran a solid race, if not a fabulous race, at Christmas. He's a good, solid horse who jumps and stays.

"I don't think coming back to in trip will bother him. I don't think anything between two and a half and three miles is a problem.

"This race might not be quite as competitive as the one he ran in at Christmas. I'd expect him to be there or thereabouts."


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