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Leopardstown Tips - Through the card tips on Savills Chase day

  • We take a look through the full card on day three of Leopardstown's Christmas Festival
  • The Savills Chase and the Christmas Hurdle are the two Grade Ones on the card
  • Sire Du Berlais and Delta Work are our selections in the big races
  • Gaillard Du Mesnil and Sempo feature amongst our other tips
Leopardstown races. (Getty)

The card on day three of Leopardstown's Christmas Festival is headlined by the Savills Chase, and this year's renewal is shaping up to be a battle for the ages. Viewers also have another Grade One to enjoy in the form of the Christmas Hurdle, along with several intriguing handicaps and novice contests.

Here are our best betting tips through the card at Leopardstown on Monday.

Leopardstown Christmas Festival Day Three Card

12:15pmMaiden Hurdle 2m4f
12:50pmPertemps Network Handicap Hurdle 3m
1:25pmBeginners Chase 2m5f
2:00pmFrank Ward Memorial Hurdle (Grade 1) 3m
2:35pmChristmas Handicap Hurdle 2m4f
3:10pmSavills Chase (Grade 1) 3m
3:40pmFlat Race 2m

Leopardstown Tips - Monday 28th December

Race 1 - Maiden Hurdle Tips

Gaillard Du Mesnil12.05pm Tote.ie Maiden Hurdle 2m4fGET 5/4 HERE
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GAILLARD DU MESNIL was expected to win on debut, but was unlucky to run into a talented sort in Holymacapony, who made all and beat the favourite by eight-lengths. Willie Mullins' newcomer still ran reasonably well there, and it's certainly the best piece of form on offer. He's the one to beat.

Race 2 - Pertemps Qualifier Tips

Cheltenham Festival fans will want to watch this race very closely, as it's produced more winners of the Pertemps Final than any other qualifier in the last ten years. The Bosses Oscar could still win here and carry a workable mark into the Final. Commander Of Fleet, however, is already rated 147, so don't be surprised if he sneaks into fourth, fifth or sixth place.

Considering how badly Paul Nolan's horses have been running this season, Mrs Milner's results have to be commended. While she's massively respected, I'm going to side with UNEXPECTED DEPTH.

Oliver McKiernan's charge returned from a 400-day absence with bang at Punchestown, carrying top-weight to victory in the Love Green Handicap. James Reilly pushed his mount out under hands-and-heels that day, and the duo won going away. Liam McKenna takes the ride this time, and reduces Unexpected Depth's weight to just 10-10. He looks open to further improvement.

Race 3 - Christmas Hurdle Tips

Sire Du Berlais1:15pm Leopardstown Christmas Hurdle (Grade 1) 3mGET 15/8 HERE
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Three of Ireland's leading contenders for the 2021 Stayers' Hurdle will clash in this thrilling Grade One. Fury Road has already come out and won a Grade Two this season, and Ronald Pump gave Honeysuckle a real fright when storming home for second in the Hatton's Grace Hurdle last time out.

While both hold obvious claims, and the dangerous Bacardys has been overlooked, I'm going to have to side with SIRE DU BERLAIS.

Gordon Elliott's eight-year-old would probably have won the Stayers' Hurdle last year, had he run up to the level he produced when winning his second Pertemps Final under top-weight. Sire Du Berlais was a little workman-like on his reappearance in the Lismullen Hurdle, but he's bound to come on for that run, and stepping up to three miles is a big positive.

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Sire Du Berlais (right) beating The Storyteller at Cheltenham. (Getty)

Race 4 - Christmas Handicap Hurdle

20-horse Irish Handicap Hurdles, where just ten pounds separates the majority of the runners, really aren't races I focus on. I'll probably have a little each-way punt on HANDSWORTH - who ran well over this trip at Wexford on his penultimate start, before finishing fifth over three miles last time out - but this won't be a big betting race for me at all.

Race 5 - Savills Chase Tips

Read our full preview of the 2020 Savills Chase to see which runner we feel is the best bet in this sensational Grade One.

If you want to watch the Savills Chase, or any of the other races at Leopardstown on your mobile device, then check out our Leopardstown Christmas Festival Live Streaming page.

Race 6 - Beginners Chase Tips

Sempo E/W3:00pm Ballymaloe Foods Beginners Chase 2m5fGET 15/2 HERE
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Despite a terrible performance on his chasing debut, where he made several early mistakes and practically crawled over the line, the bookies are taking no chance with The Big Getaway. Willie Mullins' charge is definitely a chaser, and you'd be very surprised if he didn't produce an improved display.

However, considering how poor he was first time out, I'm happy to take The Big Getaway on with SEMPO, who unseated Donagh Meyler at the first flight on his chase debut at Naas. The jockeyless Sempo then went on and jumped the second and third fences beautifully, before exiting the track on the second turn.

Sempo showed plenty of promise as a novice hurdler, and stayed on to finish second - two places ahead of The Big Getaway - in a maiden hurdle at this meeting last season. It wasn't a big mistake that caused the unseating at Naas, and I remain confident that Sempo will make a very useful novice chaser for O'Brien to have some fun with this season.

Race 7 - Flat Race Tips

Hamundarson3:35pm Midland Legal Solicitors INH Flat Race 2mGET 5/2 HERE
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Ramillies and HAMUNDARSON ran in the card-closing bumper at this meeting on Boxing Day last season. Ritchie Deegan was taking five-pounds off Ramillies back that day, but Hamundarson still finished the strong, relegating Mullins' charge to fourth as he finished closest to Risk Factor.

Ramillies hasn't been seen since then. In contrast, Gordon Elliott's five-year-old has run in four further bumpers, finishing second twice. This time around, it's Elliott who's called upon a claimer to take weight off Hamundarson's back, and I think that will give him a big edge over his market rival.

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