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Leopardstown Tips - Every race covered on day two of Christmas Festival

  • We take a look through the card on day two of Leopardstown's Christmas Festival
  • Two Grade One races will be staged at Leopardstown on Sunday
  • Chacun Pour Soi is odds-on to claim another victory at Leopardstown
  • Klassical Dream, You Raised Me Up and Home By The Lee feature in our tips
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Klassical Dream makes his first start over fences at Leopardstown. (Getty)

The card on day two of Leopardstown's Christmas Festival features two fantastic Grade One races. We also have a maiden hurdle, and beginners chase and several lucrative handicaps to enjoy on Sunday at Leopardstown. Let's just straight into our best day two betting tips.

Leopardstown's Christmas Festival Day Two Card

12:05pmJuvenile Hurdle 2m
12:35pmBeginners Chase 2m1f
1:10pmPaddy Rewards Club Chase (Grade 1) 2m1f
1:45pmFuture Champions Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m
2:20pmHandicap Hurdle 2m
2:55pmPaddy Power Handicap Chase (Grade B) 3m
3:30pmFlat Race 2m4f

Leopardstown Tips - Sunday 27th December

Race 1 - Maiden Hurdle Tips

TREBIZOND has the profile of a horse you'd be excited to see run on the flat. By a Derby winner in Golden Horn, and out of a mare who's produced two Grade Two winners on the level. Instead, this beautifully bred three-year-old goes straight over hurdles for Henry De Bromhead, who often does well with juveniles, so a chance can be taken on Trebizond in this open looking maiden hurdle.

Race 2 - Beginners Chase Tips

January Jets brings some decent form to the table and Jeremys Flame cannot be ignored. However, I've been waiting for KLASSICAL DREAM to jump a fence all season, and I think Willie Mullins' charge can make up into a Grade One-quality chaser.

On that back of a sparkling novice campaign over fences, it was disappointing to see Mullins' Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner struggle on his two outings last season. The injury that ruled Klassical Dream out of a run in the Champion Hurdle could turn out to be a blessing in disguise, as it's allowed connections top focus solely on chasing, and I'm really excited to see what this classy six-year-old will produce.

Race 3 - Paddy's Rewards Club Chase Tips

Le Richebourg E/W1:10pm Paddy's Rewards Club Chase 2m1fGET 33/1 HERE
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To hand Chacun Pour Soi an RPR of 171 for his reappearance win was, quite frankly, ludicrous. Two of the four runners fell at the final flight and Darasso was never travelling. Chacun Pour Soi was always going to win, but he didn't jump or travel all that fluently, and I cannot see where that astronomical rating has come from.

I'm still expecting the current 2021 Champion Chase favourite to beat Notebook and Put The Kettle on here, as he's bound to come on for the run. Yet, LE RICHEBOURG has been massively overlooked at his current price, and an each-way punt - or a bet without the favourite - could be worthwhile.

Before injury curtailed his progress, the only horse to have beaten Le Richbourg over fences was Delta Work. Joseph O'Brien's charge won two Grade Ones here at Leopardstown, but was forced to spend the next 22 months on the sidelines. 

Heavy ground, through thick fog, over two-and-a-half miles was never going to suit Le Richebourg, and a return to his favourite track on much more suitable ground could spark a revival in form.

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Le Richebourg winning his second Grade One as a novice chaser here at Leopardstown. (Getty)

Race 4 - Future Champions Novice Hurdle Tips 

Read our full preview of the 2020 Future Champions Novice Hurdle to find out which potential star we're backing at an each-way price.

If you want to watch this race, and any race during the week at Leopardstown on your mobile or tablet, then check out our Leopardstown Christmas Festival Live Streaming page.

Race 5 - Handicap Hurdle Tips

YOU RAISED ME UP ran consistently well during his novice hurdles campaign, finishing second twice and a close third on his handicap debut at the Dublin Racing Festival. 

Martin Brassil's seven-year-old claimed a maiden victory on his reappearance, beating a talented rival in Run For Oscar by a comfortable margin. You Raised Me Up ran up to an RPR of 135 that day, and carries nine-pounds less now back in handicap company. I think he has an excellent chance.

Race 6 - Paddy Power Chase Tips

Roaring Bull, Fitzhenry and Plan Of Attack fought out a thrilling finish in this race 12 months ago, and all three return to have another crack. I, however, think HOME BY THE LEE is the right favourite, and Joseph O'Brien could have an Irish Grand National contender on his hands.

Home By The Lee was sent straight out over 22-furlongs on his chase debut, where he comfortably beat Ministerforsport. A Grade Three triumph followed at Cork, before O'Brien's five-year-old finished a 13-length third behind Envoi Allen in the Drinmore.

JJ Slevin's mount ran up to an RPR of 147 in that Grade One, and there's no doubting this step up in trip will suit. Off an official mark of just 139, Home By The Lee looks very well handicapped to me.

Race 7 - Flat Race Tips

A fairly easy one to round off a thrilling card, as REALITY CHEQUE should really win this with plenty in hand. No-one else comes into this on the back of strong showing, whereas Willie Mullins' favourite went down by less than a length at Fairyhouse on his stable debut. Patrick takes the ride, and I'd be really surprised if he wasn't good enough to win.


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