DAVY RUSSELL BLOG: Leopardstown Tuesday
It was a real buzz for Gordon and the team to have the one-two in the Grade One Future Champions Novice Hurdle in Leopardstown. Mighty Potter was Jack’s first winner back since breaking his arm at Navan last month and that was a thrill. My fella (Three Stripe Life) ran a real good race on what was only his second run over hurdles. He got stopped a bit at the second last which was frustrating, but he ran on really well. Anyway, onto Tuesday’s action and I’ve got some nice rides to look forward to including Grand Roi and Galvin in the two Grade Ones…
GEALACH – 12.35pm
This lad is owned by all the stable staff in Gordon’s so I’ll have a fair few giving me instructions! He hasn’t been in terrific form and that’s why he has slipped to this mark. The handicapper reckons that Gealach is the best in the race and let’s hope he is right. The reality is it looks a tough ask with Priory Park looking the one to beat.
DUFFLE COAT – 1.10pm
This looks a fiercely competitive Pertemps qualifier and obviously recent Ascot winner Ardhill will be hard to beat if he gets in as a reserve. I ride Duffle Coat for Gordon who tries three miles again after his recent run at Navan. He aways felt like he’d get this trip and he’ll go well if reproducing the form that saw him beat Adagio last season. You can make a case out for so many of these with Coltor and Maze Runner looking two obvious ones.
GRAND ROI – 1.45pm (Christmas Hurdle – Grade One)
A seriously good renewal of the Grade One Christmas Hurdle where I ride Grand Roi for Gordon and the Morans. He ran okay the last day when third to Darasso in Navan but this will require a huge step up from him. It’s a big step up in class and trip but hopefully he will run okay. The stable also run Sire Du Berlais who should go well as he is tough and stays well. I suppose a lot will depend on whether Klassical Dream reappears in the same form that he was in when last seen in Punchestown. He was out-of-this-world that day and will take some whacking if in the same mood.
GALVIN – 2.20pm (Savills Chase – Grade One)
One of the races of the entire Christmas meeting where I partner Galvin (pictured below) for Gordon. He was a real good second to Frodon in Down Royal and is starting to make a mark at the top level. This is a real acid test though and it will be some tough task against A Plus Tard. In fact, it will be really tough to beat A Plus Tard if he is in anywhere near the form he was in the last day. Gordon also run Delta Work who is going nicely at home too. He’s got form in this race and shouldn’t be far away with the run under his belt.
FLOUEUR – 2.55pm
My final ride of the afternoon is Floueur in the beginners chase. He will need to brush up his jumping a little to get involved in a race of this quality. The stable also saddle Fury Road who holds a serious chance after a couple of nice runs over fences. The first time pieces should help him a little too. However, Galopin Des Champs makes his chasing debut for the Willie Mullins camp and has the potential to go straight to the top of this division.