DAVY RUSSELL: Leopardstown Saturday

Moving on to the final day of the Christmas Festival at Leopardstown on Saturday and it’s a big day for me with the ride on Delta Work in the Grade 1 Neville Hotels Novice Chase. Hopefully he can continue the great start he’s made over fences.

No racing in Ireland on Sunday so it’s a rare day off. This is my final blog of the year so I’d like to wish all readers a very happy and healthy New Year and thanks for all your support in 2018. It’s been a year that I won’t ever forget.

SATURDAY

LEOPARDSTOWN

MYTH BUSTER (12.45pm)

I haven’t ridden him before so don’t know too much about this fella but he made a promising start over hurdles when narrowly beaten into third in Gowran. He was doing his best work in the closing stages so it’s no surprise to see Henry (de Bromhead) step him up in trip by half a mile. A lot of these have very similar profiles so, as always, it will be the one that manages to make the most improvement that stands the best chance of collecting the prize.

DELTA WORK (1.55pm Neville Hotels Novice Chase Grade 1)

A big ride for me and I’m hoping he can continue with the excellent start he’s made over fences. I’ve been onboard for his two chase wins in Down Royal and then at Fairyhouse in the Drinmore Novice Chase (another Grade 1, pictured). He hasn’t won by wide margins but the form is working out really well. Le Richebourg (second in the Drinmore) came out to win the Grade 1 Racing Post Novice Chase in style this week to give the form a solid boost.

Delta Work is still learning the game and now gets stepped up to three miles which should suit him well if his hurdles form is anything to go by. His best win over hurdles came over this trip at the Cheltenham Festival earlier in the year when we won the Pertemps Network Final and he showed not only his class that day but that he is a real fighter too.

There are always big dangers at this level. Blow By Blow is another that should be suited by the step up in trip and Nick Lost has done very little wrong and can’t be under-estimated.

TOMBSTONE (Ryanair Hurdle Grade 1)

A fascinating race but I’m going to have my work cut out here on Tombstone who has plenty to find on official ratings. He has made the running in the past and faces some top class opposition here including stable companion Samcro who bids to get back to winning ways after his defeat at the hands of a very good Buveur D’Air in the Fighting Fifth. Melon looks a big danger. He won first time up last season before going on to run a blinder when a neck second to Buveur D’Air in the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

GOOD LUCK
DAVY


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