Punters Poised For Grade One Feast At Leopardstown On Sunday

Cheltenham Festival clues will be aplenty at the weekend and not only at Newbury on Saturday, as Leopardstown are set to host a mouthwatering feast of top class action with four Grade One events taking place during their eight race meeting on Sunday.

The four-year-olds hog the limelight in the early part of the card in the Spring Juvenile Hurdle, with Willie Mullins' Ut De Sivola looking one of the star entries in the list, as he looks to enhance his claims for the JCB Triumph Hurdle at next month's Prestbury Park extravaganza.

Novices continue to take centre stage as the meeting progresses and Nicky Henderson has already announced today that Tolworth Hurdle victor Captain Conan will make the trip over from his Seven Barrows base to go for the Deloitte Novice Hurdle.

However, the former French raider will have some top class Irish contenders to lock horns with as they all look to stake their claims for a possible tilt at the Supreme Novices' Hurdle on the opening day of the Festival.

Mullins unsurprisingly has a strong battalion and the Co.Carlow trainer could send Royal Bond winner Sous Les Cieux and Midnight Game, whilst Edward O'Grady's Cash And Go is another who looks a major contender in a race that has unearthed such stars as Brave Inca and Forpadydeplasterer.

Philip Fenton's Last Instalment has been sensational in the new campaign and he was instantly slashed for the RSA Chase after his six length defeat of First Lieutenant in the Topaz Fort Leney Chase and he will bid for more success in the Dr P.J. Moriarty Novice Chase at 14:40 on Sunday.

Bog Warrior has been handed an entry, but Tony Martin has apparently opted to send his stable star to Naas on Saturday, but Last Instalment could face Lambro, who was last seen finishing second to the subsequent Irish Arkle winner Flemenstar and that is definitely top clas form.

Grade One action is rounded off with the highlight of the whole meeting with some potential Cheltenham Gold Cup contenders doing battle in the eagerly-anticipated Irish Hennessy Gold Cup.

Lexus Chase winner Synchronised was originally priced up as favourite, but Jonjo O'Neill's has already raised doubts about his appearance in the race and he has since been leapfrogged in the betting by the Irish duo of Quel Esprit and Quito De La Roque.

Both are in the lower echelons of the betting for the Gold Cup on March 16, but an impressive victory in Sunday's exciting contest will certainly see their price contract on day which is one not to miss and is arguably the greatest racecard of the entire national hunt season.

Todays Race Odds

Ascot
4:30 | 5:00
Down Royal
5:55 | 6:25 | 6:55 | 7:25 | 7:55 | 8:25 | 9:00
Lingfield
5:15 | 5:50 | 6:20 | 6:50 | 7:20 | 7:50 | 8:20
Newmarket
5:35 | 6:10 | 6:40 | 7:10 | 7:40 | 8:10 | 8:45
Thirsk
4:15 | 4:50 | 5:20
Uttoxeter
4:40 | 5:10
Wexford
5:40 | 6:15 | 6:45 | 7:15 | 7:45 | 8:15 | 8:50
York
6:00 | 6:30 | 7:00 | 7:30 | 8:00 | 8:30

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