The Best of British and Irish Horses go Head to Head at Leopardstown this Christmas

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Updated: December 2, 2013

Sir Des Champs, Bobs Worth, Silviniaco Conti, Hurricane Fly, Our Conor, Champagne Fever, Sizing Europe and Jezki

During a stable visit to Willie Mullins’ yard today, Leopardstown Racecourse announced the entries for the seven Grade 1 races at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival.

Bobs Worth and Sir Des Champs, first and second in last season’s Cheltenham Gold Cup look set to clash in the Lexus Chase, while the record breaker and Cheltenham Champion Hurdle winner Hurricane Fly and Triumph Hurdle winner Our Conor could line up in the Ryanair Hurdle against yesterday’s Bar One Racing Hatton’s Grace victor, Jezki.

In total the Christmas Festival entries have attracted 27 horses from 11 British trainers for the four-day festival. They will compete against the best of the Irish crop for total prize-money of over €1.1 million.

Pat Keogh CEO at Leopardstown Racecourse said: “We are really excited by the strength and depth of the Christmas Festival entries over the four days. The anticipation of seeing some of the biggest racing stars go head-to-head is thrilling. All our races are fully sponsored and advance ticket sales are strong.”

From his Co. Carlow training base, Willie Mullins showcased 26 of his horses including his exciting chasing prospect Champagne Fever who is being aimed at The Racing Post Novice Steeplechase, the feature race on the opening day of the Christmas Festival.

The first four home in yesterday’s Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle are all entered in the Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle while Sizing Europe and Rubi Light, first and second in the corresponding event twelve months ago, look set to do battle again in what looks a vintage renewal of the two mile Paddy Power Dial-a-Bet Chase.

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