28 Dec

Keep A Lid On It At Leopardstown

A stunning 11 winner haul has come the way of Willie Mullins the last two days, including Grade 1 prizes for Min, Douvan and Saturnas, but for once the powerhouse might have to settle for second best in today’s feature, the Grade 1 Lexus Chase (3.00pm, RTE2).

Mullins saddles market leader Djakadam, twice runner-up in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and fit from a win at Punchestown, but this could be the day a horse formerly in his care comes back to haunt him…

Now racing for Henry De Bromhead, Valseur Lido may very well have what it takes to repeat his first time out win for his new stable, achieved in Grade 1 company at Down Royal last month, by winning the Lexus.

Unsurprisingly he’s the choice of Bryan Cooper, who could’ve opted for any of the five horses lining up in the distinctive maroon colours of Gigginstown.

The way he went about his business last time out marked him out as a Gold Cup hope, though he’ll need to be to take care of Djakadam and co.

Valseur Lido is the recommendation at 5/2, a price available with any of Betfred, Boyles, Coral, Hills or Paddy.

Elsewhere on the card, an intriguing runner in the Pertemps Hurdle Qualifier run at 12.50pm is Pat Kelly’s Presenting Percy, for whom the step up in distance to three miles can unlock further improvement.

On a hat-trick following wins at Galway and Punchestown, he steps up dramatically in trip here, representing a small but deadly operation in Craughwell, close to Galway in the west of Ireland.

It’s a tip in itself that Davy Russell chooses him over Sea Light, while Kelly had a big win at Limerick yesterday when he struck with Lizzies Champ.

Don’t be surprised if he follows suit with Presenting Percy.

Good luck!

Wednesday’s best bets at Leopardstown:

12.50 – Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) – 6 Presenting Percy (each way) @ 11/2 (Betfred, Coral, Paddy or Skybet)

3.00 – Lexus Chase – 12 Valseur Lido (win) @ 5/2 (Betfred, Boyles, Coral, Hills or Paddy)

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