Sunday 20 April 2014

Leopardstown official to survey racecourse tomorrow morning in light of red weather alert

Ruby Walsh on Hurricane Fly at last year's Leopardstown Christmas Racing Festival. Photo: Sportsfile

Officials at Leopardstown will monitor weather conditions heading into the second day of the Christmas meeting with high winds and heavy rain forecast.

The Foxrock venue is due to hold one of its showpiece cards of the year, featuring the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase and the Future Champions Novice Hurdle.

Racing took place on the first day of the Festival on ground officially described as soft.

A statement from the Turf Club read: "Given the forecast for high winds and heavy rain overnight and into tomorrow, the situation will be monitored at Leopardstown ahead of the fixture on Friday, December 27. A further weather update will be issued by 7.30am on Friday morning."

Heading the cast for the Dial-A-Bet is former two-mile king Sizing Europe, who clashes with new kid on the block Arvika Ligeonniere and Arkle runner-up Baily Green as he looks to repeat last year's success.

Star of the show in the Future Champions race is The Tullow Tank, winner of the Grade One Royal Bond at Fairyhouse.

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