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Hurdles could be case of third time lucky for Claire

The January Jumps weekend at Leopardstown gets underway today, with two lucrative handicaps taking centre stage on the card. A field of 24 is looking to claim the lion's share of the €100,000 up for grabs in the Boylesports.com Hurdle, while 22 will face the starter for the Leopardstown Chase, which carries the same prize pool.

The sponsors Boylesports have been non-runner/no bet since the entries for the race were released and they are also offering five places on the race. It would be disappointing if the selection Leah Claire (16/1) couldn't make the five-places.

Trained by Willie McCreery, the eight-year-old mare has been a consistent sort throughout her career and she will be having her third crack at this race having been seen off by Citizenship by just a length and a quarter two years ago.

The ground was heavy last year when she failed to get involved and the conditions should be more in her favour today, albeit she is running of a 13lbs higher mark then the year she was second.


In the Leopardstown Chase, the Arthur Moore-trained Talbot Road is a tentative vote on what will be just the horse's third start over fences.

Last year's winner Farrell's Fancy was also a novice, but still had a couple of more runs under his belt than Talbot Road, but Arthur Moore knows what it takes to prime one for such a race and he is 7/1 with Boylesports.

Elsewhere on today's card, the day could get off to a good start for local owner Barry Connell, who is renowned for getting trainers to target his horses at Leopardstown, and Ballychorus and Champagne James look two that will be hard to beat in the opening maiden hurdles.