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On His Own has each way claim

LEOPARDSTOWN were extremely unlucky with the horrible weather that hit us yesterday afternoon for the first day of their Christmas Festival but hopefully that is the worst of it over and done with now and we can enjoy the racing in a bit more comfort for the rest of the week.

Tomorrow is Lexus Chase Daywhich is one of the biggest days in Irish racing and we look to have a wide open renewal with the last two Cheltenham Gold Cup winners and the first two home from this year's renewal.

Bobs Worth is back again after winning this race last year but for me, the three horses I think could fill the places are Lord Windermere, On His Own and Carlingford Lough.

To be honest, I'm not sure what order I think they'll finish in, but you can say what you like about this year's Gold Cup but Lord Windermere and ON HIS OWN were first and second and On His Own is 25/1 for tomorrow.


Look at yesterday's King George which was won by Silviniaco Conti - he was behind the two of them in fourth in the Gold Cup so the Gold Cup 1-2 have to be there or thereabouts tomorrow and I just feel that On His Own could get his own way out in front, relish the conditions and be guaranteed to stay going when some of them are starting to throw in the towel.

Tomorrow's other Grade One is the three-mile Christmas Hurdle in which ZAIDPOUR is probably the pick for Willie Mullins and Ruby.

With a few of the shorter ones in the betting having their first run in a while I'm going to stick with Zaidpour although he fell the last day at Fairyhouse but don't rule out the winner on that occasion, Lieutenant Colonel running another massive race for Sandra Hughes.

Today is Paddy Power Chase day at Leopardstown and while Foxrock and Colbert Station are both in good form in themselves their task didn't get any easier yesterday morning when the weights went up by five pounds.

They're both well and the rain certainly won't bother FOXROCK so hopefully they get the luck in running and we'll see what happens after that.

I have picked up two spare rides in each of the bumpers at Leopardstown over the weekend so it would be nice if one of them could click.

Today I ride a horse called Call Vinnie who certainly comes from the right quarters as he is trained by Dermot Weld and Dermot's horse ran well in the bumper yesterday so he knows what is required up here.

Tomorrow I'm on Midsommarkransen for Jim Culloty and he was second first time out so hopefully he'll improve again.