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Waxies Dargle ready to strike for trainer Noel Meade


Waxies Dargle and Tony McCoy (R), here winning at Fairyhouse last year, can take the spoils for JP McManus

Waxies Dargle and Tony McCoy (R), here winning at Fairyhouse last year, can take the spoils for JP McManus

Waxies Dargle and Tony McCoy (R), here winning at Fairyhouse last year, can take the spoils for JP McManus

A great weekend's racing lies ahead, but today I'll be serving the final day of my ban. So that for reason I'm very much looking forward to tomorrow's racing at Leopardstown when I'll be back in action.

I'm out in the first at the Dublin track on Heart In The Air. I can't say I know much about her though she did win in Dundalk last time out. Leopardstown in January is much different to the all-weather track so I don't think she'll be a big fan of the ground. Bonny Kate, a full sister of Mala Beach, is the one to watch closley in this contest.

I'm also out in the 1.20 on Champione but he's very green and needs all the experience he can get. I think we'll all be chasing Lisa's Legacy home in that one.

Tomorrow, Leopardstown hosts two very valuable races, the first being the Handicap Chase at 2.20. The one that jumps off the page there is Byerley Babe. AP McCoy is up and he's doing 10st 7lb so you'd have to give them a good chance.

I'm out again in the Handicap Hurdle at 2.50 on Shadow Catcher. He is talented but is a real monkey. I've won on him before but that's two years ago now. He needs to be in the right frame of mind and if he is, he could run into a place but he has a mind of his own.

Noel Meade has an excellent chance in this one with Waxies Dargle. He's in the middle of the weights here and was in line for Ascot's Ladbroke Hurdle, but they felt he was being given too much weight so connections have had this race in mind for him.

I'm having to sit out today's racing at Naas but Kitten Rock looks the one in the Limestone Lad Hurdle. He won the Irish Independent Listed Hurdle and JP McManus, who also owns Waxies Dargle, has since bought him.

The 1.55 at the Kildare venue will come down to a shoot-out between Lots Of Memories and Rule The World. You can make a strong case for both but I'm going for Lots Of Memories purely on the basis that he has more experience over fences.

Keep an eye out for Tombstone in the bumper there too. He's been going well at home for Gordon Elliott and will be in the shake up.

Finally, it's fantastic that Sprinter Sacre back on the track today. I know they were agonising over the decision to let him take his chance in the Clarence House Chase in Ascot and it's great news that we're going to see him run.

Nicky Henderson obviously feels he's ready but after a long, serious lay-off you only really find out how ready a horse is when he takes to the track.

He was very impressive before his injury but he'll have to be at his best to win here in a small but classy field against four fit horses.

Willie Mullins sends just one over and it's Twinlight in the same race. He can be a bit hit-and-miss and I'll row in with Paul Nicholls' Dodging Bullets to take the spoils after his impressive win in the Tingle Creek at Sandown.

Condon's Call



3.0 Dodging Bullets


1.20 Kitten Rock

1.55 Lots of Memories

4.10 Tombstone



12.50 Bonny Kate

1.20 Lisa's Legacy

2.20 Byerley Babe

2.50 Waxies Dargle

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