Cheltenham Gold Cup Hero Coneygree Set For First Ever Irish Appearance

Last season’s Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Coneygree could make a first ever appearance in Ireland over Christmas as his name features among 26 entries for the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown on December 28th. Djakadam and Road To Riches, second and third to Coneygree at the Festival, are also entered, as is the Gordon Elliott-trained Don Cossack. Vautour is also in there, as is last season’s Aintree Grand National hero Many Clouds. Nichols Canyon, Arctic Fire, Identity Thief and Windsor Park head the entries for the Ryanair Hurdle on December 29th. The Paddy Power Dial-a-Bet Chase features Un De Sceaux, Clarcam and Smashing. The Racing Post Novice Chase has attracted the likes of Douvan, Kitten Rock and Sizing John while Long Dog, Tombstone, Woodland Opera and Disko are among the entries for the Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle. Martello Tower, Thousand Stars, Alpha Des Obeaux and the Dan Skelton-trained Baradari feature among the entries for the Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle. Of the 34 in the Neville Hotels Novice Chase, No More Heroes and Monksland, first and second at Fairyhouse on Sunday, catch the eye. Felix Yonger and Days Hotel, first and third in the race last year, head an entry of ten horses for the Grade 2 Kerry Group Hilly Way Chase at Cork on Sunday. Willie Mullins is responsible for four entries, including Felix Yonger who made a promising return to action when finishing third behind Road To Riches in the Grade 2 Clonmel Oil Chase last month. The champion trainer has also put Mozoltov, Twinlight, the 2013 winner, and Un De Sceaux in the €47,500 event. Days Hotel won the race in 2012 and he looks set to represent trainer Henry de Bromhead while Gordon Elliott can choose between his Grade 1 winner Clarcam and Bright New Dawn who was runner up to Road To Riches at Clonmel. Trainer Philip Dempsey has put his fine mare Jacksonslady in the race while Louise Hallahan and Andrew Lee have entered Toon River and Toubaloo respectively. The Grade 3 Kerry Group Stayers Hurdle has also attracted an entry of ten, including the Willie Mullins-trained Gangster, a winner over hurdles at both Roscommon and Listowel. Gordon Elliott has entered both his impressive Clonmel winner Jetstream Jack and Cogryhill while another interesting contender in the €32,500 event would be Damut, the winner of his last four starts, including two at Cork. Seven entries have been received for the €37,000 Grade 3 Kerry Group EBF Mares Novice Chase including Gordon Elliott’s recent Fairyhouse winner Miss Dinamic and the Mick Winters-trained Perfect Woman, another that has been successful on each of her last four starts.