Boston Bob will be at Leopardstown this weekend
Leopardstown will host four Grade 1 races with prize money of half a million this Sunday on Hennessy Gold Cup Day, one of the highlights of the national hunt season in Ireland.
Only two weeks ago, Champion trainer Willie Mullins created a piece of history at Leopardstown with Hurricane Fly and now he will bid for a potential 10th win of the Hennessy Gold Cup, a record which is unprecedented and unparalleled. He will run both Boston Bob and On His Own in the €150,000 contest while First Lieutenant, trained by Mouse Morris, flies the flag for Gigginstown House Stud.
Recent Leopardstown winner Foxrock will take his chances as will John Kiely’s Carlingford Lough. Jim Culloty will run last season’s Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Lord Windermere. Noel Meade will run Texas Jack, while Henry de Bromhead’s Home Farm completes the declared field of eight runners.
The €85,000 Grade 1 Flogas Novice Chase, formerly run as the Dr. P.J. Moriarty Novice Chase, has a field of nine contestants and looks to be a cracker. Again, Willie Mullins looks to have a strong hand with three entries including Valseur Lido and Jarry D’Honneur, the recent Punchestown winner and Adriana Des Mottes, a Fairyhouse winner last November. Another notable entry is Le Vent D’Antan, a Christmas Festival Winner for Liz Doyle.
A total of 9 horses will run in the €90,000 Grade 1 Deloitte Novice Hurdle headed by the recent Naas Grade 1 winner Mckinley and Mullins’ Alvisio Ville, who impressed at the Leopardstown Christmas festival. Dermot Weld will be represented by Silver Concorde and Windsor Park.
A field of eight horses will compete for the €85,000 Grade 1 Gala Retail Spring Juvenile Hurdle. Noel Meade’s Officieux made all the running to win at Fairyhouse last time while Chatham House Rule scored in good style for Gordon Elliott at Punchestown on New Year’s Eve. Elliott also has his Limerick winner Vercingetorix in the race and Willie Mullins has two horses running with Kalkir and Petite Parisienne.