Paul Ferguson two selections from Leopardstown for us on Sunday; No more Heroes at 3.15 and Bishops Road at 3.50. Compare odds and bet.
Leopardstown stages a high-class card on Sunday, with the Irish Champion Hurdle and a fascinating renewal of the Irish Arkle the undoubted highlights.
Un De Sceaux will be odds-on to land the Arkle and, given his speed over this trip, it will be a case of whether or not he jumps slickly enough to get away from his two rivals. If he jumps well I suspect he will win, but I have huge respect for Gilgamboa who is a high-class novice in his own right and Clarcam also proved himself to be in that category when winning over course-and-distance on Boxing Day. This is a race to watch and savour.
Later on the card, Clarcam’s jockey Barry Cooper has a couple of decent rides aboard No More Heroes (3:15) and Bishops Road (3:50).
The former is two from two over hurdles and appears the one to beat under the conditions in the 2m4f Grade 2 novice hurdle, a race that has gone the way of the likes of Nicanor, Hidden Cyclone, Boston Bob and Pont Alexandre in recent seasons.
Henry De Bromhead’s Bishops Road tops the weights in the 2m5f handicap chase, but might have been slightly underestimated on an opening mark of 123.
An impressive bumper winner at Killarney in May 2013, he beat the useful Rock The World in his maiden hurdle that October, and he has shaped with promise in both starts over fences to date.
The winning pointer has been lightly-raced since joining De Bromhead, but I’d like to think he would end up being rated better than his current mark.
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