The Racing Post Novice Chase is the feature race of the opening day of Leopardstown's Christmas Festival. The four-day Festival itself offers a feast of betting just after Christmas as the action gets underway on Boxing Day and there is rarely a dull moment for horse racing betting enthusiasts at this time of year.
The Racing Post Novice Chase is a race of the highest quality and the ante-post racing odds always attract interest. It is a Grade One contest and it involves a trip of 2 miles and 1 furlong. When considering the ante-post betting it is worth noting that there have been several quality winners in recent years, including Sizing Europe, Realt Dubh and Blackstairmountain, while entries from the stables of Willie Mullins and Noel Meade demand respect in their homeland.
|2001||Moscow Flyer||Jessica Harrington|
|2002||Le Coudray||Christy Roche|
|2003||Central House||Dessie Hughes|
|2004||Mariah Rollins||Pat Fahy|
|2005||Missed That||Willie Mullins|
|2006||Schindler's Hunt||Dessie Hughes|
|2007||Sky's the Limit||Edward O'Grady|
|2008||Follow The Plan||Oliver McKiernan|
|2009||Sizing Europe||Henry De Bromhead|
|2010||Realt Dubh||Noel Meade|
|2012||Arkiva Ligeonniere||Willie Mullins|
|Result||Leopardstown - 26th Dec 2012||Age||Jockey||Trainer|
|1st||Arvika Ligeonniere 9/10F||7||P Townend||W Mullins|
|2nd||Oscars Well 11/8||7||R Power||J Harrington|
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The Leopardstown Christmas Meeting hosts a wealth of Grade One contests and the Lexus Chase is one of the most highly anticipated races during the four days. It takes place on the third day over a distance of 3 miles and there are usually a host of Cheltenham Gold Cup contenders on show.
The Lexus serves as a trial for Cheltenham's showpiece in March and Synchronised actually used the Lexus as a springboard for Gold Cup success during the 2011/12 season. There are sure to be some tempting odds for a horse to do the 'double' again this year.....
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