Race Time: 1.15pm Meeting: Leopardstown Day: Sunday 27th December 2015 Full Race Name: Paddy Power “So Quick, So Easy IPhone App” Chase (Grade One)
This weekend is getting silly with so many top class horses in so many decent and valuable races and this looks likely to see the Willie Mullins trained Un De Sceaux (1/3) start prohibitively odds on but then that is purely because he is easily the most likely winner! The seven year old fell three out on his chasing debut at Thurles when sent off at odds of 1/8 but hen again, that was his only defeat in fourteen starts, two bumpers, seven hurdles and four chases in total. The comfortable winner of the 2015 Arkle Trophy at the Cheltenham festival, he is already as short as 7/4 for the Queen Mother Champion Chase and will be even shorter if he hacks up here, but how can anyone oppose him? Barring a fall he looks likely to make all and come home unchallenged, though tactically we expect someone to try and take him on in the first couple of fences to see if they can get him out of his rhythm and maybe even tempt him in to an early jumping error, which is probably their only chance.
Hidden Cyclone (20/1) is one of the elder statesman here at the age of ten and we mention him largely for that reason! On official ratings he does actually have a very small squeak of a chance, but as he has finished behind various Mullins runners, it seems glaringly obvious that they will know exactly what is needed to beat him.
British raider Simply Ned (18/1) will need to place at least to cover the travel costs over to Ireland from the Nicky Richards yard but in all honesty, he will have his work cut out unless there is a long list of last minute non-runners. He has won twice fairly recently but both were at Kelso which is not quite the same, but he does have plenty of form behind the likes of Sprinter Sacre and Dodging Bullets so ante post experts will be watching his run with interest to see if they can work out the pecking order ahead of Cheltenham 2016.
Gordon Elliott is near the top of the Irish training tree and although Clarcam (16/1) seems to have been around forever, he is actually only five years old and thus open to more improvement. He is comfortably held by Un De Sceaux on both Leopardstown and Cheltenham form but is half decent in his own right but like all the other runners entered, he needs a favourite catastrophe to have any chance on every known form line we can find and much as we hate pointing to odds on shots, what can we do in these circumstances?
Lastly, Henry De Bromhead knows the time of day and seems likely to let Sizing Granite (14/1) take his chance after a promising return at Naas when a head runner up to Devils Bride and he is our fancy for the forecast at this stage. He is only just out of the novice stage (just like the favourite), all be it at a slightly lower level, and won his last three races last season including the Maghull Novices’ Chase at Aintree by a length from Gods Own which is very solid form indeed and he may yet be the ignored option and start at an each way price?