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Heartbreak City heads Hurdle entries
on 13 January 2017
The entries and weights for the €100,000 Hurdle and €100,000 Leopardstown Handicap Chase have been announced

THE entries and weights for the €100,000 Hurdle and €100,000 Leopardstown Handicap Chase at Leopardstown on Sunday, January 22nd have been announced today.

With 35 horses entered into the Hurdle – both Tony Martin and Willie Mullins have entered seven horses each and a fascinating return to hurdles could be on the cards for Martin’s Heartbreak City (3/1 fav). A winner on his last start over hurdles at the Galway Festival in July, Heartbreak City has since won the Ebor Handicap at York and went so close as runner-up to Almandin in the Melbourne Cup in November.

He is set to carry 10st. Martin previously won this race with the Mick Fitzgerald-ridden Xenophon in 2003 and others among his possible runners include Pyromaniac (20/1) on 10st 12lbs, Golden Spear (12/1) who has 9st 13lbs and Tudor City (16/1) on 9st 11lbs. Tony Martin commented: “The hurdle is an important and valuable race in the calendar, Heartbreak City came out of his impressive performance in the Melbourne Cup well and this race is the most likely hurdle target for his next run, all going well. He is entered alongside six others from our yard and we expect to have a competitive entry to the field.”

Willie Mullins is bidding for his fourth success in this race and he can choose from a team that includes Renneti (16/1), who has been allotted top-weight of 11st 10lbs.

Thomas Hobson (20/1) was third in the Grade 1 Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle at the Punchestown festival in April and is set to carry 11st 4lbs while Allblak Des Places (16/1), runner-up in the Grade 1 GAIN Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown last February has 11st 1lb.

Chasing his first success in this race, Gordon Elliott has made five entries with Tombstone (16/1), fourth in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival last March, the highest-rated of the quintet on 11st 8lbs. Mick Jazz (12/1) and Desoto County (16/1) have been allotted 10st 9lbs and 10st 8lbs respectively while recent Leopardstown and Cork runner-up Veinard (14/1) is a little further down the weights on 9st 12lbs.

Hidden Cyclone (16/1) was third in the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle in November and Shark Hanlon’s stable star has been given an initial weight of 11st 7lbs which is 3lbs more than the Evan Williams-trained Clyne (14/1) who is the winner of his last four starts. That’s A Wrap (8/1) is seeking his fourth successive win and he is set to carry 10st 2lbs after his victory at Leopardstown last month while his trainer Tom Mullins could also be represented by his recent Fairyhouse runner-up Top Othe Ra (33/1) who has 9st 5lbs along with Sir Scorpion (20/1) (10st 6lbs) and Grand Partner (20/1) (10st 1lb).

€100,000 Leopardstown Handicap Chase

The €100,000 Leopardstown Handicap Chase has attracted 40 entries and Willie Mullins is responsible for 11 of them, headed by his JLT Novices’ Chase winner Black Hercules (12/1) who has been given 11st 6lbs.

Another Mullins contender at the top end of the handicap is the Punchestown Festival winner Pleasant Company (14/1) on 10st 12lbs.

Empire Of Dirt (12/1), successful in the race last year for the now-retired Colm Murphy, heads the weights for the Chase on 11st 10lbs. One of 12 horses entered by Gordon Elliott, Empire Of Dirt went on to win the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham festival for Murphy and made a winning start for his current trainer in the Troytown Handicap Chase at Navan in November.

Dual Cheltenham festival winner Cause Of Causes (40/1) is another of Elliott’s team and he has 10st 12lbs while Killer Crow (33/1), runner-up to Empire Of Dirt 12 months ago has 9st 3lbs at this early stage.

Lake Takapuna (14/1) was a winner for trainer Jim Culloty at Leopardstown over Christmas and he has been handed 9st 5lbs while other interesting entries certainly include the Liam Burke-trained Sumos Novios (16/1) , an impressive winner at Cork on Saturday on 10st 3lbs, Tom Taaffe’s Rogue Trader (10/1) on 10st 1lb, Ellmarie Holden’s Troytown Handicap Chase runner-up Abolitionist (16/1) with 9st 13lbs and the Sandra Hughes-trained Total Recall (16/1) on 9st 8lbs.

This is the second year of sponsorship for Coral and they are once again offering a €100,000 bonus for the connections of any horse that wins both the Hurdle and the Coral Cup in 2017.

Tony Martin was the last trainer to achieve this big race double with Xenophon back in 2003. Simon Clare, Coral PR & Broadcast Director, commented: "We are thrilled that a horse of the calibre of Heartbreak City is targeting the Hurdle. He will start a very warm favourite as he looks frighteningly well handicapped based on his high class flat form last season that saw him win the Ebor and go close in the Melbourne Cup. Tony Martin was the last man to win this race and then the Coral Cup with Xenophon in 2003 and this time there is a 100,000 euro bonus for connections if he achieves that with one of his entries."

Pat Keogh, CEO Leopardstown commented: Pat Keogh, CEO Leopardstown Commented: “We’re delighted to see such strong entries for these two great races which will give 2017 a flying start. The hurdle is always one of the most competitive races of the year and this renewal will be no exception. The Leopardstown Handicap Steeplechase is another race with a proud history; Arkle won it three times. This day continues to provide some of the best sporting action you will see all year – last year the day went viral when Ruby Walsh stirred Killultagh Vic to victory in one of the most incredible riding performances ever seen in the Novice Steeplechase. We expect that thrilling sporting action to continue on Hurdle Day as we kick off 2017.”



3/1 Heartbreak City

8/1 That’s A Wrap

10/1 After Rain

12/1 Golden Spear

12/1 Mick Jazz

14/1 Veinard

14/1 Clyne

16/1 Tudor City

16/1 Desoto County

16/1 Allblak Des Places

16/1 Renneti

16/1 Tombstone

16/1 Hidden Cyclone

16/1 Tycoon Prince

16/1 Okotoks

20/1 De Name Escapes Me

20/1 Sir Scorpion

20/1 Pyromaniac

20/1 Thomas Hobson

20/1 Grand Partner

20/1 Ice Cold Soul

20/1 Gladiator King

33/1 Topofthera


8/1 Haymount

10/1 Ball D’Arc

10/1 Rogue Trader

10/1 Stellar Notion

12/1 Black Hercules

12/1 A Toi Phil

12/1 Empire Of Dirt

14/1 Space Cadet

14/1 Peoples Park

14/1 Lake Takapuna

14/1 Briar Hill

14/1 Pleasant Company

14/1 Blazer

16/1 Total Recall

16/1 The Paparrazi Kid

16/1 Killer Miller

16/1 Sumos Novios

16/1 Prince of Scars

16/1 Fine Rightly

16/1 Rolly Baby

16/1 Abolitionist

20/1 Hash Brown

20/1 Roi Des Francs

20/1 Bentelimar

20/1 Kylecrue

33/1 Killer Crow

40/1 Cause of Causes

Click here to see the full entries for the Hurdle and Leopardstown Chase

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