OWNER J.P. McManus has a strong team of entries for the BoyleSports Hurdle at Leopardstown on Sunday, January 18th. The weights for the two-mile €100,000 handicap were unveiled today and the sponsors make the McManus-owned and Nicky Henderson-trained Snake Eyes their 8/1 favourite.
Waxies Dargle, trained by Noel Meade for McManus, is the 9/1 second favourite, while recent Leopardstown winner Shantou Ed (Pat Fahy/McManus) is also high up in the ante-post betting on 12/1.
McManus owns last year's winner of the race, Gilgamboa.
Willie Mullins has won the BoyleSports Hurdle on three occasions, including two of the last four renewals. His six entries this year include Clondaw Warrior, who won the November Handicap over this course and distance last year.
Successful with Xenophon in 2003, Tony Martin has put four horses in the race. Last year’s third Quick Jack is not engaged this time around, but the trainer has 14/1 chance Ted Veale on 11st 4lb, Savello on 10st 8lb, Shemshal on 10st 3lb and Elishpour on 10st.
Arthur Moore has an enviable record in the €100,000 BoyleSports Handicap Chase (formerly the Leopardstown Handicap Chase) which he has won on four occasions. First successful with the Tommy Carberry-ridden Royal Bond in 1982, he followed up five years later when The Ellier took the honours under Tom Taaffe. Barry Cash has ridden Arthur Moore’s most recent winners, Lyreen Wonder (2002) and Marcus Du Berlais who came out on top in 2005. Moore has entered three horses this time, Fever Pitch (9st 12lbs), Treat Yourself (9st 10lbs) and Back Off Mate who is set to carry 9st 9lb.
The entry of 27 horses is headed by the Colin McBratney-trained Marito (now a leading point-to-pointer) on 11st 10lb; just ahead of the Ted Walsh-trained Foxrock who has been allocated 11st 8lbs. Willie Mullins has made three entries for the race he won with Micko’s Dream in 2001 and they are headed by Djakadam on 11st 4lb. Dogora is set to carry 10st 11lb while Abbey Lane has 10st 5lb.
Last year’s winner He’llberemembered, trained by Paul Fahey, has been given 10st 10lbs and other interesting contenders include the Tony Martin-trained Sraid Padraig (10st 13lbs), Noel Meade’s Down Ace (10st 1lb) and with a weight of 9st 10lbs, the Enda Bolger-trained Federici.
Boylesports bet on the BoyleSports Hurdle: Snake Eyes 8/1, Waxies Dargle 9/1, Clondaw Warrior 10/1, Lucky Bridle 10/1, Shantou Ed 12/1, Mckinley 14/1, Rock The World 14/1, Ted Veale 14/1, Sea Beat 14/1, Tandem 14/1, Analifet 16/1, Elishpour 16/1, Pairofbrowneyes 16/1, Kashmir Peak 16/1, Katie T 16/1, Shemshal 16/1, Sir Abbot 16/1, Pink Coat 20/1, Shadow Catcher 20/1, Forced Family Fun 20/1, Fisher 20/1, Daneking 20/1, Tiger Roll 20/1, Rocky Wednesday 20/1, Harvey Logan 20/1, Follow The Sign 20/1, Modem 20/1, Rightdownthemiddle 20/1, Valyssa Monterg 20/1,
Fort Smith 25/1, Cacheofgold 25/1, Draco 25/1, Captain Carleton 25/1, Savello 25/1, Bishopslough 25/1, Kylestyle 25/1, Roll It Out 25/1, Forty Foot Tom 25/1, Somethingwonderful 25/1, Too Scoops 25/1, Getoutwhenyoucan 25/1, Whatuthink 33/1.Click here to see the full weights for the BoyleSports Hurdle and BoyleSports Handicap Chase