Leopardstown Christmas Festival Day 3 tips: Snow Falcon hot stuff, Bleu Et Rouge tough to beat
Snow Falcon can swoop to success Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle
Snow Falcon has a progressive profile and looks decent value to turn over red-hot favourite Vroum Vroum Mag in the 3m Grade 1 Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle on the third day of the Leopardstown Christmas Festival (13.50).
Trained by Noel Meade, the gelding was a Grade 2 winner last season and looked an improved performer in winning his first two starts of this campaign in terrific style.
After readily beating Hidden Cyclone at Listowel, Snow Falcon registered an impressive victory when easily beating De Plotting Shed by 3 1/4 lengths in a Grade 2 at Navan.
The six-year-old was then in the process of running a huge race when falling three from home in the Grade 2 Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury last month.
Snow Falcon was tanking along and yet to be asked a question when close up and coming to grief three from home and the winner Unowhatimeanharry has come out and won since and is now favourite for the 2017 World Hurdle.
There is little doubt in my mind that the selection would have given the winner plenty to think about and Snow Falcon is clearly improving at a rate of knots and looks the type who should have more to offer.
Bleu Et Rouge fancied to make winning chase debut
In the 2m 3f Ballymaloe Foods Beginners Chase (13.20), Bleu Et Rouge can make his eagerly waited debut over the larger obstacles a winning one.
The Willie Mullins trained five-year-old was a very smart novice over hurdles last season when winning two of his five starts, including a Grade 1 contest at this venue where he beat the highly regarded Tombstone by three lengths.
Bleu Et Rouge then fell in the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival before going on to round off the campaign with a solid fifth in a Grade 1 at Aintree.
Whatever the strapping son of Charming Groom achieved over hurdles was always going to be a plus and the J P McManus owned gelding looks an exciting recruit to the chasing ranks who can take this en route to much better things.
Lots to like Valesur Lido in Lexus Chase
Valseur Lido scored in terrific style on seasonal reappearance and can get the better of Djakadam to follow-up in the Grade 1 Lexus Chase (15.00).
The seven-year-old developed into a smart chaser when trained by Willie Mullins, winning three times and being placed on five occasions from 11 outings.
He then moved to join Henry De Bromhead for the starts of this campaign and could not have been more impressive when landing a Grade 1 at Down Royal on debut for his new handler.
That form looks strong and Valseur Lido looks the type who should have more to offer. To find out full reasons of why he is the bet in this check out a full individual preview of the race (insert link).
Leopardstown tips for Wednesday, December 28
12.15: Black Key
12.50: Mahler Ten
13.20: Bleu Et Rouge (NB)
13.50: Snow Falcon (NAP)
14.25: Charlie Stout
15.00: Valseur Lido