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Paul Townend previews his rides at Leopardstown on Tuesday

| 28.12.2020

It’s the last day of the Christmas Festival at Leopardstown where I have four good rides.

I start with Stattler (12.40) who is a horse we like. He didn’t disgrace himself on his run in a maiden in Naas. I think he will have come on a lot for that and with natural progression, like many of ours do from their first run to their second, he can go a couple of places better.

Concertista (13.15) was quite a cosy winner last time but she might have a bit more on her plate here. She has to give weight away all round, which isn’t ideal. We think a lot of her. She was very impressive at Cheltenham last year. 

Hopefully she can defy the weight penalty. I think Leopardstown will be no problem to her and I am looking forward to getting back on board her.

The other horse I can’t wait to get back on is Monkfish (13.50). I couldn’t have been anymore impressed by him on his first time over fences. He seems to be well at home.

We will keep everything crossed that we get a clear round and nothing silly happens. Hopefully he can show himself off again. It’s going to be a lot more competitive than his beginners’ chase but we think a lot of him.

Saldier (14.25) is a great horse on his day. He just has very little miles on the clock. This is a proper Champion Hurdle test of what’s around. Saint Roi will be hoping to make up for the Morgiana and Sharjah loves the track.

I don’t think we’ve seen the best of Saldier yet. We haven’t had a clear run with him for a couple of seasons. He seems well at home. He could be one to put his name in the hat for the Champion Hurdle. We will know more after this.

Paul

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Paul Townend

Paul is an Irish jockey who competes in National Hunt racing and is an integral part of the famous and vastly successful Willie Mullins team. Paul was Irish jump racing Champion Jockey for the 2010-11 season and will be discussing his rides in a weekly blog with Ladbrokes News throughout the jumps season.