Let's Dance favoured by conditions as she bids for four-timer
Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors Novice Hurdle (Grade 2) | 5yo+ | ATR/RTE2
Let's Dance, one of three runners for Willie Mullins and the only mare in the line-up, will be attempting to make it four wins on the bounce on her return to Leopardstown, where she won a Grade 3 over the same trip by 17 lengths last month.
Joining her in the line-up are stablemates Montalbano, winner of a maiden hurdle over the course and distance last month, and Kemboy, who landed a maiden over 2m3f on his hurdling debut at Limerick's Christmas meeting.
Blood Crazed Tiger, three from four over hurdles and Grade 1-placed over the trip at Navan last time, and French import Sire Du Berlais represent Gordon Elliott, while Henry de Bromhead is also two-handed with Monalee and Peace News.
Peace News and Blood Crazed Tiger – both of whom are tongue-tied for the first time – are owned by Gigginstown House Stud, who will be seeking to win the race for the third year in a row following the victories of Outlander in 2015 and A Toi Phil a year ago.
What they say
Gordon Elliott, trainer of Blood Crazed Tiger and Sire Du Berlais
Blood Crazed Tiger is a good solid sort and is enjoying a good season. He has a good chance of finishing in the money. Sire Du Berlais is having his first run for us. He won a hurdle race in France in May and is a nice type.
Noel Meade, trainer of Joey Sasa
He's in good form and has decent form. We're stepping him up in trip and I think the good to yielding ground will suit him.
Henry de Bromhead, trainer of Monalee and Peace News
Monalee seems very well. He's got good form to recommend him and the track and trip will suit. Peace News was disappointing last time. We're stepping up in trip and hoping that will suit.
Willie Mullins, trainer of Let's Dance, Montalbano and Kemboy
Let's Dance has plenty of experience and is well treated by the race conditions. She looks the pick of ours on form but Montalbano and Kemboy both won their maidens nicely and have been working well. We need to get more experience into them so we're looking forward to seeing how they go.