Noble Endeavour and Davy Russell (maroon/white silks) wins the Paddy Power Chase 2016 Leopardstown Photo: Patrick McCann
Leopardstown Racecourse and
Paddy Power are pleased to announce an increase in prizemoney from €190,000 to
€200,000 for the feature race on Day 2 of the Leopardstown Christmas
Festival, the three-mile Paddy Power Handicap Steeplechase (Grade B), extended handicap.
The race has always been an ultra-competitive showpiece for National Hunt
racing as well as the most valuable race of the Christmas Festival which also
hosts seven Grade 1 races over the four-day festival.
Last year’s renewal saw Gordon Elliott’s Noble
Endeavor and Davy Russell deny Willie Mullins’ hot favourite The Crafty Butcher ridden by Ruby Walsh in a gripping renewal. This race is always a thrilling
prospect for racing fans with the maximum entries of twenty eight runners
generally declared each year.Pat Keogh, Chief
Executive of Leopardstown Racecourse, said: “We are very grateful to Paddy
Power for their continued commitment to Leopardstown and the Christmas
Festival. This boost in prizemoney will ensure we continue to attract high
calibre horses for this race and re-affirms its position as one of the most
anticipated races at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival.”Paddy Power, a
spokesman for Paddy Power commented: “Christmas wouldn't be Christmas
without the Leopardstown Christmas Festival and it's an honour to be involved
in such a great event, as always. The increase in prizemoney is another
initiative to make the Paddy Power Chase even greater! With such a big field it
should be a head scratcher of a race but we said that last year and the
favourite and second favourite fought it out....not that I'm bitter or
anything! I can't wait for the off.”
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