Increased Prizemoney of €200,000 for the Competitive Paddy Power Chase at The Leopardstown Christmas Festival

Thursday, December 07, 2017
Nobel Endeavour PP Chase

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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