DOUBLE GRADE 1 ACTION: SHAMROCK previews the two Grade 1 races on the Leopardstown card on Wednesday.

Two Grade 1 races on the Wednesday card at Leopardstown.

1:50 Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle (Grade 1) (4yo+, Class 1, 3m, 8 runners)

Vroum Vroum Mag’s long winning run came to an end at Fairyhouse last time out but she was only beaten a short head by Apple’s Jade and now gets stepped back up to three miles. It’s a tough event though and she looks a little cramped in the market.

With the perfect eight runners, a better option might be a win and place on Vroum Vroum Mag’s stablemate Clondaw Warrior who is a battle hardened veteran but can turn it on for the big race days as he proved when winning the Galway Hurdle.

3:00 Lexus Chase (Grade 1) (5yo+, Class 1, 3m, 13 runners)

A great looking renewal and last year’s winner Don Poli is a big price to go back to back.

A bigger danger may come from his stable companion Djakadam who was runner-up to Don Cossack in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and he made a winning reappearance at Punchestown to win the John Durkan Memorial in good style.

He will lock horns with another recent Grade 1 winner – Valseur Lido who stayed on in great style to win the Champion Chase at Down Royal last time out.

NAP: Djakadam (3.00 Leopardstown)
WIN AND PLACE: Clondaw Warrior (1.50 Leopardstown)

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