Horse Racing

Success for Joseph O’Brien on Day 1 of Leopardstown Christmas Festival

Le Richebourg claimed the Grade 1 steeplechase for 2018

Joseph O’Brien celebrated his third Grade 1 success in less than a year at his beloved Leopardstown as Le Richebourg stormed to victory in the feature Racing Post Novice Chase on day one of the Christmas Festival.

The strongly-supported 3-1 shot could be called the winner some way from home and cruised to victory in the hands of Mark Walsh by four and a half lengths from stalemate Us And Them who completed a 1-2 for O’Brien.

There was an upset in the Grade 2 Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle as Rocky Blue landed the spoils for the father and son combination of Tom and David Mullins at odds of 14-1.

Fair weather and top class racing gave rise to a fine attendance of 13,218.

A very fair day on track resulted in seven trainers and six jockeys sharing the spoil across the opening day card.

Ken McGuire

A life-long Liverpool supporter and lover of hurling and local rugby, Ken writes and shoots for KCLR Fanzone and presents KCLR Drive, weekdays 3-5.30pm. He rambles about food too at kenonfood.com