Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase
horse racing tipster
Grade 1, Leopardstown 13:20
€100,000
5yo plus,
2m 1f, Class 1  
Saturday 27th December 2014

Uxizandre
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Uxizandre

The Alan King-trained Uxizandre has a definite preference for going left-handed and trainer Alan King nominated the €100,000 Grade 1 Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Steeplechase as a possible Christmas target after the six-year-old made all the running to win at Cheltenham last month.

Interestingly, he accounted for fellow UK-entry Simply Ned, trained by Nicky Richards, in the Shloer Chase and this six-time winner would be a leading contender if making the trip across the Irish Sea.

The home team could be headed by the Willie Mullins-trained Ballycasey who landed his sixth success when winning at Gowran Park in November and the stable’s nine-time winner Twinlight.

Sizing Europe
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Sizing Europe

Sizing Europe is poised to run as long as conditions are suitable.

Trainer Henry de Bromhead believes the eight-times Grade One scorer is again giving off the right signals ahead of a race he won two years ago.

Despite having claimed a superb victory upon his return to action at Gowran in October, the 12-year-old struggled in the Clonmel Oil Chase last month and has reportedly only just fully recovered from those exertions.

De Bromhead told the Irish Times: "I will have to talk to Ann and Alan (Potts, owners) and we will weigh things up and see what the ground will be like.

"He wouldn't want it testing. But if it is suitable, I would imagine he would run.

De Bromhead has also entered both Days Hotel and Moscow Mannon.

Hidden Cyclone
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Hidden Cyclone

John Hanlon believes Uxizandre could be the toughest nut for Hidden Cyclone to crack.

Runner-up behind Dynaste in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham in March, he has fallen on his two outings since then at Punchestown in May and when he was in the process of running a pleasing race on his return at Thurles.

"He is in great form and while he fell, he came out if his race well the last day. He definitely goes for the Dial-A-Bet at Christmas and I won't mind as long as it's not heavy ground," said Hanlon.

"He ran a cracker in last year's race (second) and that seemed as good as this year's, although it's hard to know what English horses are coming over.

"Sizing Europe was a great horse on his day, but I think his time has come and gone and he is an older horse now so with a bit of luck, we should beat him. I think the English horse of Alan King's (Uxizandre) is the one to beat."

Bright New Dawn is a five-time winner and he would be an interesting runner for Sandra Hughes while the Tim Doyle-trained Mallowney is another five-time winner to hold an entry.

Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Steeplechase
€100,000, 5yo plus, 2m 1f, Class 1
14 remaining entries
Going: Yielding to Soft

  Form Horse Age Weight Trainer
1 1-14f21 Ballycasey
7 11-12
W.P. Mullins
2 15-2112 Bright New Dawn
7 11-12
Ms. Sandra Hughes
3 3-41023 Days Hotel
9 11-12
Henry de Bromhead
4 2-24421 Felix Yonger
8 11-12
W.P. Mullins
5 32-22ff Hidden Cyclone
9 11-12
John Joseph Hanlon
6 321242 Mallowney
8 11-12
Timothy Doyle
7 124213 Moscow Mannon
8 11-12
Henry de Bromhead
8 3757f9 Rathlin (GB)
9 11-12
M.F.Morris
9 343-913 Savello
8 11-12
A.J.Martin
10 2-13212 Simply Ned
7 11-12
Nicky Richards (in GB)
11 24-4116 Sizing Europe
12 11-12
Henry de Bromhead
12 632534 Special Tiara (GB)
7 11-12
Henry de Bromhead
13 33261p Twinlight (FR)
7 11-12
W.P. Mullins
14 1-52141 Uxizandre (FR)
6 11-12
Alan King (in GB)