Racing Post Novice Chase
Grade 1, Leopardstown 14:20
€90,000 added,
4yo plus,
2m 1f, Class 1  
Wednesday 26th December 2018

1 Le Richebourg 3/1
2 Us And Them 16/1
3 Voix Du Reve 9/4
6 ran Distances: 4½l, nk, 1½l
Time: 4m 3.80s (fast by 2.20s)

Le Richebourg does the business ahead of stablemate Us And Them

Le Richebourg
© Caroline Norris
Le Richebourg

Le Richebourg got his Grade One reward over fences at the second attempt when leading home a one-two for trainer Joseph O'Brien.

Beaten only half a length by Delta Work in the Drinmore at Fairyhouse after being successful on his first two starts over the bigger obstacles, the JP McManus-owned six-year-old returned to winning ways in style.

Mark Walsh had Le Richebourg (3-1) close to the pace which his stablemate Us And Them helped make, while the 7-4 favourite Mengli Khan was held up towards the rear.

Though he tried to close, Mengli Khan did not have the pace to threaten and Le Richebourg shrugged aside Us And Them to score by four and a half lengths. Voix Du Reve was third, with Mengli Khan only fourth.

O'Brien said: "Mark gave him a lovely ride and he jumped very well. The last day he ran a cracker, but I think the tempo of a two-mile race probably suited him better.

"He was good over hurdles, but probably disappointed us slightly and since he's gone over fences he's been very good.

"The obvious thing to do would be to come back here for the Dublin Racing Festival. More than likely he's an Arkle horse."

He added: "Us And Them was always going to be better over fences than hurdles. He jumps fantastic and ran a cracker."

Racing Post Novice Steeplechase
2m 1f, Race Value: €90,000, Grade 1
6 ran
Going: Good to Yielding

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Le Richebourg (FR) 3/1 M P Walsh
Joseph P O'Brien 5
2nd Us And Them (IRE) 16/1 S A Shortall
Joseph P O'Brien 5
3rd nk Voix Du Reve (FR) 9/4 P Townend
W P Mullins 6
4th Mengli Khan (IRE) 7/4f D N Russell
G Elliott 5
5th Mind's Eye (IRE) 12/1 Rachael Blackmore
H De Bromhead 6
6th 4 Ellie Mac (IRE) 12/1 D J Mullins
H De Bromhead 5