Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle
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Grade 1, Leopardstown 13:45
€80,000 added, 4yo plus,
2m, Class 1  
Sunday 27th December 2020

1 Appreciate It 7/4F
2 Irascible 16/1
3 Keskonrisk 16/1
9 ran NR: Dewcup Distances: 9l, 3½l, 3¼l
Time: 4m 7.10s (slow by 22.10s)

Second to Willie Mullins stable companion Ferny Hollow in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival last season, Appreciate It has taken to timber well and despite not being foot-perfect stepped up in class on Sunday, he was simply too good for his rivals.

They included Gordon Elliott's Ballyadam, who tried to keep tabs on Appreciate It as the big two in the betting raced second and third behind Fire Attack out in front.

Appreciate It closed the gap effortlessly turning into the home straight and by the time they approached what would have been the final flight, which was omitted due to the low sun, he had stormed into a clear lead.

Townend guided him home by nine lengths from the running-on Irascible, with Keskonrisk third ahead of Ballyadam who had no more to offer close home.

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Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle
2m , Race Value: €80,000, Grade 1
9 ran
Going: Yielding, Yielding to Soft in places

POS. FORM HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1       Appreciate It 6 11-12 W P Mullins Paul Townend 7/4F
2
9 Irascible 5 11-12 Henry De Bromhead Rachael Blackmore 16/1
3
Keskonrisk t 5 11-12 Joseph O'Brien J J Slevin 16/1
4
Ballyadam 5 11-12 Gordon Elliott Jack Kennedy 9/4
5
Thedevilscoachman 4 11-9 Noel Meade Mark Walsh 20/1
6
Fire Attack 5 11-12 Joseph O'Brien Donagh Meyler 11/1
7
6 Jesse Evans 4 11-9 Noel Meade Sean Flanagan 40/1
8
2 Call Me Lyreen 4 11-9 Gordon Elliott Denis O'Regan 12/1
9
¾ N'golo t 5 11-12 W P Mullins David Mullins 15/2
NR Dewcup 5 11-12 T M Walsh NON RUNNER