Leopardstown held three other Grade 1 races on Saturday and they were all won by Irish bred horses. Racing began with a Grade 1 for Juvenile Hurdlers and it produced an impressive winner in Unaccompanied (IRE), providing Moyglare Stud with their first Grade 1 winner over jumps. Trainer Dermot Weld was sufficiently impressed to nominate the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham as the target. The winner is by Danehill Dancer and comes from the family of 1000 Guineas winner Trusted Partner. The other two Grade 1 races were won by trainer Jessica Harrington and jockey Robbie Power. Their double was initiated when the very tough Bostons Angel (IRE) beat Magnanimity (IRE) in a thrilling finish to the Dr P.J Moriarty Novice Chase. The result provided a 1-2 for stallion Winged Love who stands at Tullyraine House Stud in County Down. Bostons Angel was bred by P.Scouller and has now won two Grade 1 races in a row, both at Leopardstown.
Oscars Well (IRE) was also winning his second Grade 1 in a row when trouncing his rivals in the Grade 1 Deloitte Novice Hurdle. It looked a very competitive race beforehand but the winner was in a different league coming clear of Zaidpour and Shot From The Hip under hands and heels riding. Jessica Harrington was not surprised by the manner of his victory describing him afterwards as “a machine”. Oscars Wells continues the top level success of his sire Oscar and was bred by Eugene O’Leary out of the mare Placid Willow. He is by far the best horse in four generations of his pedigree and he went through the ring three times at Tattersalls Ireland, most recently as a 3yo at the August NH Sale when selling to J Linehan for only €8,000. He has now won over €100,000 in prize-money for the Molly Malone syndicate and looks a leading candidate for Cheltenham Festival glory next month.