Preview Leopardstown 26th Jan

Fri 25th Jan 2013, 13:20

A switch from Sunday's card means the Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase now takes centre stage at Leopardstown.

Arvika Ligeonniere has been the top novice this season and added a Grade One here over Christmas to the Drinmore he landed in spectacular style a few weeks before.

Oscars Well was put firmly in his place last time but still reopposes, with Benefficient completing the select line-up.

Inis Meain tops the market for the Hurdle and could be ahead of the handicapper after scorching up the Flat ratings last summer.

But this is a tough task for his first outing in over four months, and King Of Queens, Shadow Catcher and Abbey Lane are just three opponents with the potential to prove better than their current marks as well.

Hidden Cyclone didn't settle in the Lexus, so Shark Hanlon drops him back in both class and distance for the Leopardstown Handicap Chase.

This is another hotly contested affair, though, with Canaly seeking a hat-trick, Glam Gerry a regular in this sort of contest, and Sweet My Lord lurking low in the weights for Willie Mullins.

The champion trainer should get the meeting off to a flyer, providing Fatcatinthehat doesn't remember his last-flight Punchestown fall in the opening Maiden Hurdle at 1.10.

Mullins has decided not to pitch Boston Bob into the Grade Two Bet On Your Mobile Novice Chase, and relies instead on Marito, who attempts to confirm his Naas superiority over Mount Benbulben.

His stablemate City Slicker has been purchased by JP McManus since breaking through at Fairyhouse but faces smart prospects Foxrock, Thunder And Roses, Mala Beach and Mullaghanoe River as he tackles obstacles for the first time in the Ryan's Cleaning Maiden Hurdle.

Dermot Weld has won the (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race twice in the last three seasons, so his newcomer Willow Island is sure to attract plenty of attention.

The New One runs at Cheltenham tomorrow

Only five go to post for the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham tomorrow, but Festival clues are certainly on offer.