Gaillard Du Mesnil & State Man give Closutton Grade 1 double


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Paul Townend, Willie Mullins and house owners Joe and Marie Donnelly teamed up for a Grade 1 double on the ultimate day of the 2022 Leopardstown Christmas Competition.

Gailard Du Mensil (5/6f) opened his scoring over fences when taking the Grade 1 Neville Accommodations Chase by seven-and-a-half lengths. Within the 8-runner contest, the place solely 4 accomplished the three mile course, Townened pushed the gray son of Saint Des Saints out as soon as he took the lead. Churchstonewarrior (18/1), skilled by Co Cork-based coach Jonathan Sweeney and ridden by Aidan Coleman, claimed the runner-up spot and €20,000, with Frontal Assault (25/1) third for Gordon Elliott and Jordan Gainford.

The ultimate day function, the Grade 1 Metheson Hurdle of €150,000 went to the identical connections because the Morgiana Hurdle victor, State Man, received consecutive races on the highest degree. With Paul Townend once more on board, the French-bred son of Physician Dino, led his steady companions Vauban and four-time winner of the Matheson Hurdle, Sharjah, house, finishing a Mullins-trained 1-2-3 within the 2 mile occasion, for what was Willie Mullins’ thirtieth Grade 1 victory of 2022.

Shewearsitwell (15/8) was a great winner of the Grade 3 Irish EBF Mares Hurdle for Paul Townend and Willie Mullins. Queens Brook (8/13f) lower out the operating for a lot of the race with the eventual winner in mid-division till down the again straight. Townend quickly challenged the Gordon Elliott-trained favorite, with Shewearsitwell sealing the competition within the run for house, stretching clear by four-and-a-half lengths from the drained race favorite who claimed the runner-up spot.

The John McConnell-trained Seddon (7/2f) was an easy 13 size winner of the Adare Manor Alternative Handicap Chase over 2 miles 5 furlongs. Seddon was following up on his Cheltenham win in October and was equally ridden once more on this event by Ben Harvey. Archies Attraction was runner-up at 12/1 with Galon De Vauzelle, an additional two lengths again in third.

The Maiden Hurdle over 2 miles 4 furlongs went to Good Land (9/2) within the palms of Michael O’Sullivan. Owned and skilled by Barry Connell, the £28,000 buy, a bay gelded six-year-old son of Blue Bresil, was eight lengths higher than Tag Man (5/1) on the ending line, with Search For Glory (4/1), one other size behind in third place within the 12-runner race.

The penultimate race at Leopardstown, the I.N.H. Stallion Homeowners EBF Novice Handicap Hurdle went to Inexperienced Glory for Charlie and Philip Byrnes.

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