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Monday 11 December 2017

Numbers add up at Leopardstown for good schooling

LEOPARDSTOWN have announced a welcome change to their extremely popular after-racing schooling, which has now become a bit of a tradition for Cheltenham-bound horses, writes niall Cronin.

The meeting takes place just over a week before the Cheltenham Festival and attracts a number of Ireland's most high-profile Festival contenders, who will either school over fences or do a piece of work on the Flat.

As popular as the schooling is with punters, it has also been a very frustrating event in the past as determining which horse is which can, most of the time, be pure guesswork.

However, the racecourse, in conjunction with the Irish Racehorse Trainers' Association, have now agreed to make the horses involved in the work known beforehand so that they can be assigned numbers accordingly.

In a letter to the trainers, Leopardstown stated: "We have discussed this proposal with a number of trainers and they have told us that they believe it is a good idea and they will support it.

"We understand that this is an inconvenience for trainers.

"However, it enables us to promote the day and it should be for the benefit of the industry."

The meeting at Leopardstown takes place on March 4 and the after-racing gallops will be restricted solely to horses holding a Cheltenham entry.

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