3.50pm Leopardstown – HENNESSY GOLD CUP
Just the eight runners, but this looks very competitive and arguably any of them could win. The top few horses in the market look beatable as they are approaching the end of their careers and Lord Windermere has never shown his best form at Leopardstown, so I am going for an outsider and the selection is TEXAS JACK. He has raced four times over fences at the track and has yet to finish outside the first four. In this race last year, he finished just one length behind Tidal Bay and at this meeting in 2013 he finished a close second to Boston Bob, with Lord Windermere back in third. He beat Last Instalment last season and was not disgraced in fourth in the John Durkan last December. I can see this race being run to suit and Paul Carberry can get him into the race late on to make his challenge and at odds of 33/1 (Paddy Power & Stan James), he appeals as good each-way value with just eight runners.