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Horse Racing: Santa's will make them all go - O'Shea; 2.35 LEXUS CHASE 1.30 Leopardstown.

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Key stat Paul Carberry has a 25 per cent strike-rate (11 winners from 44 rides) in chases at Leopardstown in the last five seasons and is on board the Noel Meade-trained Charlie Yardbird

Last month's pillar-to-post Punchestown winner Santa's Son renews rivalry with Secretofshambhala after finishing 19 lengths in front of Tom Mullins' gelding. Dual chase winner Drunken Disorderly is on a recovery mission, having fallen last time in the Grade 1 Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse. Charlie Yardbird, the form pick of the Noel Meade pair, is stepping up in trip, while Notre Pere is also likely to relish the longer distance after winning at Punchestown last time.

What they say

Noel Meade, trainer of Charlie Yardbird and Mr Robert

"It was a choice of coming here or going to Limerick with Charlie Yardbird and it's a case of the more rain, the better. He's in good shape, along with Mr Robert, who appreciates better ground."

Charlie Swan, trainer of Drunken Disorderly

"I was disappointed with his fall last time, but he was none the worse for the tumble. I'm hoping he'll appreciate this longer trip."

Michael McElhone, trainer of Luxi River

"The ground is not a concern as he has won on all types, and while he is probably out of his depth, he is entitled to take his chance on some lines of form this season."

Jim Dreaper, trainer of Notre Pere

"Everything will suit, except the ground. It will probably be wet somewhere before the season is over, but not here unfortunately."

Dessie Hughes, trainer of Oulart

"It's his first run back since the Irish National last April, but he seems in good form. If the ground doesn't change he should run well."

John O'Shea, trainer of Santa's Son

"The trip and the ground should be okay and whoever beats him will know they've had a hard race."

Tom Mullins, trainer of Secretofshambhala

"He ran a bit flat last time, but that was his third run in a little over two weeks, which may have taken its toll, so I'm hoping he will run better after a little break."

Tom Cooper, trainer of Dreux

"He was brought to a standstill when a horse fell in front of him at Limerick just as he was creeping into the race and he eventually pulled up, but he has come out of the race well."

Henry de Bromhead, trainer of Sizing Australia

"We thought he came back a bit fresh from Fairyhouse and I'm not so sure he put it all in going right-handed that day. If he repeats his run at Cheltenham he might hopefully finish in the first three."

Robert Tyner, trainer of Callherwhatulike

"She seems very well and is a good jumper, but I'm praying for more rain to arrive overnight as she'll appreciate plenty of ease."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 28, 2007
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