Crockford believes that Peter Casey’s Flemenstar will show his star quality in what is a stella field for the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown 

The first and second in the John Durkan re-oppose today in what will be one of the best Lexus Chase renewals. The way in which Peter Casey’s Flemenstar beat the first time out Sir Des Champs has excited many. Some have argued that Sir Des Champs will shape up better today with a run under his belt but Crockford believes that the style of Flemenstar’s victory can not be underestimated.

The Lexus is far from being only about two horses with another form line making this race a strong indicator to potential Cheltenham Gold Cup success. Tidal Bay and First Lieutenant both come here straight from the Hennessy where they gallantly filled second and third spots behind Bobs Worth. Tidal Bay’s inclusion today is an interesting attempt at a raid on the prize for Paul Nicholls. However, even though second in front of First Lieutenant last time Crockford is not certain that placings will not be reversed this afternoon. Hidden Cyclone is also a progressive sort that is highly thought of and it would not be a surprise if he also figured in the placings. Crockford’s advice to punters today is to back Flemenstar not only in the Lexus but for Cheltenham success before his price tumbles from 6/1 later this afternoon.

The Christmas Hurdle and Topaz Novice Chase are not to be overlooked as both will provide potentially useful pointers for the World Hurdle and novice chases at Cheltenham. In both contests Crockford feels that the value will be with each way selections in the shape of Weapon’s Amnesty who returns to the track after a long absence and Mount Benbulben who has always been highly thought of.

Leopardstown – Weapon’s Amnesty e/w (1.25), Pires (1.55), Mount Benbulben e/w (2.25), Flemenstar and First Lieutenant e/w (3.00)

(Featured Photograph – Paul Nicholls trainer of Tidal Bay by Stuart Rice)