Padraig ran an absolute blinder in defeat last time over course and distance and I'm absolutely convinced if he hadn't of made a complete balls of the last, he would have won rather than go down by half a length to Mister Hotelier.
Shangani, trained by Venetia Williams, will find this tougher than his win in a weaker race at Newbury last time, and bigger threats may come from course specialist Johns Spirit, who had excuses for his defeat here in December, and Irish raider Sraid
Padraig's owner Barry Connell could also see his colours carried to victory by Champagne James in the rated novice chase.
Leopardstown Chase (January 25) Paddy Power: 7 Sraid
Padraig, 10 Dressedtothenines, Minsk, Talbot Road, Cairdin, 12 Colbert Station, Buckers Bridge, King Vuvuzela, Daring Article, 14 Marito, Klepht, Last Time Dalbain, Playing, Wrong Turn, 16 bar.
The pick of his chasing runs to date is his fifth to Sraid
Padraig in a decent handicap chase at Fairyhouse 11 months ago.
2m4f RUK 7 Colour Squadron, Tap Night, 12 Cause Of Causes, Festive Affair, Johns Spirit, 14 Ballynagour, Champion Court, Sraid
Padraig, 16 bar
Padraig's victory in the Graded handicap chase over an inadequate 2m1f on Saturday might well have been the most noteworthy performance of the three, but he goes up only 6lb to 134.
An interesting challenger is Sraid
Padraig who defeated Cause Of Causes by a nose over two miles here in November.
Feumaidh daoine air Sraid
nan Sochairean anns gach baile taic agus treanadh cuideachd.
A walk through one barn had Bog Warrior, Dedigout, Benefficient, Ted Veale, Golantilla, Umpact, Gift Of Dgab, Wingtips, Sraid
Padraig and promising bumper horses like Eight Chimes and Blackmail looking out at you.
PERFECT SMILE, a close third behind Sraid
Padraig and Cause Of Causes at Fairyhouse last time, should be in the shake-up in the Racing Post Handicap Chase while VEXALCO, narrowly beaten by Followmeuptocarlow at Punchestown, has each-way claims in the Copper Face Jacks Handicap Hurdle.
Chaill Anndra Mitchell a dhreuchd anns a' Chaibineat an-uiridh as deidh dha drochchainnt a chleachdadh an aghaidh oifigearan nach leigeadh leis a bhaidhsagal thoirt tro gheata mor Sraid