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Leopardstown staff have high hopes for track

Updated: Saturday, 22 Dec 2012 10:07 | Comments

The weather looks as it may be kind for the Christmas meeting at Leopardstown
The weather looks as it may be kind for the Christmas meeting at Leopardstown

Leopardstown officials are optimistic they have escaped the worst of the rain ahead of their four-day Christmas festival, which starts on St Stephen's Day.

The Dublin track got off relatively lightly on Friday as a forecast deluge failed to materialise.

Conditions are now expected to improve heading into next week.

Nessa Joyce, Leopardstown racing and operations manager, said on Saturday morning: "We only had seven millimetres of rain overnight, which we are very happy with as there was a lot more forecast.

"We are likely to be soft at this stage.

"That was the worst day in terms of rainfall.

"Sunday should be decent, and we might even see a slight improvement. Although there is rain hanging around, Monday and Tuesday should be fine, with no threat of frost."

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