Leopardstown Christmas Hurdle: Faugheen and Apple's Jade to do battle in intriguing match-up

'The Machine' will clash with Gordon Elliot's Apple's Jade in an intriguing match-up between the two Irish powerhouse trainers.

The pair have five of the seven runners in the Grade 1 at Leopardstown.

Apple's Jade will be the red hot favourite after her demolition job in the Hatton's Grace Hurdle.

But Faugheen is interesting back up to three miles, a trip he seemingly needs at this stage in his career.

Mullins also runs Bapaume and Shaneshill, but the bookies have it down as a two horse race.

Leopardstown Christmas Hurdle Runners

Bapaume 20-1

Cracking Smart 20-1

Early Doors 50-1

Faugheen 11-2

Jezki 33-1

Shaneshill 50-1

Apple's Jade 8-11

Also running for Elliot is Cracking Smart, with the novice stepping up to open company after a solid second behind Next Destination last time out.

Jezki returns for Jessica Harrington, while Early Doors runs in the same JP McManus silks for Joseph O'Brien.



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