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Jim Culloty's Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Lord Windermere will bid to stamp his authority on what promises to be an enthralling Lexus Chase at Leopardstown tomorrow.

Jim Culloty's Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Lord Windermere will bid to stamp his authority on what promises to be an enthralling Lexus Chase at Leopardstown tomorrow.

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Jim Culloty's Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Lord Windermere will bid to stamp his authority on what promises to be an enthralling Lexus Chase at Leopardstown tomorrow.

Jim Culloty's Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Lord Windermere will bid to stamp his authority on what promises to be an enthralling Lexus Chase at Leopardstown tomorrow.

Lord Windermere was last night still preceded in the betting for tomorrow's Grade One by Ulster-bred Bobs Worth.

In 2013, it was Nicky Henderson's nine-year-old that arrived as the reigning champion.

Under a composed Barry Geraghty drive, he left behind a sub-par reappearance to claim the €90,000 prize by swooping late to consign First Lieutenant to the runner-up berth for a second time.

Bobs Worth subsequently failed to replicate that level of performance when just fifth behind Lord Windermere at Cheltenham, and it is mildly surprising that he heads this market.

Lord Windermere's Co Cork-based trainer is adamant that his horse has thrived since, so this clash of the titans should give a far clearer indication of where he is at right now.

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