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Nolan wants rain for Logic

Paul Nolan has warned that Defy Logic in unlikely to run at Leopardstown over Christmas unless ground conditions ease at the Dublin track.

The JP McManus-owned gelding is one of nine horses left in the Grade One Racing Post Novice Chase on Boxing Day, but with the ground currently good Nolan is hoping for rain.

"All being well he'll run at Christmas, more than likely in the two-miler at Lopardstown, although it's ground dependent," said the Wexford handler.

"He'll run providing the ground isn't good. With a little bit of luck they'll get the rain."

Defy Logic made an impressive debut over fences at Naas in October before chasing home Felix Yonger in the Grade Two Craddockstown Novice Chase at Punchestown.

That form has been franked since by the winner and Nolan is expecting improvement from his charge.

"You're never delighted when they are beaten, but I thought he performed well," he said.

"He's a bit inexperienced and wasn't great over the last two. Hopefully he should learn a lot from it."

Champagne Fever, Felix Yonger, Don Cossack and Trifolium also feature in the list for the race following the forfeits.

Nolan reports Noble Prince is set to be kept to hurdles at Leopardstown.

The nine-year-old is entered in both the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase over two miles on December 27 and the Lexus Chase over three miles the following day.

However, the 2011 Jewson Novices' Chase winner was well beaten in a handicap hurdle at Navan on Sunday and Nolan feels that Christmas may come too soon for him to revert to fences following that run.

"He was a little bit unlucky at Navan as he was hampered two out and he nearly had his race run at that stage," said Nolan.

"He normally needs a bit of a gap and we'll make a decision closer to the time, but it's more than likely he won't run in those better races over Christmas.

"We might have a look what's around for him over hurdles and the Pertemps Hurdle (at Leopardstown on December 28) could be a possible. If not we'll see what there is after Christmas."