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The best pictures as 17,000 punters cram into Leopardstown for a day at the races
Another thrilling day at the Foxrock track.

THERE WAS MORE drama on the second day of the Leopardstown Christmas festival as a crowd of 17,431 were in attendance to watch Ruby Walsh ride two winners.

The weather was considerably better than the wind and rain on St Stephen’s Day and the seven-race card ensured the punters were kept suitably entertained with Flemenstar upsetting the odds in the Grade One feature.

Monday is Ladies’ Day at the Foxrock track with the Lexus Chase the highlight.

Andrew Lynch with owner Stephen Curan in the parade ring Cathal Noonan / INPHO Jockey Andrew Lynch with owner Stephen Curan in the parade ring after Flemenstar won The Paddy Power Steeplechase. Cathal Noonan / INPHO / INPHO

Andrew Lynch onboard Flemenstar Cathal Noonan / INPHO Flemenstar upset the odds, beating Simply Ned down the stretch. Cathal Noonan / INPHO / INPHO

A punter celebrates a win at Leopardstown Morgan Treacy / INPHO Go on, you good thing! Morgan Treacy / INPHO / INPHO

SOCIAL - Leopardstown Christmas Racing Festival SPORTSFILE Owner JP McManus, left, speaks with former jockey AP McCoy. SPORTSFILE

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Race goers enjoying the action Cathal Noonan / INPHO Race goers enjoy the action. Cathal Noonan / INPHO / INPHO

RACING - Leopardstown Christmas Racing Festival Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE Keeping a close eye on proceedings. Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE / SPORTSFILE

Owner Rich Ricci celebrates with jockey Ruby Walsh after winning The Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle with Long Dog Morgan Treacy / INPHO Owner Rich Ricci celebrates with jockey Ruby Walsh after winning The Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle with Long Dog. Morgan Treacy / INPHO / INPHO

Adrian Heskin falls from Ballychorus at the last fence Morgan Treacy / INPHO Adrian Heskin falls from Ballychorus at the last fence in The Paddy Power Steeplechase. Morgan Treacy / INPHO / INPHO

Rosie Fowler from Summerhill Co. Meath takes a break from the racing with her granny, Susan Bradburne Morgan Treacy / INPHO 3-year-old Rosie Fowler from Summerhill Co Meath takes a break from the racing with her granny, Susan Bradburne. Morgan Treacy / INPHO / INPHO

Barry Geraghty with Minella Foru Cathal Noonan / INPHO Jockey Barry Geraghty with Minella Foru after winning The Paddy Power Steeplechase. Cathal Noonan / INPHO / INPHO

A young child gets a better view at Leopardstown Morgan Treacy / INPHO Every vantage point taken. Morgan Treacy / INPHO / INPHO

A punter cheers on Jack Kennedy to victory Morgan Treacy / INPHO A punter cheers on Jack Kennedy to victory on Copy That. Morgan Treacy / INPHO / INPHO

Barry Geraghty, Noreen McManus, Andy McCue, JP McManus and Edward Harty Morgan Treacy / INPHO Jockey Barry Geraghty, Noreen McManus, Andy McCue (Paddy Power) JP McManus and trainer Edward Harty. Morgan Treacy / INPHO / INPHO

Un De Sceaux crashes out to clear the way for Flemenstar at Leopardstown