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Down Royal

  • 15:05 Powers Irish Whiskey Chase 2m 4f

  • (Grade 2) €50,000 added 5yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner €32,500 2nd €9,501 3rd €4,501 4th €1,501
  • Going: Yielding to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 59.70s
  • Off time: 15:05:46

View from connections: Powers Irish Whiskey Chase at Down Royal

Last Updated: 01/11/13 1:32pm

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Rolling Aces: Runs at Down Royal

Rolling Aces: Runs at Down Royal

Rolling Aces aims to give Paul Nicholls his sixth straight victory in the Powers Irish Whiskey Chase at Down Royal on Saturday.

The master of Ditcheat has saddled the likes of Noland, Kauto Stone and most recently Cristal Bonus to win the Grade Two prize in recent seasons and is this year represented by a horse who won twice from four starts over fences as a novice.

He was far from disgraced on his final appearance of last season, chasing home Opening Batsman in the three-mile Racing Plus Chase at Kempton, and the multiple champion trainer does not expect the drop to two and a half miles in Northern Ireland this weekend to trouble his charge.

"He had a good season last year winning two chases and just got beat in the Racing Plus Case at Kempton which was his first big race," Nicholls told At The Races.

"We didn't run him again after that and always had it in mind to go to Down Royal for the intermediate chase. We've won it five or six times on the trot with some nice horses and that's an ideal target for him. It's a good race to start the season off and we'll progress from there with him.

"I'm not sure how far he will stay but two and a half is a good starting point and then we'll see."

Leading owners Gigginstown House Stud have three representatives in the field, with retained rider Davy Russell siding with the Dessie Hughes-trained Tofino Bay over Gordon Elliott's Toner D'Oudairies and Tony Martin's Dedigout .

Tofino Bay was runner-up on his last three starts last season, including when narrowly beaten by Back In Focus in the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Hughes said: "It sounds like a hot race, so we'll see how we go. The ground probably won't be as soft as we'd like for our horse and the trip is probably on the short side for him, but there aren't many races we can run in. He's in good form and this is a nice place to start the season."

Toner D'Oudairies and Dedigout will be partnered by Bryan Cooper and Robbie Power respectively.

Ruby Walsh takes the ride on the Noel Meade-trained Texas Jack and Henry De Bromhead saddles Buckers Bridge. Tom Taaffe's Argocat and Jessica Harrington's Oscars Well complete the eight-strong field.

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