Today's racecards

Down Royal

  • 14:25 JNwine.com Champion Chase 3m

  • Winner €84,000 2nd €26,600 3rd €12,600 4th €4,200
  • Going: Yielding to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 17.30s
  • Off time: 14:25:15
14:25 Down Royal Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Kauto Stone (FR) 4/1
2nd First Lieutenant (IRE) 9/2
3rd Quito De La Roque (FR) 2/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 3-05113 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Bob Lingo (IRE) 42
Nag me
10 11-10 t T Mullins M P Walsh 151 16/117.00
2 3732B-0 MAROON, yellow star, hooped sleeves, yellow cap Chicago Grey (IRE) 14
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-10 pt G Elliott D J Condon 145 20/121.00
3 1P223-4 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star First Lieutenant (IRE) 28
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-10 p1 M F Morris B J Cooper 154 9/25.50
4 4412-P4 Orange, dark blue braces, halved sleeves, dark blue spots on cap Follow The Plan (IRE) 16
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-10 p O McKiernan T J Doyle 158 16/117.00
5 33/127-3 RED, white cross of lorraine & sleeves, red cap Joncol (IRE) 16
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
9 11-10 p1 P Nolan R M Power 153 7/18.00
6 3/127F7- Light blue & dark blue chevrons, dark blue sleeves, dark blue & light blue quartered cap Kauto Stone (FR) 204
Nag meCourse Winner
6 11-10 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 158 4/15.00
7 111/113- MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Quito De La Roque (FR) 311
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-10 C A Murphy D N Russell 160 2/13.00
8 3/1252-0 Royal blue, white cross sashes, striped sleeves & cap Realt Dubh (IRE) 174
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
8 11-10 N Meade P Carberry 160 9/25.50
Non runners
921121-1Sizing Europe (IRE)1011-10H De BromheadA E Lynch171

Verdict

SIZING EUROPE lost his Champion Chase crown to Finian's Rainbow at Cheltenham but bounced back in typical fashion to land the Irish equivalent at Punchestown from today's rival Realt Dubh. He reappeared with another impressive victory over 2m4f at Gowran, the race he won a year ago before finishing runner-up in this for the second time. Connections appear convinced he'll stay three miles and a four-length defeat by Kauto Star in 2010 was hardly a poor run though he was outstayed from the last by Quito De La Roque last year. Slightly quicker ground conditions this time should enable him to last home and finally get a 3m victory under his belt. The winner wasn't seen out again after finishing third behind Synchronised in the Lexus in December and though Paul Nicholls loves this race and believes Kauto Stone will go well, he has yet to prove himself at this level over this trip. First Lieutenant was behind the selection at Gowran last time but badly needed the run and his close second to Bobs Worth in the RSA Chase showed that this should be his trip.