Today's racecards

Down Royal

  • 14:50 Ladbrokes.com Chase 2m 4f

  • Winner €32,500 2nd €9,500 3rd €4,500 4th €1,500
  • Going: Soft, Soft/Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 58.60s
  • Off time: 14:53:57
14:50 Down Royal Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Kauto Stone (FR) 9/4
2nd Roi Du Mee (FR) 3/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 261173- light blue, black chevrons, black sleeves, quartered cap Kauto Stone (FR) 213
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-11 P F Nicholls P Carberry 155 9/43.25
2 1117-51 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Roi Du Mee (FR) 23
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-10 G Elliott D N Russell 141 3/14.00
3 41F51-3 Maroon & white chevrons, maroon sleeves, qtd cap Saludos (IRE) 184
Nag me
7 11-10 Mrs J Harrington D J Condon 140 7/18.00
4 125-214 PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Blazing Tempo (IRE) 52
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-3 W P Mullins P Townend 152 6/42.50
5 633637 BLACK, red spots, black cap, white spots Imperial Shabra (IRE) 5
Nag me
7 11-1 p P O Brady J L Cullen 116 33/134.00

Verdict

Paul Nicholls has won this for the past three years and won't be sending French import Kauto Stone here for the fun of it. A half-brother to Kauto Star, he's won a Grade 1 in France on heavy ground for which he's penalised and looks certain to give a good account. Roi Du Mee went off the boil at the end of the last campaign but returned with an easy victory in a three-horse affair at Punchestown and he should build on that. Saludos was one of last season's top novices and was probably unlucky not to land a Grade 1 at Leopardstown in December when falling at the last though this is a new trip for him. BLAZING TEMPO won the Galway Plate with a feather weight before being beaten in the Kerry National on his first start over 3m. This looks his best trip and his allowances should just swing things his way.