Fairyhouse

  • 14:35 At The Races Bobbyjo Chase 3m 1f

  • Winner €26,000 2nd €7,600 3rd €3,600 4th €1,200
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 7m 5.60s
  • Off time: 14:35:11
14:35 Fairyhouse Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Roi Du Mee (FR) 5/1
2nd Prince De Beauchene (FR) 8/11

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
2 351/51-1 Beige & black halved, black chevrons on sleeves, beige cap Prince De Beauchene (FR) 58
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 11-8 W P Mullins P Townend 155 8/111.73
3 511112 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Roi Du Mee (FR) 37
Nag meBeaten Favourite
8 11-8 t1 G Elliott D N Russell 156 5/16.00
4 11113-2 MAROON, white braces & sleeves, maroon cap Seabass (IRE) 18
Nag meCourse Winner
10 11-8 T M Walsh Ms K Walsh 154 11/43.75
5 511376 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Bob Lingo (IRE) 16
Nag meCourse Winner
11 11-3 ht T Mullins M P Walsh 149 33/134.00
6 632/4-4U Brown, orange seams, orange sleeves, orange & brown quartered cap Oscar Time (IRE) 37
Nag meCourse Winner
12 11-3 M M Lynch Mr S Waley-Cohen 142 20/121.00
7 053B8-6 ROYAL BLUE, red seams, royal blue sleeves & cap Rare Bob (IRE) 37
Nag meDistance Winner
11 11-3 D T Hughes B J Cooper 142 25/126.00
Non runners
113-3361Quito De La Roque (FR)911-10C A MurphyR M Power161

Verdict

Although this is a tremendous race in its own right, it's very much a Grand National trial with all seven entries engaged at Aintree. PRINCE DE BEAUCHENE won this a year ago and is currently joint-favourite for the big one. He didn't reappear until December when scoring over timber at Limerick and is taken to get the better of Seabass, last year's Aintree third, who also had an outing over hurdles last time when producing a fine run behind Rock Critic on this track. Quito De La Roque looked to be back to his very best when beating Roi Du Mee at Thurles last month and has a penalty to carry for that Grade 2 success. He's currently a 50/1 chance for the Gold Cup but watch those odds shrink dramatically if he can give weight away all round here. Galway Plate winner Bob Lingo is suited by the race conditions and should prove best of the rest in a fascinating contest.