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Naas

  • 14:35 Poplar Square Chase 2m

  • (grade 3) €28,500 added 5yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner €18,525 2nd €5,700 3rd €2,850 4th €1,140
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 21.10s
  • Off time: 14:35:38

Full result

14:35 Naas Result 30th October 2010
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Captain Cee Bee (IRE) 11-12 M P Walsh E P Harty 9 9/10f
Chased leader, close up 4 out, travelling best straight, gained narrow lead before last, pushed out to assert run-in opened 9/10 touched 10/11
2nd 4 Archie Boy (IRE) 11-8 D N Russell P W Flynn 8 12/1
Led, reduced lead before 5 out, strongly pressed straight, narrowly headed before last, no impression and kept on same pace run-in opened 12/1 touched 12/1
3rd 4 Catch Me (GER) 11-1 Andrew J McNamara E J O'Grady 8 11/4
Raced in 3rd, struggling from before straight, soon no impression and kept on same pace opened 3/1 touched 3/1
4th 2 Psycho (IRE) 11-5 R M Power A J Martin 9 7/2
Raced in rear, keen hold early, no extra and kept on same pace from before straight opened 10/3 touched 7/2

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.30
Straight Forecast: £9.25 Exacta: £7.60

Placepot: €153.10, Pool: €0.0

Verdict

Archie Boy took the field along at a steady gallop followed by CAPTAIN CEE BEE, Catch Me and Psycho who was held-up as usual. The field jumped well in the main and the big three began to close the gap on the leader at the halfway stage but remained content for Archie Boy to take them along. They had all travelled comfortably but Captain Cee Bee closed effortlessly on the leader as they moved into the straight with Catch Me and Psycho finding disappointingly little when asked to close the gap. Mark Walsh delayed his challenge until the last when he came up alongside on the stands side rail and only needed to be pushed out to score by a very comfy four lengths from Archie Boy. This was a perfect return to action from Captain Cee Bee who can be expected to take in the top two mile contests through the season although more could have been expected from Psycho and Catch Me. The latter would have found this trip on the sharp side and will no doubt head to the Paddy Power at Cheltenham (Tranquil Sea won this race before going on to win at Cheltenham for Edward O'Grady last year) and be all the better for the run whilst Psycho is with a respected yard and it's far too early in the season to give up on him.