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Leopardstown

  • 13:25 Fort Leney Novice Chase 3m

  • (Grade 1) €75,000 added 4yo+ 9 ran
  • Winner €48,750 2nd €14,250 3rd €6,749 4th €2,250
  • Going: Soft to Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 33.90s
  • Off time: 13:25:53

Full result

13:25 Leopardstown Result 28th December 2010
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Bostons Angel (IRE) 11-10 R M Power Mrs J Harrington 6 14/1
Always prominent, 3rd halfway, headway on inner to lead briefly entering straight, narrowly headed before last, regained lead early run-in, kept on well under pressure opened 16/1 touched 16/1
2nd ¾ Quito De La Roque (FR) 11-10 D N Russell C A Murphy 6 10/3
Chased leaders, 5th halfway, slight mistake 7 out, 4th when not fluent 2 out, ridden and no impression in 5th at last, stayed on well under pressure closing stages, not reach winner opened 7/2 touched 7/2
3rd Western Charmer (IRE) 11-10 A E Lynch D T Hughes 8 20/1
Always prominent, 2nd halfway, 3rd and ridden entering straight, kept on one pace under pressure run-in opened 20/1 touched 20/1
4th 1 Thegreatjohnbrowne (IRE) 11-10 P Carberry N Meade 6 3/1f
Led and attempted to make all, headed briefly entering straight, rallied to narrowly lead again before last, headed and edged right under pressure run-in, no extra closing stages opened 11/4 touched 3/1
5th Chicago Grey (IRE) 11-10 D J Condon G Elliott 7 5/1
Held up towards rear on inner, mistake 4 out, went 5th before 2 out, driven along in 4th approaching last, no impression under pressure run-in opened 4/1 touched 5/1
6th 21 Head Of The Posse (IRE) 11-10 M P Walsh J E Kiely 7 9/2
Held up in rear, mistake 4 out, driven along in 6th 2 out, soon no extra opened 5/1 touched 5/1
7th dist Elysian Rock 11-10 B J Geraghty M F Morris 6 12/1
Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, no extra approaching 2 out, weakened, tailed off opened 12/1 touched 12/1
8th 22 Quadrillon (FR) 11-10 P Townend W P Mullins 6 7/1
Always towards rear, 7th halfway, no extra from 3 out, tailed off opened 8/1 touched 8/1
PU Healys Bar (IRE) 11-10 P W Flood O McKiernan 6 25/1
Mid-division on outer, 6th halfway, no extra approaching 2 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last opened 20/1 touched 25/1
NR Magnanimity (IRE) 11-10 R Loughran D T Hughes 6

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £18.20 Tote Place: £4.30,1.80,6.80
Straight Forecast: £63.79 Exacta: £142.60

Placepot: €92.80, Pool: €0.0

Verdict

BOSTONS ANGEL battled on gamely to win a prestigious prize; the last three renewals have gone to Pandorama (from RSA Chase winner Weapon's Amnesty), Casey Jones and Notre Pere. Jessica Harrington's charge won three of his six starts over hurdles but was pulled up on his one run in Graded company in the three mile novice hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. He was beaten over five lengths behind Thegreatjohnbrowne on his chasing debut over two and a half miles and seemingly outclassed over the same trip in the Drinmore earlier in the month. This was only his second run beyond two and a half miles and the step up in trip was clearly the making of the first foal of a winning hurdler in France. Robbie Power was content to track the pace being set by Thegreatjohnbrowne before being asked to make his challenge between the last two fences; once in front he stuck his head down and ran on well to the line but this wasn't a visually impressive performance and he will need to improve to make his mark at the Spring Festivals. Chicago Grey provides the best line to the championship pretenders having been readily brushed aside by Time For Rupert at Cheltenham last time and he finished closer here than he did at Prestbury Park. Gordon Elliott has already nominated the four miler as his Cheltenham Festival target which he seems ideally suited for although he does have a tendency to make niggly mistakes. Thregreatjohnbrowne was made favourite for this on the back of an easy win in a Punchestown Grade Three over two miles six and had plenty of use made of him out in front; he looked in trouble turning for home but found a second wind to re-take fourth in the closing stages. He jumped well in the main although he did jump notably out to the right on more than one occasion and his two chase wins this season have come going the other way round. Quito De La Roque fared best of those that came off the pace having really found his stride over the last. He was a useful hurdler who had impressed when winning at Clonmel on his seasonal reappearance earlier in the month. He made one or two quite serious mistakes at crucial stages and was the least experienced runner in the field so deserves plenty of credit for finishing as close as he did; connections hold him in high regard but have never raced him on ground better than yielding. Western Charmer raced at the head of the chasing pack throughout and stuck well to his task over this longer trip but Head Of The Posse and Quadrillon proved particularly disappointing.