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Leopardstown

  • 13:20 Paddy Power Dial-a-Bet Chase 2m 1f

  • (Grade 1) €100,000 added 5yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner €65,000 2nd €19,000 3rd €9,000 4th €3,000
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 24.90s
  • Off time: 13:21:49

Full result

13:20 Leopardstown Result 29th December 2010
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Big Zeb (IRE) 11-12 B J Geraghty C A Murphy 9 Evsf
Close up in 3rd, jumped well, 2nd from 3 out, disputed lead travelling best 2 out, led entering straight, 3 lengths clear after last, hard ridden and one pace last 100 yards, all out opened 5/4 touched 5/4
2nd Golden Silver (FR) 11-12 P Townend W P Mullins 8 15/8
Tracked leader in 2nd, 3rd 3 out, in touch still travelling well after 2 out, slight mistake last, driven out and kept on well without ever threatening winner opened 7/4 touched 15/8
3rd 1 Scotsirish (IRE) 11-12 D J Condon W P Mullins 9 22/1
Led, ridden and joined 2 out, headed entering straight, rider lost whip approaching last, kept on same pace run-in opened 25/1 touched 25/1
4th 6 Captain Cee Bee (IRE) 11-12 M P Walsh E P Harty 9 7/2
Held up in rear, not fluent 3rd, ridden and no impression from 2 out, kept on same opened 3/1 touched 7/2
NR J'y Vole (FR) 11-7 Not Specified W P Mullins 7

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.40
Straight Forecast: £3.50 Exacta: £2.90

Placepot: €16.60, Pool: €0.0

Verdict

BIG ZEB remained firmly on track for the Queen Mother Champion Chase with a relatively facile success from Golden Silver who has come up short on each occasion that he has clashed with Colm Murphy's charge. Big Zeb had readily brushed aside the Mullins runner at Navan on his seasonal reappearance but did have to work harder on this occasion to win by a similar margin but he was value for more than the official distance. His jumping problems certainly seem to be a thing of the past as he posted yet another fluent round of jumping with his leap at the last as good as anything that went before. He handles testing ground but is better on a quicker surface and connections were concerned about conditions beforehand and the ground no doubt contributed to him tying up a little having jumped the last whilst connections also later reported that he had missed some work due to the weather which surely also contributed. In the end, he had to be kept right up to his work by Barry Geraghty but responded well to repel the late rally of the placed horses. He will head for the Tied Cottage next before attempting to retain his crown at Cheltenham where, this time, he seems certain to bump into a peak form Master Minded. Golden Silver was beaten a long way in the two mile highlight at the Festival last season and is unlikely to ever gain his preferred testing conditions at Cheltenham in March; he appeared to run right up to his best and will continue to be a force in similar contests despite being vulnerable to the best in this discipline. Scotsirish is versatile with regard to the trip and rallied well once headed; it would be no surprise to see him return to Aintree in the Spring having finished second in the Topham last season. Captain Cee Bee was reported to be a gallop or two short of peak fitness coming in to this and always looked to be struggling on ground that was deep enough. He is capable of better when granted quicker ground but still has enough to prove in this company in his first season out of novice company.