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Leopardstown

  • 13:45 Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase 2m 1f

  • (Grade 1) €80,001 added 5yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner €52,000 2nd €15,199 3rd €7,200 4th €2,400
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 14.80s
  • Off time: 13:45:45

Full result

13:45 Leopardstown Result 23rd January 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Realt Dubh (IRE) 11-12 P Carberry N Meade 7 5/2f
Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, headway in 3rd 3 out, left 2nd 2 out, travelled well entering straight, led before last, ridden and challenged last, disputed run-in, just prevailed close home opened 9/4 touched 11/4
2nd s.h Noble Prince (GER) 11-12 B J Geraghty P Nolan 7 3/1
Settled behind leaders, 4th halfway, left 3rd 2 out, ridden entering straight, stayed on to challenge last, disputed run-in, no extra close home opened 4/1 touched 4/1
3rd 10 Mr Cracker (IRE) 11-12 D N Russell M Hourigan 6 7/1
Led, headed before 2 out, left in lead again 2 out, ridden entering straight, headed before last, no extra and kept on same pace opened 7/1 touched 15/2
4th 14 Shirley Casper (IRE) 11-7 P W Flood D T Hughes 10 33/1
Mistake 1st, held up in last, 5th 3 out, left 4th 2 out, ridden and no impression, kept on one pace opened 33/1 touched 33/1
5th dist Saludos (IRE) 11-12 R M Power Mrs J Harrington 7 5/1
Chased leader in 2nd, 3rd 5 out where slight mistake, mistake 3 out and dropped to rear, weakened and tailed off opened 9/2 touched 11/2
UR Flat Out (FR) 11-12 E Mullins W P Mullins 6 3/1
Tracked leaders in 3rd, 2nd 5 out, improved to lead before 2 out where bad mistake and unseated rider opened 5/2 touched 3/1
NR Tramp Stamp (IRE) 11-7 Andrew J McNamara M Palussiere 7

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £2.00 Tote Place: £1.20,3.10
Straight Forecast: £10.35 Exacta: £11.80

Placepot: €10.00, Pool: €0.0

Verdict

Kicking King (2004) was the last winner of this race to break through into the ranks of the top class although Golden Silver - the winner two seasons ago - has enjoyed plenty of success. The race lost some of its lustre with the departure of Flat Out at the second last when still travelling strongly. The grey had travelled strongly behind the early pace and was just being produced to challenge for the lead when giving his young rider no chance with a bad mistake. There was the propensity for this to be run at a good gallop with three runners that like to force the pace in the line-up but Mr Cracker headed Saludos after the first on this drop back in trip and step up in class and took them along at a good, sensible gallop. He stayed there until between the last two fences but was readily left behind by the front two. REALT DUBH was held-up on the inside and jumped and travelled well; he progressed into a close fourth three from home, moved into second between the final two and jumped the last alongside Noble Prince who made him pull out all the stops. The runner-up appeared to draw level on the run to the line but just couldn't get past as Realt Dubh responded to a strong drive from Paul Carberry and kept pulling out a little more. Noble Prince had raced alongside Realt Dubh in the early exchanges but was pulled wider on the course by Barry Geraghty after a couple of minor mistakes early on. He didn't travel as well as the winner and was being kept up to his work from some way out but took closer order approaching the third last before progressing to contest the lead at the last; he had two cracks at the winner and kept coming back for more and was only narrowly denied. He had finished five lengths behind Realt Dubh over C&D prior to this so looks to have progressed and further improvement can be expected when he's stepped up to two and a half miles which was his optimum over hurdles. He may not have been second last time but for Saludos' final fence fall but Jessica Harrington's runner took a step backwards here as he already looked to be struggling when a bad mistake at the third last put paid to any chance that he may have held.