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Punchestown

  • 13:50 Boylesports.com Tied Cottage Chase 2m

  • (Grade 2) €40,000 added 5yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner €26,000 2nd €7,600 3rd €3,599 4th €1,199
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 3.80s
  • Off time: 13:50:11

Full result

13:50 Punchestown Result 30th January 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Golden Silver (FR) 11-12 P Townend W P Mullins 9 3/1
Held up in rear, not fluent 2nd and 3rd, 4th and no impression after 3 out, headway after 2 out, 2nd and challenged from last, stayed on well to lead close home opened 7/2 touched 7/2
2nd ½ Big Zeb (IRE) 11-12 B J Geraghty C A Murphy 10 4/6f
Settled in 4th, improved into 2nd 4 out, led 3 out, strongly pressed from last, kept on under pressure, headed close home opened 8/13 touched 4/6
3rd 7 Sizing Europe (IRE) 11-12 A E Lynch H De Bromhead 9 4/1
Tracked leaders in 3rd, close 2nd after 5 out, slight mistake 4 out, driven along after 3 out, no impression after 2 out, 3rd and no extra approaching last opened 4/1 touched 4/1
4th 8 Scotsirish (IRE) 11-10 D J Condon W P Mullins 10 25/1
Raced in 2nd, led 4 out, headed next, 4th and no extra after 2 out opened 25/1 touched 25/1
5th 21 Changing Course (IRE) 11-4 M Darcy H De Bromhead 9 150/1
Led, clear early, not fluent 5th, driven along 5 out, headed and weakened before next opened 200/1 touched 200/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £8.80 Tote Place: £1.02,1.90
Straight Forecast: £5.69 Exacta: £12.70

Placepot: €59.20, Pool: €0.0

Verdict

GOLDEN SILVER had failed to get the better of Big Zeb on all five occasions that the pair had clashed, including when beaten seven lengths in last season's renewal of this race, but overcame a sticky start to mug the favourite on the line. Willie Mullins' charge is a useful performer in his own right and the testing conditions certainly suited him better than the runner-up but that was also the case at Leopardstown in December. Golden Silver was held-up some way off the main group of three (Changing Course ridden into a clear lead in the early stages) and the distance looked to be exacerbated by a couple of sloppy leaps and mistakes at his first two fences. He gradually warmed to the task though and produced a fine leap at the last to land running and mug Big Zeb on the way to the line. Golden Silver will now head to Cheltenham (he may have another run first) where he will line up in either the Champion Chase or the Ryanair but he is unlikely to get the testing conditions that show him in such a good light and he has been beaten a long way on both runs at the Festival in the Arkle and the Champion Chase last year. Quicker ground at the Festival, however, should ideally suit Big Zeb who jumped well and looked to have the race in the bag as he was still travelling strongly when Barry Geraghty kicked him into a clear advantage turning for home. However, Geraghty soon had cause to shake the reigns at his mount and it was apparent that he didn't have quite as much left in the tank as seemed likely and he got in a little close to the last which didn't help his cause. The performance was, in some ways, similar to his victory over Christmas where he also found less than expected having looked to have the race in the bag although connections, on that occasion, were quick to point out that he had missed some important work in the cold snap. In fairness, he did run all the way to the line and a better surface will undoubtedly suit but it does leave a nagging doubt ahead of the defence of his crown. Sizing Europe was deemed the main market rival as he reverted to the minimum for the first time this season following two starts at around three miles. He travelled and jumped well, in the main, but was readily left behind by the front pair when the pace quickened. He was entitled to need this first start since chasing home Kauto Star at Down Royal in November and can be expected to improve for the outing but on this evidence the Ryanair Chase would appear to be his likeliest destination at Cheltenham. Scotsirish ran respectably and has a good record at Aintree and Punchestown in April over the years; he may well acquit himself creditably at those meetings again but will remain difficult to place until granted some leeway by the handicapper.