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Leopardstown

  • 13:45 Dr. P.J. Moriarty Novice Chase 2m 5f

  • (Grade 1) €80,001 added 5yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner €52,000 2nd €15,199 3rd €7,200 4th €2,400
  • Going: Heavy (Soft to Heavy in places)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 36.30s
  • Off time: 13:45:17

Full result

13:45 Leopardstown Result 12th February 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Bostons Angel (IRE) 11-10 R M Power Mrs J Harrington 7 8/1
Tracked leaders in 4th, improved to dispute lead from before halfway, narrowly headed 5 out, disputed lead again from 3 out, ridden 2 out, stayed on well under pressure from last, led close home opened 7/1 touched 8/1
2nd hd Magnanimity (IRE) 11-10 D N Russell D T Hughes 7 6/1
Close up and disputed lead, led narrowly 5 out, joined 3 out, ridden next, kept on well under pressure, headed close home opened 11/2 touched 13/2
3rd Mikael D'haguenet (FR) 11-10 P Townend W P Mullins 7 11/10f
Held up in touch, keen early, progress into 4th from halfway, close up travelling well when left 3rd and hampered 2 out, ridden straight, no impression when not fluent last, no extra opened 5/4 touched 5/4
4th 26 Western Charmer (IRE) 11-10 P W Flood D T Hughes 9 16/1
Led early, headed 4th, dropped to 5th halfway, ridden 4 out, soon lost touch, left remote 4th from 2 out opened 16/1 touched 16/1
PU Sam Adams (IRE) 11-10 P Carberry P Nolan 8 25/1
Held up in touch, dropped to rear and ridden 7th, trailing after mistake 6 out, pulled up before 3 out opened 22/1 touched 25/1
F Quel Esprit (FR) 11-10 E Mullins W P Mullins 7 2/1
Soon disputed lead, close 3rd and ridden after 3 out, still close up when fell 2 out opened 5/2 touched 5/2

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £8.30 Tote Place: £2.50,2.40
Straight Forecast: £53.00 Exacta: £24.80

Placepot: €88.90, Pool: €0.0

Verdict

A terrific dual here with BOSTONS ANGEL holding off Magnanimity by a head. It was certainly a race of incident, with Quel Esprit taking a crashing fall three fences from home. Having been front rank throughout, he was the first of the leading trio to come under pressure and although proven over further, and certainly capable of rallying, it's fair to say that he was starting to look vulnerable. His fall had a secondary impact on the race however, as he interrupted Mikael D'Haguenet's progress. Having been deliberate at the first few fences, he continued to jump out to his right throughout the race but to his credit he managed to drag himself back into contention turning for home. However he looked a tired horse late on and once again a poor jump at the last (when out of contention) was always on the cards, especially after losing several lengths when his stablemate fell. Where he goes next will be a real puzzler; the way he jumps, it's hard to see him heading to Cheltenham (unless connections plump for a hurdle option), although a Punchestown date would come as no surprise. Back to the horses who dominated the finish however, and it was a terrific battle. Both had been prominent throughout, and there is no doubt that Magnanimity hit the front. But a good jump at the last fence from Bostons Angel saw him back in-front and he ran on all the way to the line. It appeared with 50 yards to run that he might get overhauled on the line, but he deserved this win and looks a player for the big festival pots, most obviously the RSA at Cheltenham. The runner-up falls into that bracket as well, and his sturdy and sure-footed jumping is a major asset. He wouldn't be the flashiest, but he looks as solid as a rock and he boosts the claim of Jessies Dream (who he beat last time) for similar targets. Sam Adams was one of the first to come under pressure and although he was always likely to be up against it in a race of this quality, a fairly serious early mistake can hardly have helped. Western Charmer was well-beaten having come under pressure before the race really started to hot up.