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Punchestown

  • 13:40 Ladbrokes Casino Florida Pearl Novice Chase 2m 6f

  • (Grade 2) €40,000 added 5yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner €26,000 2nd €7,600 3rd €3,599 4th €1,199
  • Going: Soft, Soft/Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 5.20s
  • Off time: 13:41:33

Full result

13:40 Punchestown Result 20th November 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Last Instalment (IRE) 11-3 D N Russell P Fenton 6 8/11f
Tracked leader in 2nd, close up 4 out, improved to lead entering straight, asserted before last, easily opened 4/5 touched 4/5
2nd Four Commanders (IRE) 11-2 A E Lynch M F Morris 5 5/1
Led, challenged 4 out, ridden and headed entering straight, disputed 2nd 2 out, 2nd last, kept on same pace, no chance with winner opened 4/1 touched 5/1
3rd Donnas Palm (IRE) 11-3 P Carberry N Meade 7 9/4
Held up behind leaders, mainly 3rd, ridden before 3 out, disputed 2nd briefly 2 out, no extra in 3rd last, kept on same pace opened 2/1 touched 9/4
4th 99 Close Review (IRE) 11-3 J L Cullen R P Rath 8 66/1
Held up in last, kept wide, lost touch 5 out, completely tailed off opened 50/1 touched 66/1
NR Spot The Boss (IRE) 11-3 T J Doyle O McKiernan 7 f

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.60
Straight Forecast: £4.56 Exacta: £4.00

Placepot: €17.70, Pool: €0.0

Verdict

LAST INSTALMENT was backed-off the boards for this and delivered with a performance which oozed class. Philip Fenton's charge, like the previous race winner, is a big, heavy-topped horse and looks very much at home on testing ground. He was given a good tow through this race by fellow Gigginstown runner Four Commanders, and moved smoothly into the lead before the final fence. He jumped it impeccably and was still on the bridle as he crossed the line. He seems to have found jumping fences extremely easy on his two chase starts to date and it another who looks destined to go a long way, although the ground is deemed very important to him. That makes some of the festivals a bit iffy, but if he follows this effort up in stiffer company in his next run, set to be the Fort Leney at Christmas, then he deserves to be called one of the very top novices. The second-home ran a blinder, jumping smartly out in front. To his credit he battled back to hold second comfortably from Donnas Palm and is another whose form has stepped up since tackling the bigger obstacles. Donnas Palm was given a more patient ride, but seems to find jumping fences more hard work than the two ahead of him. He's a good jumper mind you, but there is more effort into every leap and it showed late on. He would have preferred quicker ground and despite being a good yardstick is not quite top class in this sphere. Close Review wasn't expected to feature and lived up to expectations.