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Fairyhouse

  • 13:20 Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase 2m 4f

  • (Grade 1) €75,000 added 4yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner €48,750 2nd €14,249 3rd €6,750 4th €2,250
  • Going: Soft to Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 20.90s
  • Off time: 13:20:20

Full result

13:20 Fairyhouse Result 4th December 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Bog Warrior (IRE) 11-10 R Walsh A J Martin 7 15/8
Tracked leaders racing keenly, headway to lead from 6th, occasionally jumped left, travelling best entering straight and soon in command, stretched clear before last, impressive opened 7/4 touched 15/8
2nd 31 Shinrock Paddy (IRE) 11-10 B J Geraghty P Nolan 7 8/1
Prominent, led after 1st until headed 6th, hesitant at 3rd, 3rd and no extra entering straight, kept on one pace but no chance with easy winner, moderate 2nd at last opened 8/1 touched 9/1
3rd 5 Rivage D'Or (FR) 11-10 P Townend D T Hughes 6 6/1
Chased leaders, 4th halfway, went 2nd before 3 out, no chance with easy winner from early straight and moderate 3rd at last opened 8/1 touched 8/1
4th 51 Imperial Shabra (IRE) 11-10 J L Cullen P O Brady 7 66/1
Led early, 2nd halfway, no extra in 5th after 4 out, weakened, poor 4th after 2 out opened 66/1 touched 66/1
5th 36 Alpha Ridge (IRE) 11-10 P Carberry P Nolan 9 12/1
Chased leaders, pushed along and in rear halfway, blundered 5 out and soon no extra, completely tailed off opened 10/1 touched 12/1
PU First Lieutenant (IRE) 11-10 D N Russell M F Morris 6 5/4f
Tracked leaders, 4th when blundered badly and almost unseated rider 8th, steadily recovered to dispute 3rd 4 out, soon ridden and no extra next, behind when pulled up after 2 out, burst blood vessel opened 11/10 touched 5/4

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £2.70 Tote Place: £1.70,3.60
Straight Forecast: £16.61 Exacta: £15.00

Placepot: €32.10, Pool: €0.0

Verdict

Another fine round of jumping from BOG WARRIOR who leapt up many ante-post lists, although which race he might contest at Cheltenham is a matter of opinion. Personally I'd be surprised if he turns up there, as his form is all on very testing ground and he's unlikely to get that in March. Mind you, he's a fantastic animal and looked in total command here from a long way out. Imperial Shabra, Alpha Ridge and Shinrock Paddy all buzzed off into a frantic early pace, and the Gigginstown runners were happy to sit back. However Bog Warrior was fencing so smartly and tanking along that Ruby Walsh had him into the lead at the sixth. He continued to stretch the field out, and skipped clear of his rivals when First Lieutenant battered the eighth fence and nearly unseated. Only Rivage D'Or could keep any sort of track on Bog Warrior, but once the pair turned for home there was only one horse still on the bridle, and Tony Martin's charge came home alone. It will be interesting to see how he fares in a bigger field, but he's a horse to follow and his trainer thinks the world of him. He jumps, gallops, and will get three miles no bother. Ultimately Shinrock Paddy, who hadn't fenced terribly well, plugged on for second after the last. He likes to get on with things and will be of interest when his sights are lowered and when he can cut out an uncontested lead. Rivage D'Or doesn't seem to find too much off the bridle, but deserves some credit for trying to put it up to Bog Warrior before the third-last. He's decent, if not top class, and will find easier openings than this. There was a massive gap back to Imperial Shabra who had no chance, and Alpha Ridge who blundered as the pace quickened and was tailed off thereafter. The obvious disappointment of the race was First Lieutenant. He was a tad ponderous at his early fences, as he has been on occasions so far this season, but his race finished with a blunder at the eighth. How jockey Davy Russell stayed on top I'll never know, but he did, and the horse actually worked his way back into it. However the effort was all too much and when the pace lifted he was left behind, before being pulled up after two out. It later emerged that he had burst a blood vessel but you get the impression his next run over fences will be key to his season. This ground was too soft it should be said, so perhaps an easier race on better ground over three miles may mean we see the real First Lieutenant.