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Leopardstown

  • 13:25 Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase 2m 1f

  • (Grade 1) €100,000 added 5yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner €64,999 2nd €19,000 3rd €9,000 4th €3,000
  • Going: Good to Yielding
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 14.50s
  • Off time: 13:25:41

Full result

13:25 Leopardstown Result 27th December 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Big Zeb (IRE) 11-12 R M Power C A Murphy 10 7/10f
Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden entering straight, stayed on to challenge last, led run-in and kept on well under pressure opened 4/5 touched 4/5
2nd Noble Prince (GER) 11-12 A P McCoy P Nolan 7 7/2
Chased leader in 2nd, close up from 5 out, ridden into narrow lead last, headed run-in and kept on same pace, no extra closing stages opened 3/1 touched 7/2
3rd Forpadydeplasterer (IRE) 11-12 B J Cooper T Cooper 9 10/1
Led, ridden entering straight, narrowly headed and pecked last, no extra run-in opened 8/1 touched 10/1
4th ½ Scotsirish (IRE) 11-12 R Walsh W P Mullins 10 12/1
Held up in last, ridden and no impression entering straight, kept on one pace opened 14/1 touched 14/1
F Golden Silver (FR) 11-12 P Townend W P Mullins 9 5/1
Chased leaders, mainly 4th, fell 5th opened 5/1 touched 11/2
NR Saludos (IRE) 11-12 P Carberry Mrs J Harrington 7

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.70 Tote Place: £1.10,2.00
Straight Forecast: £4.07 Exacta: £3.10

Placepot: €1,006.80, Pool: €0.0

Verdict

Another near-faultless display from Big Zeb who was winning this race for the third time in four years. He was ridden patiently by Robbie Power who had been aboard for the first time when the pair teamed up to win the Fortria on his reappearance where he gave Noble Prince 5lbs and a two length beating. Connections were concerned about his lack of a run that day and this performance would suggest that he did benefit from last month's outing. His jockey had to get reasonably serious for a few strides having joined issue at the last but he readily moved to the front and has far too much speed for the second. Paul Nolan had admitted as much at Navan and the best won't be seen of the Jewson winner until he gets the opportunity to race over a longer trip on better ground. He has done enough in three runs this season to suggest that he's certainly running to the same level of form as last term and it's far from inconceivable that he could improve further granted his optimum conditions. As for the winner, he continues to perform to the peak of his powers and, with no convincing new blood emerging in the two mile division, will head to Cheltenham as the principal threat to reigning champion Sizing Europe. Forpadydeplasterer had made a welcome return to form when third in the Fortria and ran a similar race here. He looked booked for third when losing any remaining chance when pecking on landing at the last but there's no disgrace in being beaten by two smart performers. He's got a modest conversion rate but has done most of his racing at the top level and continues to give of his all. Scotsirish is a versatile performer who had won over three miles before taking the wrong course in the cross-country at Cheltenham. He was always likely to struggle here but wasn't disgraced and picked up enough prize money to cover a few expenses. There was a sad postscript to the race with multiple winner Golden Silver suffering a fatal fall.