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  • 13:50 Normans Grove Chase 2m 1f

  • (Grade 2) €37,500 added 5yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner €24,374 2nd €7,126 3rd €3,374 4th €1,126
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 32.20s
  • Off time: 13:50:27

Full result

13:50 Fairyhouse Result 22nd January 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Blazing Tempo (IRE) 11-3 R Walsh W P Mullins 8 9/4
Waited with well off pace towards rear, closed from 3 out, 4th travelling well before next, on terms approaching last, led and stayed on best run-in opened 3/1 touched 3/1
2nd ¾ Noble Prince (GER) 11-10 D N Russell P Nolan 8 9/10f
Chased leaders, closed approaching straight, soon pushed along in 3rd, challenged and on terms approaching last, headed and kept on without matching winner run-in opened 4/6 touched 9/10
3rd 6 Tranquil Sea (IRE) 11-12 B J Geraghty E J O'Grady 10 11/2
Chased leader, closed approaching 5 out, soon on terms, led before straight, ridden before 2 out, headed and dropped to 3rd approaching last, soon no impression opened 13/2 touched 13/2
4th ½ Psycho (IRE) 11-7 A E Lynch A J Martin 11 16/1
Waited with well off pace towards rear, closer order from 3 out, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from before next opened 16/1 touched 16/1
5th 32 Saludos (IRE) 11-10 R M Power Mrs J Harrington 8 14/1
Led and clear, reduced lead approaching 5 out where joined, headed before straight, no extra when bad mistake 2 out, tailed off opened 20/1 touched 20/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £2.80 Tote Place: £1.10,1.50
Straight Forecast: £5.01 Exacta: £4.70

Placepot: €16.10, Pool: €0.0

Verdict

Willie Mullins completed a notable hat-trick in this race (and on the day) with the victory of BLAZING TEMPO following on from wins for the ill-fated Golden Silver and Scotsirish. On the face of it this was a disappointing performance from Noble Prince (whose odds drifted for the Ryanair Chase as a result) but the mare only had 6lbs to find on these terms on official figures and neither the trip nor the ground were in the runner-up's favour. The winner is no slouch either having won four of her nine previous starts over fences, including three Grade Threes, although she, too, has done most of her winning over further. She has taken some time to find her form this season (she looked below her best when well beaten by Kauto Stone in November) but had won the last twice and moved into contention travelling strongly. She met the last on a good stride and always looked to be holding the sustained challenge of the runner-up. Her trainer revealed that she would be given an entry for the Ryanair Chase but expressed doubts as to whether she was good enough. Noble Prince has played second fiddle to Big Zeb in two runs since winning in October and again had to settle for second best. He failed to pick his feet out of the ground and was a little slow at two of the last three but jumped the last well and just lacked the pace to get past. This defeat takes his record in races over two miles and two miles and a furlong to just two wins from 11 starts while he is four from seven over two and a half miles with two seconds and a fall. Consequently, it seems something of an overreaction from the layers to push him out for the Cheltenham contest with this season very much a mirror image of his novice season which saw him beaten twice by Realt Dubh at around the minimum before improving for the step up in trip and better ground at Cheltenham. This was Tranquil Sea's first run at around this trip for almost two years and he lacked the pace to be competitive but this was, nonetheless, a respectable run from the 10 year old who faced a tough task at the weights. Pyscho finished closer to him than he had done at Clonmel over half a mile further in November; he's running well but is not the easiest to place. Saludos showed useful form as a novice but hasn't gone on this term and appears to be struggling to see his races out.