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Leopardstown

  • 14:15 Boylesports.com - Bet On Your Mobile Novice Chase 2m 5f

  • (Grade 2) €40,000 added 5yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner €26,000 2nd €7,600 3rd €3,600 4th €1,200
  • Going: Yielding, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 27.30s
  • Off time: 14:16:20

Full result

14:15 Leopardstown Result 28th January 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Sir Des Champs (FR) 11-10 D N Russell W P Mullins 6 Evsf
Held up in rear, 4th 4 out, improved to 3rd approaching 2 out, pushed along entering straight, ridden to challenge last, kept on run-in to lead last strides opened 5/4 touched 5/4
2nd ½ Fists Of Fury (IRE) 11-5 A E Lynch C Byrnes 8 20/1
Chased leader in 2nd, mistake 7th, led before 3 out, strongly pressed, ridden 2 out, kept on under pressure from last, headed last strides opened 16/1 touched 20/1
3rd ¾ Hidden Cyclone (IRE) 11-5 Andrew J McNamara J J Hanlon 7 11/10
Settled behind leaders in 4th, mistake 5th, 3rd 7 out, challenged 3 out, ridden approaching last, kept on run-in, no extra close home opened 10/11 touched 11/10
4th 24 Donnas Palm (IRE) 11-5 D J Condon N Meade 8 12/1
Disputed early, soon chased leaders in 3rd, 4th 7 out, dropped to rear 4 out, ridden and no impression 3 out opened 12/1 touched 12/1
5th 23 De' Oro (IRE) 11-5 K Whelan J J Hanlon 7 100/1
Led before 2nd, headed before 3 out, soon ridden and no extra, weakened opened 100/1 touched 100/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.70 Tote Place: £1.10,4.50
Straight Forecast: £15.80 Exacta: £16.80

Placepot: €32.80, Pool: €0.0

Verdict

This race produced a stirring finish with SIR DES CHAMPS seemingly the least likely of the trio in contention to claim the prize but eventually coming out on top a shade comfortably. Davy Russell was happy to observe for much of the race from the rear and gradually edged his mount into contention at the third last. He had both Fists Of Fury and Hidden Cyclone in his sights off the home turn but a nod on landing at the final fence looked to have put paid to his chance. But Russell was superb once again and let his mount regain his momentum before delivering a challenge which saw him only win by half a length - but in a fashion that suggested he was cosily the best on the day and had something in hand. He is certainly a contender for either the Jewson or RSA at the Cheltenham Festival and it will be interesting so see where he fits into the plans for trainer Willie Mullins. Fists of Fury and Hidden Cyclone were getting 5lb from the winner but both ran with plenty of credit. The former does not have quite the class of the other pair but is game and tries his heart out. A tilt at the four-miler at the Festival looks realistic. Hidden Cyclone is a smashing type and the apple of Shark Hanlon's eye. For a stride or two on the run-in, he seemed set to get his head in front but was just worried out of things close home by two more experienced rivals. He could well turn out to the best of the trio down the line and his handler believes he could be a future Cheltenham Gold Cup horse. The decision to miss this year's Festival should pay dividends long term and he is a very bright prospect. Donnas Palm was a spent force after three out while De' Oro had little left to give at the end of the back straight after moving into a clear lead at one point.