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Punchestown

  • 14:55 Boylesports.com Tied Cottage Chase 2m

  • (Grade 2) €40,000 added 5yo+ 3 ran
  • Winner €26,000 2nd €7,600 3rd €3,600 4th €1,200
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 11.00s
  • Off time: 14:55:19

Full result

14:55 Punchestown Result 5th February 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Sizing Europe (IRE) 11-12 A E Lynch H De Bromhead 10 9/10f
Led from 2nd, driven along approaching straight, drew clear before last, stayed on strongly, easily opened evs touched evs
2nd 15 Big Zeb (IRE) 11-12 R M Power C A Murphy 11 Evs
Tracked leaders in 2nd from 3rd, 1 length down when ridden entering straight, no chance with easy winner from well before last opened 4/5 touched evs
3rd 57 Imperial Shabra (IRE) 11-4 J L Cullen P O Brady 8 66/1
Led early, chasing other 2 from 3rd, no impression when mistake 7th, soon trailing opened 66/1 touched 66/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £2.10
Straight Forecast: £2.11 Exacta: £2.60

Placepot: €18.40, Pool: €0.0

Verdict

The front two in the betting for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham were on trial here and a decisive victory for the current titleholder SIZING EUROPE. The 10-year-old had looked on good terms with himself all season and nothing we saw in this event would change that opinion as he powered clear of Big Zeb off the home turn. The winner was given a positive ride by Andrew Lynch and always had a lead over Big Zeb of a good three or four lengths down the back straight. The runner-up moved closer after three out and even looked to set to give Sizing Europe a run for his money facing up to the final fence but was soon put in his place. It was interesting to hear afterwards that Big Zeb's jockey Robbie Power had never really been totally happy on him from an early stage and once his chance was gone he eased him significantly after the last. That said, it will take a fair leap of faith to think the tables will be turned at Cheltenham even at the top of his game against a younger rival - both are sure to be better served by some decent spring ground as well. Imperial Shabra had his moment in the sun as he led the two big guns over the first but was soon dropped down the far side and came back in his own time.