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Festival Trophy Chase 2022 Racecard

2:50 Thu 17 Mar FESTIVAL TROPHY CHASE

Distance: 20f 127y Age: 5yo + Prize: £375,000 Going: Gd/Sft

Analyst's Verdict

ALLAHO produced a performance out of the top drawer and left a host of top-class chasers trailing in his wake when landing this race 12 months ago. He's done little to alter the fact he's the one to beat again with success in the John Durkan/KInloch Brae this term and can give Willie Mullins a fifth success in this race. Shan Blue is a fascinating runner and respected along with Conflated.

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
ODDS
1
jockey silks 1. ALLAHO (FR)
J: P. Townend
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
8
11-10
* * * * *
* * * * *
Top-class chaser who was dominant when taking this race 12 months ago and gained second Grade 1 victory when landing John Durkan in December. Easy winner of Thurles Gr. 2 since and the one to beat.
2
jockey silks 2. CONFLATED (IRE)
J: Davy Russell
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
8
11-10
* * * *
* * * *
Smart effort when landing 2½m Naas handicap and stepped up again to land Irish Gold Cup from Minella Indo in February. Overall strength of that form questionable but good showing likely back in trip.
3
jockey silks 3. ELDORADO ALLEN (FR)
J: Brendan Powell
T: Colin Tizzard
8
11-10
* * *
* * *
Has taken his form up a notch this term, bagging Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter and best effort yet when taking Gr 2 Denman Chase at Newbury (23.4f) in February. Holds each-way claims.
4
jockey silks 4. FANION D'ESTRUVAL (FR)
J: Charlie Deutsch
T: Venetia Williams
7
11-10
* *
* *
Improved performer this season, resuming winning ways at Newbury (19.8f) prior to pair of placed efforts, latterly when third in Gr 1 Ascot Chase. However, came up well short in this 12 months ago.
5
jockey silks 5. JANIDIL (FR)
J: M. P. Walsh
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
8
11-10
* * *
* * *
Smart hurdler who landed Grade 1 novice chase at Fairyhouse on final start last spring. Hard to knock consistency in trio of starts this campaign but may have to settle for a minor role once more.
6
jockey silks 6. MELON
J: Mr P. W. Mullins
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
10
11-10
* * *
* * *
High-class chaser who capitalised on drop back to Gr 2 level when landing Red Mills Chase at Gowran latest, making all and winning easily. Boasts solid Festival record but likely to find few too good.
7
jockey silks 7. MISTER FISHER (IRE)
J: James Bowen
T: Nicky Henderson
8
11-10
* * *
* * *
High-class chaser who dispelled effort in King George when taking Kempton Gr 2 from Eldorado Allen in January. Finished a tired, distant fourth in Ascot Chase (21f) since and must keep errors at bay.
8
jockey silks 8. SAINT CALVADOS (FR)
J: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls
9
11-10
* * *
* * *
Runner-up in this race 2 years ago. Seen only 4 times since but ran a cracker to finish third in King George on yard debut in December. Found to have bled in Ascot Chase latest and others more solid.
9
jockey silks 9. SHAN BLUE (IRE)
J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
8
11-10
* * * *
* * * *
Landed Grade 1 Kauto Star as a novice and in process of delivering a most visually impressive performance when falling 3 out in Charlie Hall in October. Absent since but he's fascinating nevertheless.

Betting Forecast : 4/6 .66 ALLAHO, 7/1 7 CONFLATED, 10/1 10 SHAN BLUE, 14/1 14 JANIDIL, 18/1 18 MELON, 18/1 18 ELDORADO ALLEN, 28/1 28 SAINT CALVADOS, 28/1 28 MISTER FISHER, 50/1 50 FANION D'estruval

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