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17:00 Monday 18 April 2022

BOYLESPORTS IRISH GRAND NATIONAL CHASE (HANDICAP) (Grade A)

Distance : 3m 5f 50y
Prize : €500,000 Age : 5yo+ Race Type : Chase Going : Gd/Sft
Race Type : Chase
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Pos Pos Btn Horse Name Horse Name TFR Tfig Jockey Age Wgt ISP ISP BSP Hi/Lo
Pedigree Jockey & Trainer Trainer (Equip) (OR) (Place) BSP
1 1 Patrick O'Hanlon silk 29. LORD LARIAT (IRE) 29. LORD LARIAT (IRE) -22 <
142
-11 > 117 Patrick O'Hanlon (7) 7 10-5 40/141 40/141
Patrick O'Hanlon silk bg GOLDEN LARIAT (USA) - JOHNNY'S PRIDE (IRE) MISTER LORD (USA) J: Patrick O'Hanlon (7)
T: Dermot Anthony McLoughlin, Ireland
Age: 7 Wgt: 10-5 Eq: (s+t) OR: 137
Dermot Anthony McLoughlin, Ireland (s+t) (137)
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freshened up by a 10-week break, proved better than ever to land by far the biggest prize of his career to date, his trainer clearly knowing exactly what it takes to have one peak in this race having saddled 150/1-winner Freewheelin Dylan a year earlier, his claiming jockey seen to excellent effect, too; led, jumped soundly, went with enthusiasm, headed fifth, remained prominent, led again 3 out, quickened clear approaching last, in command run-in.
led, jumped soundly, headed 5th, stayed prominent, led again 3 out, quickened clear approaching last, in command run-in
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2 2 J. W. Kennedy silk 23. FRONTAL ASSAULT (IRE) 23. FRONTAL ASSAULT (IRE) <
141
-10 > 116 J. W. Kennedy 7 10-7 18/119 18/119
J. W. Kennedy silk bg PRESENTING - THE FOLKES CHOICE KING'S THEATRE (IRE) J: J. W. Kennedy
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
Age: 7 Wgt: 10-7 Eq: (b) OR: 139
Gordon Elliott, Ireland (b) (139)
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wasted no time getting back on track, confirming himself a near-smart staying chaser, the winner's superior jumping the main difference on the day, though Frontal Assault is still only a novice, a fact which will remain going into next season, plenty of options open to him, therefore; prominent, went with zest, led fifth, headed when jumped right thirteenth, led again sixteenth, headed when jumped right 3 out, not fluent 2 out, left behind by winner run-in.
prominent, led 5th, headed when jumped right 13th, led again 16th, headed when jumped right 3 out, not fluent 2 out, left behind by winner run-in
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3 3 P. Townend silk 4. GAILLARD DU MESNIL (FR) 4. GAILLARD DU MESNIL (FR) +2 <
154+
+4 > 129 P. Townend 6 11-8 11/26.5f 11/26.5f
P. Townend silk grg SAINT DES SAINTS (FR) - ATHENA DU MESNIL (FR) AL NAMIX (FR) J: P. Townend
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
Age: 6 Wgt: 11-8 OR: 154
W. P. Mullins, Ireland (154)
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strong in the betting, failed to improve further but emerges with a ton of credit, arguably unlucky not to finish a little closer still; chased leaders, jumped well in main, travelled smoothly, effort when forced to switch after 3 out, every chance when hit 2 out, no extra run-in; he retains his novice status and it bears repeating that he will surely be a strong contender for the Broadway (third this year) or the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham in 2023.
chased leaders, largely jumped well, effort when forced to switch after 3 out, every chance when hit 2 out, no extra run-in
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4 4 Mr J. J. Codd silk nk 12. SCREAMING COLOURS (IRE) 12. SCREAMING COLOURS (IRE) -2 <
147+
> 122 Mr J. J. Codd 11 11-1 18/119 18/119
Mr J. J. Codd silk bg DUBAI DESTINATION (USA) - COLOUR SCHEME (FR) PERRAULT J: Mr J. J. Codd
T: William Durkan, Ireland
Age: 11 Wgt: 11-1 Eq: (s+t) OR: 147
William Durkan, Ireland (s+t) (147)
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ran at least as well in defeat as when winning the Midlands Grand National, and may well have finished second had things gone more smoothly in the latter stages, worth noting he did easily best of those held up in the early stages, too; waited with, steady headway from sixteenth, close up when pushed along after 4 out, short of room approaching 2 out, keeping on when bad mistake last, rallied late on; he's a staying chaser well worth keeping on side.
waited with, headway from 16th, close up when pushed along after 4 out, short of room approaching 2 out, keeping on when bad mistake last, rallied late on
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5 5 J. J. Slevin silk nk 8. EARLY DOORS (FR) 8. EARLY DOORS (FR) -19 <
148+
H (105) > 123 J. J. Slevin 9 11-2 33/134 33/134
J. J. Slevin silk bg SOLDIER OF FORTUNE (IRE) - YMLAEN (IRE) DESERT PRINCE (IRE) J: J. J. Slevin
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Ireland
Age: 9 Wgt: 11-2 Eq: (s) OR: 148
Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Ireland (s) (148)
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produced his best effort as a chaser, this right up there with the form he showed when winning the Martin Pipe over hurdles at Cheltenham, probably worth marking up a little, too; mid-division, not settle fully, awkward fourteenth, lost place when awkward again 5 out, plenty to do entering straight, keeping on when pecked on landing 2 out, finished well; he's clearly up to landing another big prize over fences when things go his way.
mid-division, awkward 14th, lost place when awkward again 5 out, off pace entering straight, keeping on when pecked on landing 2 out, finished well
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6 6 D. J. O'Keeffe silk ½ 17. VELVET ELVIS (IRE) 17. VELVET ELVIS (IRE) -3 <
142+
-48 > 117 D. J. O'Keeffe 6 10-11 12/113 12/113
D. J. O'Keeffe silk brg SHIROCCO (GER) - TREEN (IRE) CHARNWOOD FOREST (IRE) J: D. J. O'Keeffe
T: T. Gibney, Ireland
Age: 6 Wgt: 10-11 OR: 143
T. Gibney, Ireland (143)
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produced a career best, and was unlucky not to go closer still, his jumping (which had been largely sound) deserting him as he tired in the straight, the trip perhaps a little beyond him; chased leaders, pushed along after 4 out, every chance when mistake 2 out, not fluent again last, no extra; he's one to keep on side next season.
chased leaders, pushed along after 4 out, every chance when mistake 2 out, not fluent again last, no extra
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7 7 Denis O'Regan silk ¾ 15. MAX FLAMINGO (IRE) 15. MAX FLAMINGO (IRE) -8 <
143?
-8 > 118 Denis O'Regan 7 10-12 10/111 10/111
Denis O'Regan silk bg KALANISI (IRE) - FLAMINGO'S GIRL (IRE) OLD VIC J: Denis O'Regan
T: Francis Casey, Ireland
Age: 7 Wgt: 10-12 OR: 144
Francis Casey, Ireland (144)
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ran up to his best, probably just not well enough handicapped to win a race such as this, acknowledging he would have probably finished a little closer granted a clear passage in the straight; mid-division, jumped right at times, took keen hold, some headway after 4 out, forced to switch approaching next, switched again 2 out, kept on gradually.
mid-division, jumped right, some headway after 4 out, forced to switch approaching next, switched again 2 out, kept on gradually
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8 8 S. D. Torrens silk ½ 25. CHAMPAGNE PLATINUM (IRE) 25. CHAMPAGNE PLATINUM (IRE) -15 <
137
> 112 S. D. Torrens 8 10-6 33/134 33/134
S. D. Torrens silk grg STOWAWAY - SAFFRON HOLLY (IRE) ROSELIER (FR) J: S. D. Torrens
T: Enda Bolger, Ireland
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-6 Eq: (s) OR: 138
Enda Bolger, Ireland (s) (138)
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ran respectably enough, and can probably make a bigger impact in a similar event another day, his stamina assured, his jumping better here than at Nass, if a little out to the left at times; hampered first, settled mid-field third, ridden after 4 out, plugged on straight.
jumped left, hampered 1st, settled mid-field, ridden after 4 out, plugged on straight
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9 9 Conor Orr silk 7 9. ENJOY D'ALLEN (FR) 9. ENJOY D'ALLEN (FR) <
142+
H (79) > 117 Conor Orr 8 11-2 18/119 18/119
Conor Orr silk b or brg NETWORK (GER) - TRIPLE STAR (FR) DOM ALCO (FR) J: Conor Orr
T: Ciaran Murphy, Ireland
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-2 Eq: (b+t) OR: 148
Ciaran Murphy, Ireland (b+t) (148)
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third in this race from 6 lb lower last year, is possibly worth a little extra credit given his position relative to others, though it was his own less-than-fluent jumping which contributed chiefly to that; held up, jumped left at times, bad mistake second, not fluent 5 out and 4 out, brief headway 3 out, never on terms.
held up, jumped left, bad mistake 2nd, not fluent 5 out and 4 out, brief effort 3 out, never on terms
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10 10 B. J. Cooper silk 11 11. DIOL KER (FR) 11. DIOL KER (FR) +13 <
133+
-12 > 108 B. J. Cooper 8 11-1 25/126 25/126
B. J. Cooper silk bg MARTALINE - STIREN BLEUE (FR) PISTOLET BLEU (IRE) J: B. J. Cooper
T: Noel Meade, Ireland
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-1 OR: 147
Noel Meade, Ireland (147)
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probably remains in form, faring better than the majority of those to be held up; held up, hampered first, hampered again fifteenth, kept on gradually, not unduly punished.
held up, hampered 1st, hampered again 15th, kept on gradually
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11 11 Sam Ewing silk 14. DEATH DUTY (IRE) 14. DEATH DUTY (IRE) <
129+
+10 > 104 Sam Ewing 11 10-12 33/134 33/134
Sam Ewing silk bg SHANTOU (USA) - MIDNIGHT GIFT (IRE) PRESENTING J: Sam Ewing
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
Age: 11 Wgt: 10-12 OR: 144
Gordon Elliott, Ireland (144)
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shaped as if still in good form, this perhaps coming soon enough just 9 days on from his unseat at Aintree, lack of stamina unlikely to have been an issue given how he has shaped previously this season; prominent, jumped well in main, took keen hold, led thirteenth, headed sixteenth, close up still 3 out, beaten when bad mistake last.
prominent, largely jumped well, led 13th, headed 16th, close up still 3 out, beaten when bad mistake last
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12 12 D. E. Mullins silk 27. MISTER FOGPATCHES (IRE) 27. MISTER FOGPATCHES (IRE) +5 <
122
+8 > 97 D. E. Mullins 8 10-6 14/115 14/115
D. E. Mullins silk grg FAIRLY RANSOM (USA) - JENNIFERJO (IRE) WITNESS BOX (USA) J: D. E. Mullins
T: P. A. Fahy, Ireland
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-6 Eq: (s) OR: 138
P. A. Fahy, Ireland (s) (138)
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who has hit the frame in plenty of valuable staying handicaps, produced a rare below-par effort, possibly not suited by the addition of cheekpieces, though his jumping was again not always the best, either; mid-division, took strong hold, not fluent thirteenth, awkward 4 out, lost place after, beaten when jumped left 3 out; he's likely to be back on song before long.
mid-division, not fluent 13th, awkward 4 out, lost place after, beaten when jumped left 3 out
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13 13 Robbie Power silk ¾ 24. TIME TO GET UP (IRE) 24. TIME TO GET UP (IRE) +14 <
122?
> 97 Robbie Power 9 10-7 11/112 11/112
Robbie Power silk chg PRESENTING - GALES RETURN (IRE) BOB'S RETURN (IRE) J: Robbie Power
T: Jonjo O'Neill
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-7 Eq: (s+t) OR: 139
Jonjo O'Neill (s+t) (139)
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looked potentially well treated from his slightly lower Irish mark but wasn't seen to best effect; held up, hampered first, mistake eleventh, hampered again fifteenth, ridden after 4 out, soon beaten.
held up, hampered 1st, mistake 11th, hampered again 15th, ridden after 4 out, soon beaten
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14 14 Jack Foley silk 1. FRANCO DE PORT (FR) 1. FRANCO DE PORT (FR) +15 <
139?
+14 > 114 Jack Foley (5) 7 11-12 25/126 25/126
Jack Foley silk brg COASTAL PATH - RUTH (FR) AGENT BLEU (FR) J: Jack Foley (5)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
Age: 7 Wgt: 11-12 OR: 158
W. P. Mullins, Ireland (158)
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easy to back despite the assistance of an excellent claimer, made too many small errors, and failed to get involved; waited with, jumped none too fluently, beaten after 4 out.
waited with, not fluent, beaten after 4 out
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15 15 Rachael Blackmore silk 26. FULL TIME SCORE (IRE) 26. FULL TIME SCORE (IRE) +14 <
118
93 Rachael Blackmore 8 10-6 17/29.5 17/29.5
Rachael Blackmore silk chg FLEMENSFIRTH (USA) - IS IT HERE (IRE) ARCTIC LORD J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-6 OR: 138
Henry de Bromhead, Ireland (138)
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the least-exposed runner in the field, shaped a fair bit better than the distance beaten suggests after 10 weeks off, and is well worth another chance in a valuable staying contest, the form of his win last time boosted by the winner here; mid-division, headway when not fluent 4 out, weakened after next, not persevered with once held.
mid-division, headway when not fluent 4 out, weakened after next
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F F K. C. Sexton silk 30. SMOKING GUN (IRE) 30. SMOKING GUN (IRE) <
> K. C. Sexton 9 10-5 40/141 40/141
K. C. Sexton silk bg GOLD WELL - THE WOUNDED COOK (IRE) MUROTO J: K. C. Sexton
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-5 Eq: (b+t) OR: 137
Gordon Elliott, Ireland (b+t) (137)
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got no further than the first.
prominent, fell 1st
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F F S. Fitzgerald silk 7. FARCLAS (FR) 7. FARCLAS (FR) <
?
> S. Fitzgerald (5) 8 11-5 14/115 14/115
S. Fitzgerald silk grg JUKEBOX JURY (IRE) - FLORIANA (GER) SEATTLE DANCER (USA) J: S. Fitzgerald (5)
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-5 Eq: (t) OR: 151
Gordon Elliott, Ireland (t) (151)
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was seemingly on the retreat when unseating his rider at the sixth last, possibly needing the run after 5 months off; there is an air of unfinished business about him with regard to valuable staying handicaps.
prominent, lost place 17th, unseated rider 19th
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F F L. A. McKenna silk 6. RONALD PUMP 6. RONALD PUMP +5 <
151+
-9 > L. A. McKenna (7) 9 11-6 14/115 14/115
L. A. McKenna silk chg SCHIAPARELLI (GER) - FRUIT YOGHURT HERNANDO (FR) J: L. A. McKenna (7)
T: Matthew J. Smith, Ireland
Age: 9 Wgt: 11-6 Eq: (t) OR: 152
Matthew J. Smith, Ireland (t) (152)
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typically proved reluctant to line-up but shaped as if still in good form on what was just a fifth career start over fences, his stamina possibly running dry in the straight; led-in at start, mid-division, close up when pushed along after 4 out, weakening when fell last.
led-in, mid-division, close up when pushed along after 4 out, weakening when fell last
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F F Mr Pat Taaffe silk 2. BATTLEOVERDOYEN (IRE) 2. BATTLEOVERDOYEN (IRE) <
> Mr Pat Taaffe (7) 9 11-9 100/1101 100/1101
Mr Pat Taaffe silk bg DOYEN (IRE) - BATTLE OVER (FR) SILLERY (USA) J: Mr Pat Taaffe (7)
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
Age: 9 Wgt: 11-9 Eq: (t) OR: 155
Gordon Elliott, Ireland (t) (155)
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the longest-priced runner in the field, was still going well enough when falling at the fifteenth.
in touch, fell 15th
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F F Mr R. James silk 3. RUN WILD FRED (IRE) 3. RUN WILD FRED (IRE) <
> Mr R. James (7) 8 11-9 17/29.5 17/29.5
Mr R. James silk chg SHANTOU (USA) - TALKIN MADAM (IRE) TALKIN MAN (CAN) J: Mr R. James (7)
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-9 Eq: (b) OR: 155
Gordon Elliott, Ireland (b) (155)
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second in this race last year, again attracted plenty of support but made it back-to-back non-completions when he came down at the final fence on the first circuit.
mid-division, fell 12th
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R R Sean Flanagan silk 18. SCHOOL BOY HOURS (IRE) 18. SCHOOL BOY HOURS (IRE) <
> Sean Flanagan 9 10-10 33/134 33/134
Sean Flanagan silk bg PRESENTING - TRINITY ALLEY (IRE) TAIPAN (IRE) J: Sean Flanagan
T: Noel Meade, Ireland
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-10 OR: 142
Noel Meade, Ireland (142)
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possibly found this coming too soon after the Grand National, his refusal seemingly down to tiredness; mid-division, jumped none too fluently, lost place before halfway, behind when refused last.
mid-division, not fluent, lost place before halfway, behind when refused last
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ur ur L. P. Dempsey silk 22. ARAMAX (GER) 22. ARAMAX (GER) <
> L. P. Dempsey 6 10-7 80/181 80/181
L. P. Dempsey silk bg MAXIOS - ARAMINA (GER) IN THE WINGS J: L. P. Dempsey
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
Age: 6 Wgt: 10-7 Eq: (s+t) OR: 139
Gordon Elliott, Ireland (s+t) (139)
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failed to complete after 6 months off; waited with, unseated rider eleventh.
waited with, unseated rider 11th
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ur ur Davy Russell silk 5. MOUNT IDA (IRE) 5. MOUNT IDA (IRE) <
+
> Davy Russell 8 11-6 16/117 16/117
Davy Russell silk bm YEATS (IRE) - JOLIVIA (FR) DERNIER EMPEREUR (USA) J: Davy Russell
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-6 Eq: (s+t) OR: 152
Gordon Elliott, Ireland (s+t) (152)
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dropped out once more, typically jumped to her right but had avoided major error and was beginning to creep into the race when stumbling and unseating Davy Russell on the second circuit.
dropped out, jumped right, stumbled and unseated before 16th
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bd bd Mr H. C. Swan silk 16. FAKIR D'ALENE (FR) 16. FAKIR D'ALENE (FR) <
Mr H. C. Swan (7) 7 10-11 22/123 22/123
Mr H. C. Swan silk bg COKORIKO (FR) - SERBANNE (FR) NETWORK (GER) J: Mr H. C. Swan (7)
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
Age: 7 Wgt: 10-11 Eq: (b) OR: 143
Gordon Elliott, Ireland (b) (143)
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an excellent fourth at the Cheltenham Festival, wasn't afforded a chance to back that up, towards the rear when brought down by a stablemate at the first having been slowly into stride.
slowly away, off pace, brought down 1st
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pu pu Jordan Colin Gainford silk 19. FLOUEUR (FR) 19. FLOUEUR (FR) <
> Jordan Colin Gainford 7 10-9 33/134 33/134
Jordan Colin Gainford silk bg LEGOLAS (JPN) - SARASKA D'AIRY (FR) UNGARO (GER) J: Jordan Colin Gainford
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
Age: 7 Wgt: 10-9 Eq: (t) OR: 141
Gordon Elliott, Ireland (t) (141)
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doesn't jump well enough for races such as this; chased leaders, awkward ninth, slow sixteenth, jumped left eighteenth, lost place after, struggling when awkward 5 out, jumped left again next, pulled up.
chased leaders, awkward 9th, slow 16th, jumped left 18th, lost place after, struggling when awkward 5 out, jumped left again next, pulled up
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pu pu M. P. Walsh silk 20. TEN TEN (IRE) 20. TEN TEN (IRE) H (131) <
+
> M. P. Walsh 9 10-9 33/134 33/134
M. P. Walsh silk bg FLEMENSFIRTH (USA) - MANDYS GOLD (IRE) MANDALUS J: M. P. Walsh
T: J. P. Dempsey, Ireland
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-9 OR: 141
J. P. Dempsey, Ireland (141)
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back over fences after 8 weeks off, has essentially been a disappointment this season bar his second in the Pat Taaffe; waited with, blundered fifth, jumped left next, hampered fifteenth, jumped left 4 out, pushed along after, no response, pulled up before last.
waited with, blundered 5th, jumped left next, hampered 15th, jumped left 4 out, pushed along after, no response, pulled up before last
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pu pu Aidan Coleman silk 13. OFF YOU GO (IRE) 13. OFF YOU GO (IRE) <
?
H (132) > Aidan Coleman 9 10-13 33/134 33/134
Aidan Coleman silk bg PRESENTING - OZZY OSCAR (IRE) OSCAR (IRE) J: Aidan Coleman
T: Charles Byrnes, Ireland
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-13 Eq: (s) OR: 145
Charles Byrnes, Ireland (s) (145)
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sixth in this race from 3 lb higher last year, hadn't been in anything like the same form this campaign, and ran no sort of race in first-time cheekpieces after 10 weeks off; in rear, jumped poorly, pulled up after sixteenth.
rear, jumped poorly, pulled up after 16th
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Non Runners: SCOIR MEAR (IRE), SAMCRO (IRE), STREETS OF DOYEN (IRE), ALFA MIX, DEFINITE PLAN (IRE), LIEUTENANT COMMAND (FR). Fences: 24.

Winning Owner: Mr P. Blake

Time: 8m 3.9s Closing Sectional: (3.85f): 62.4s (102.1%)

Overrounds: Industry SP 143%, Betfair SP 111%

The 150th running of Ireland's premier handicap chase produced its second consecutive shock result, though the SP of this year's winner looks rather tame in comparison to the 150/1 of his predecessor, and stablemate, Freewheelin Dylan, their trainer, Dermot Anthony McLoughlin the toast of the track having again delivered a horse to produce a clear career best on the big day; the gallop is best described as having been stop-start with the majority of those left standing still well grouped 5 from home, those ridden prominently at an advantage, the fourth worth extra credit as a result.

LORD LARIAT (IRE) freshened up by a 10-week break, proved better than ever to land by far the biggest prize of his career to date, his trainer clearly knowing exactly what it takes to have one peak in this race having saddled 150/1-winner Freewheelin Dylan a year earlier, his claiming jockey seen to excellent effect, too; led, jumped soundly, went with enthusiasm, headed fifth, remained prominent, led again 3 out, quickened clear approaching last, in command run-in.

FRONTAL ASSAULT (IRE) wasted no time getting back on track, confirming himself a near-smart staying chaser, the winner's superior jumping the main difference on the day, though Frontal Assault is still only a novice, a fact which will remain going into next season, plenty of options open to him, therefore; prominent, went with zest, led fifth, headed when jumped right thirteenth, led again sixteenth, headed when jumped right 3 out, not fluent 2 out, left behind by winner run-in.

GAILLARD DU MESNIL (FR) strong in the betting, failed to improve further but emerges with a ton of credit, arguably unlucky not to finish a little closer still; chased leaders, jumped well in main, travelled smoothly, effort when forced to switch after 3 out, every chance when hit 2 out, no extra run-in; he retains his novice status and it bears repeating that he will surely be a strong contender for the Broadway (third this year) or the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham in 2023.

SCREAMING COLOURS (IRE) ran at least as well in defeat as when winning the Midlands Grand National, and may well have finished second had things gone more smoothly in the latter stages, worth noting he did easily best of those held up in the early stages, too; waited with, steady headway from sixteenth, close up when pushed along after 4 out, short of room approaching 2 out, keeping on when bad mistake last, rallied late on; he's a staying chaser well worth keeping on side.

EARLY DOORS (FR) produced his best effort as a chaser, this right up there with the form he showed when winning the Martin Pipe over hurdles at Cheltenham, probably worth marking up a little, too; mid-division, not settle fully, awkward fourteenth, lost place when awkward again 5 out, plenty to do entering straight, keeping on when pecked on landing 2 out, finished well; he's clearly up to landing another big prize over fences when things go his way.

VELVET ELVIS (IRE) produced a career best, and was unlucky not to go closer still, his jumping (which had been largely sound) deserting him as he tired in the straight, the trip perhaps a little beyond him; chased leaders, pushed along after 4 out, every chance when mistake 2 out, not fluent again last, no extra; he's one to keep on side next season.

MAX FLAMINGO (IRE) ran up to his best, probably just not well enough handicapped to win a race such as this, acknowledging he would have probably finished a little closer granted a clear passage in the straight; mid-division, jumped right at times, took keen hold, some headway after 4 out, forced to switch approaching next, switched again 2 out, kept on gradually.

CHAMPAGNE PLATINUM (IRE) ran respectably enough, and can probably make a bigger impact in a similar event another day, his stamina assured, his jumping better here than at Nass, if a little out to the left at times; hampered first, settled mid-field third, ridden after 4 out, plugged on straight.

ENJOY D'ALLEN (FR) third in this race from 6 lb lower last year, is possibly worth a little extra credit given his position relative to others, though it was his own less-than-fluent jumping which contributed chiefly to that; held up, jumped left at times, bad mistake second, not fluent 5 out and 4 out, brief headway 3 out, never on terms.

DIOL KER (FR) probably remains in form, faring better than the majority of those to be held up; held up, hampered first, hampered again fifteenth, kept on gradually, not unduly punished.

DEATH DUTY (IRE) shaped as if still in good form, this perhaps coming soon enough just 9 days on from his unseat at Aintree, lack of stamina unlikely to have been an issue given how he has shaped previously this season; prominent, jumped well in main, took keen hold, led thirteenth, headed sixteenth, close up still 3 out, beaten when bad mistake last.

MISTER FOGPATCHES (IRE) who has hit the frame in plenty of valuable staying handicaps, produced a rare below-par effort, possibly not suited by the addition of cheekpieces, though his jumping was again not always the best, either; mid-division, took strong hold, not fluent thirteenth, awkward 4 out, lost place after, beaten when jumped left 3 out; he's likely to be back on song before long.

TIME TO GET UP (IRE) looked potentially well treated from his slightly lower Irish mark but wasn't seen to best effect; held up, hampered first, mistake eleventh, hampered again fifteenth, ridden after 4 out, soon beaten.

FRANCO DE PORT (FR) easy to back despite the assistance of an excellent claimer, made too many small errors, and failed to get involved; waited with, jumped none too fluently, beaten after 4 out.

FULL TIME SCORE (IRE) the least-exposed runner in the field, shaped a fair bit better than the distance beaten suggests after 10 weeks off, and is well worth another chance in a valuable staying contest, the form of his win last time boosted by the winner here; mid-division, headway when not fluent 4 out, weakened after next, not persevered with once held.

SMOKING GUN (IRE) got no further than the first.

FARCLAS (FR) was seemingly on the retreat when unseating his rider at the sixth last, possibly needing the run after 5 months off; there is an air of unfinished business about him with regard to valuable staying handicaps.

RONALD PUMP typically proved reluctant to line-up but shaped as if still in good form on what was just a fifth career start over fences, his stamina possibly running dry in the straight; led-in at start, mid-division, close up when pushed along after 4 out, weakening when fell last.

BATTLEOVERDOYEN (IRE) the longest-priced runner in the field, was still going well enough when falling at the fifteenth.

RUN WILD FRED (IRE) second in this race last year, again attracted plenty of support but made it back-to-back non-completions when he came down at the final fence on the first circuit.

SCHOOL BOY HOURS (IRE) possibly found this coming too soon after the Grand National, his refusal seemingly down to tiredness; mid-division, jumped none too fluently, lost place before halfway, behind when refused last.

ARAMAX (GER) failed to complete after 6 months off; waited with, unseated rider eleventh.

MOUNT IDA (IRE) dropped out once more, typically jumped to her right but had avoided major error and was beginning to creep into the race when stumbling and unseating Davy Russell on the second circuit.

FAKIR D'ALENE (FR) an excellent fourth at the Cheltenham Festival, wasn't afforded a chance to back that up, towards the rear when brought down by a stablemate at the first having been slowly into stride.

FLOUEUR (FR) doesn't jump well enough for races such as this; chased leaders, awkward ninth, slow sixteenth, jumped left eighteenth, lost place after, struggling when awkward 5 out, jumped left again next, pulled up.

TEN TEN (IRE) back over fences after 8 weeks off, has essentially been a disappointment this season bar his second in the Pat Taaffe; waited with, blundered fifth, jumped left next, hampered fifteenth, jumped left 4 out, pushed along after, no response, pulled up before last.

OFF YOU GO (IRE) sixth in this race from 3 lb higher last year, hadn't been in anything like the same form this campaign, and ran no sort of race in first-time cheekpieces after 10 weeks off; in rear, jumped poorly, pulled up after sixteenth.