Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Novice Chase 2m 1f

  • (4yo+, 2m 1f, 4 runners)
  • Winner €13,000 2nd €3,799 3rd €1,799 4th €600
  • Going: Good to Yielding
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 22.80s
  • Off time: 14:20:06
Full result
Result 14:20 Navan
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 1 Felix Yonger 1/2f

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 1125/11
beige, dark blue braces, dark blue armlets and cap Felix Yonger (IRE) 20
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:R Walsh
  • Form: 1125/11
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR:
  • Naps:
7 166 11-12 W P Mullins R Walsh 1/2f
2 2-P5013
YELLOW, black stars, black sleeves, black star on cap Passage Vendome (FR) 20
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:M P Fogarty
  • Form: 2-P5013
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-8
  • OR: 135
  • Naps:
7 162 11-8 W P Mullins M P Fogarty 135 20/1
3 21031-1
BEIGE, dark green diabolo on sleeves, black cap The Paparrazi Kid (IRE) 27
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:D E Mullins
  • Form: 21031-1
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-8
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 162 11-8 W P Mullins D E Mullins 10/1
4 132/24-1
MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Trifolium (FR) 16
  • T:C Byrnes
  • J:D N Russell
  • Form: 132/24-1
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-8
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 162 11-8 C Byrnes D N Russell 2/1

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2012   Oscars Well (IRE)
  • T:Mrs J Harrington
  • J:R M Power
7 11-8 Mrs J Harrington R M Power 8/11
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In depth

Verdict

The three Willie Mullins entries are in different ownerships so the fact that Ruby Walsh has chosen FELIX YONGER suggests he should be the pick. Runner-up to Simonsig in the Grade 1 Neptune Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham, he's made a superb start to his chasing career twice beating quality rivals at Punchestown, the latter in a Grade 2 for which he is penalised though he finished 21 lengths in front of stablemate Passage Vendome. The Paparrazi Kid ended last season's campaign with a victory in a very tough handicap over timber at Punchestown and was impressive when beating Castle Wings on his chasing bow at Limerick. However, it's Trifolium who looks the main threat to the selection as Charles Byrnes' classy hurdler, placed in championship races at Cheltenham and Punchestown last year, defied a long absence to make a spectacular start over fences at Thurles last month and is expected to take high rank among the novices this season.

Formwatch

Felix Yonger (IRE) 9-4 (11-4) Tracked leaders and 3rd halfway, went 2nd 4 out and headway to lead 2 out, ridden to assert run-in and kept on well, won at Punchestown 2m nov chs Grade 2 (1) in Nov beating Defy Logic (11-4) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.

Trifolium (FR) 2-1fav (11-12) Disputed early and led before 3rd, jumped well, asserted approaching straight and stayed on well from 2 out, comfortably,, won at Thurles 2m 2f beg chs in Nov beating Cairdin (11-12) by 10l, 16 ran.

The Paparrazi Kid (IRE) 9-10fav (11-12) Settled behind leaders early, closer in 5th halfway, headway into 3rd before straight, challenged 2 out, narrow led before last, ridden and asserted run-in, kept on well, won at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs sft in Nov beating Castle Wings (11-12) by 3l, 16 ran.

Passage Vendome (FR) 20-1 (11-4) Settled towards rear, some headway into 3rd 3 out, pushed along and soon no impression on first 2, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 21l behind Felix Yonger (11-4) at Punchestown 2m nov chs Grade 2 (1) in Nov.