Red Mills Chase (Grade 2) 2m 4f
- (5yo+, 2m 4f, Class 1, 4 runners)
- Winner €26,000 2nd €7,600 3rd €3,600 4th €1,200
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 19.40s
- Off time: 14:25:31
Argocat (IRE) 30
|6||162 11-8||T J Taaffe||B T O'Connell||150||10/1|
Aupcharlie (IRE) 294
|8||157 11-3||H De Bromhead||A E Lynch||147||4/1|
Bog Warrior (IRE) 338
|10||157 11-3||A J Martin||B J Cooper||150||13/8|
Turban (FR) 27
|7||157 11-3||W P Mullins||R Walsh||151||5/4f|
||9||118 t||M F Morris||M A Enright||157||NR|
Bog Warrior makes his long awaited comeback after his injury in the World Hurdle and Tony Martin's classy performer reverts to fences though escapes a penalty for his Grade 1 victory at Fairyhouse in 2011. Willie Mullins had four entered and relies on TURBAN, who won the Dan Moore Handicap at Fairyhouse in very impressive style. This will be his first attempt at Grade company but he looks a smart prospect and can take the step-up in his stride. Aupcharlie has left the champion trainer for Henry De Bromhead, who will need to get him back on track but would have every chance on his narrow defeat in the Grade 1 Topaz at Leopardstown just over a year ago. Rathlin completed a hat-trick in lesser company early last summer and his two recent starts should have put him straight. Argocat might well have won the Grade 2 Powers Irish Whiskey Chase at Down Royal in November but for falling at the last. That could have affected his confidence as he ran poorly in the Kinloch Brae at Thurles last month.
Rathlin 10-1 (11-10) Held up in 3rd, slight mistake 8th, 4th before 3 out where ridden, kept on one pace, moderate 3rd last, just held 3rd at line, 3rd of 4, 28l behind Arvika Ligeonniere (11-12) at Punchestown 2m chs G2 (1) hvy.
Argocat (IRE) 5-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, ridden 4 out, no impression before next, 6th of 7, 20l behind Texas Jack (11-8) at Thurles 2m 4f chs Grd 2 (1) sft in Jan.
Turban (FR) 11-2 (11-2) Mid-division, headway into close 4th 3 out, improved to lead from next, ridden clear before last, stayed on well run-in, comfortably, won at Fairyhouse 2m 1f sft in Jan beating Competitive Edge (10-12) by 6l, 13 ran.
Aupcharlie (IRE) 6-4 (11-12) Soon raced in touch, last of the 3, 2nd before 2 out where challenged when mistake, ridden and almost on terms when fell last, in a race won by Grey Gold (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 2f nov chs hvy in Apr, 3 ran.
Bog Warrior (IRE) 8-1 (11-10) Led after 1st, driven and hard pressed between last 2, headed and in 3rd when blundered last, weakened flat, 5th of 13, 10l behind Solwhit (11-10) at Cheltenham 3m hdl G1 (1) gs in Mar.