Boylesports.com Champion Chase (Grade 1) 2m

  • (5yo+, 2m, Class 1, 5 runners)
  • Winner €124,000 2nd €38,000 3rd €18,000 4th €6,000 5th €4,000
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 22.10s
  • Off time: 17:32:40
Full result
Result 17:30 Punchestown
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 5 Sprinter Sacre 1/9f
2nd 4 Sizing Europe 6/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 11-1412
ROYAL BLUE & WHITE CHEVRONS, royal blue cap, white diamonds Days Hotel (IRE) 21
  • T:H De Bromhead
  • J:P T Enright
  • Form: 11-1412
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 154
  • Naps:
8 166 11-12 H De Bromhead P T Enright 154 20/1
2 42P221
MAROON, pink sleeves, white cap Foildubh (IRE) 21
  • T:J P Ryan
  • J:P Carberry
  • Form: 42P221
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 151
  • Naps:
9 166 11-12 J P Ryan P Carberry 151 25/1
3 22P-744
PURPLE, gold sleeves, hooped cap Noble Prince (GER) 22
  • T:P Nolan
  • J:D N Russell
  • Form: 22P-744
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 155
  • Naps:
9 166 11-12 P Nolan D N Russell 155 40/1
4 1-11112
EMERALD GREEN, yellow chevron & sleeves, red cap Sizing Europe (IRE) 41
  • T:H De Bromhead
  • J:A E Lynch
  • Form: 1-11112
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 166
  • Naps:
11 166 11-12 H De Bromhead A E Lynch 166 6/1
5 11-1111
Red & royal blue chevrons, royal blue armlet, royal blue star on cap Sprinter Sacre (FR) 18
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 11-1111
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 188
  • Naps:
7 166 11-12 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 188 1/9f

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2012   Sizing Europe (IRE)
  • T:H De Bromhead
  • J:A E Lynch
10 11-12 H De Bromhead A E Lynch 8/13
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In depth

Verdict

Most observers have attempted to find a flaw in the armoury of SPRINTER SACRE but to no avail and he just keeps on demolishing the opposition. It's rare for a horse to win at the three main jumping Festivals but Nicky Henderson's brilliant chaser should have no problems retaining his unbeaten record over fences on his tenth start. He sauntered home from the former Champion Sizing Europe in the Champion Chase at Cheltenham before stepping up in trip at Aintree for another very impressive victory. Sizing Europe is probably still the second best two-miler around and should prove that here as Foildubh and Days Hotel, 1-2 in a Grade 2 at Fairyhouse three weeks ago, don't look up to his class. Noble Prince, the 2011 Jewson winner, hasn't won since the October of that year and it will be a major shock if he can get involved.

Formwatch

Sprinter Sacre (FR) 1-3fav (11-10) Tracked leaders on outside, poised to challenge 3 out, led on bit between last 2, clear last, very easily, won at Aintree 2m 4f chs G1 (1) gd beating Cue Card (11-10) by 4 1/2l, 6 ran.

Sizing Europe (IRE) 6-1 (11-10) Tracked leader from 3rd, led 9th, headed 3 out, outpaced in clear 2nd when stumbled before next, soon ridden, no chance with impressive winner between last 2, 2nd of 7, 19l behind Sprinter Sacre (11-10) at Cheltenham 2m chs G1 (1) gs in Mar.

Days Hotel (IRE) 5-6fav (11-10) Tracked leader in 2nd, led briefly 8th, led from 3 out, ridden and strongly pressed from next, headed before last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 4, 1 3/4l behind Foildubh (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f chs Grd 2 (1).

Noble Prince (GER) 6-1 (11-3) Tracked leader, 3rd from before halfway, ridden entering straight and no impression on first 2 when not fluent last, dropped to 4th run-in, 4th of 6, 20l behind Dressedtothenines (10-13) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hdl G2 (1).

Foildubh (IRE) 7-4 (11-4) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd entering straight, pushed along to lead before last, stayed on well run-in, comfortably, won at Fairyhouse 2m 1f chs Grd 2 (1) beating Days Hotel (11-10) by 1 3/4l, 4 ran.