Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase (Grade 1) 2m 1f
- (5yo+, 2m 1f, Class 1, 7 runners)
- Winner €65,001 2nd €19,000 3rd €9,000 4th €3,000
- Going: Soft, Yielding in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 8.50s
- Off time: 13:20:46
|2nd||4 Hidden Cyclone||¾||8/1|
Arvika Ligeonniere (FR) 19
|8||166 11-12||W P Mullins||R Walsh||161||7/4f|
Baily Green (IRE) 83
|7||166 11-12 t||M F Morris||D J Casey||157||10/1|
Benefficient (IRE) 55
|7||166 11-12 h||A J Martin||B J Cooper||157||9/1|
Hidden Cyclone (IRE) 41
|8||166 11-12 p||J J Hanlon||Andrew J McNamara||153||8/1|
Kid Cassidy (IRE) 40
|7||166 11-12||N J Henderson||A P McCoy||156||9/2|
Rubi Light (FR) 19
|8||166 11-12 t1||R Hennessy||D N Russell||152||20/1|
Sizing Europe (IRE) 55
|11||166 11-12||H de Bromhead||A E Lynch||167||11/4|
Sizing Europe (IRE)
||10||11-12||H de Bromhead||A E Lynch||1/3|
SIZING EUROPE won this last year beating Rubi Light just over two lengths but faces a much stiffer task this time. Henry De Bromhead's stable star once again failed to stay 3m in the jnwine at Down Royal but very rarely gets beat at around this trip and is taken to gain his 21st victory on his 40th start. Arvika Ligeonniere is a massive threat as he's looked even better this season after his impressive victory in the Ryanair at Punchestown in April. Ruby Walsh is likely to make this a really stiff test and it will take something special to beat his mount. Kid Cassidy's victory over Sire De Grugy at Cheltenham has been well and truly boosted by the runner-up and though the remainder will need to find more none can be totally ruled out.
Benefficient (IRE) 17-2 (11-5) Led until 13th, beaten when left 4th 3 out, weakened next, 4th of 7, 37l behind Harry Topper (11-6) at Wetherby 3m 1f chs Grd 2 (1) gs in Nov.
Hidden Cyclone (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Led, headed 10th (water), remained in touch, every chance when left 2nd 2 out, ridden and kept on same pace flat, held when lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 20, 2 1/4l behind Johns Spirit (10-2) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gd in Nov.
Arvika Ligeonniere (FR) 4-7fav (11-10) Chased leader, disputed from 2nd and led approaching 3rd, clear after 2 out, easily, won at Punchestown 2m 4f chs G1 (1) beating Rubi Light (11-10) by 9l, 3 ran.
Sizing Europe (IRE) 9-4fav (11-10) Held up early, mistake 4th, closer in 4th halfway, 3rd 8 out, improved to 2nd approaching 4 out, pushed along and slight mistake 3 out, soon ridden and no impression winner before 2 out, kept on same pace, mistake last, 2nd of 6, 13l behind Roi Du Mee (11-10) at Down Royal 3m chs G1 (1) sft in Nov.
Baily Green (IRE) 8-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, improved from 5 out, 3rd next, kept on under pressure run-in without ever looking like getting to winner, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Sizing Europe (11-10) at Gowran Park 2m 4f chs Grd 2 (1) gd in Oct.
Rubi Light (FR) 16-1 (11-10) Held up in 3rd early, chased leader from 3rd, mistake 7th, ridden before 2 out, no impression winner from 2 out, mistake last, 2nd of 3, 9l behind Arvika Ligeonniere (11-10) at Punchestown 2m 4f chs G1 (1).
Kid Cassidy (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, switched left and went 3 lengths 2nd last, led 100 yards out, won going away, won at Cheltenham 2m lst chs (1) gd in Nov beating Sire De Grugy (11-10) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.