Hugh McMahon Memorial Novice Chase (Grade 2) 3m
- (5yo+, 3m, Class 1, 6 runners)
- Winner €24,374 2nd €7,126 3rd €3,374 4th €1,126
- Going: Soft to Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 7m 1.20s
- Off time: 16:36:01
|1st||5 Touch The Eden||2/1f|
|2nd||3 Letter Of Credit||2½||7/1|
|7||157 11-3||C Byrnes||D N Russell||3/1|
Folsom Blue (IRE) 21
|7||157 11-3||C O'Dwyer||P Carberry||135||10/3|
Letter Of Credit (IRE) 21
|9||157 11-3||J J Mangan||P T Enright||139||7/1|
Rogue Angel (IRE) 19
|6||157 11-3 b||M F Morris||B T O'Connell||130||9/2|
Touch The Eden (FR) 29
|7||157 11-3||W P Mullins||P Townend||136||2/1f|
Carrigeen Lonicera (IRE) 14
|8||150 10-10 b||R H Lalor||Miss E A Lalor||109||28/1|
||5||10-13||T J Taaffe||B J Cooper||2/5|
Domination won twice over hurdles on quick ground in August but it was heavy when he made a winning start over fences here a fortnight ago where he was left clear at the last. He probably would have won anyway and there's more to come. Folsom Blue jumps and stays well as he showed when landing a 3m4f Leopardstown handicap in February while Letter Of Credit is very experienced over fences which could count in the expected tough conditions. ROGUE ANGEL can take this as he had Touch The Eden 11l behind when making all at Punchestown on New Year's Eve and wasn't beaten far in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham. The latter did better over a shorter trip at Navan last time but there doesn't appear any reason for a form reversal.
Touch The Eden (FR) 2-5fav (11-12) Chased leader in 2nd, close up 6 out, 3rd 4 out, challenged and slight mistake 3 out, led 2 out, ridden to assert before last, kept on well, won at Navan 2m 4f beg chase beating Chestnut Charlie (11-12) by 8l, 9 ran.
Letter Of Credit (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, plenty to do in 3rd when left 2nd 2 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace from last without troubling winner, 2nd of 5, 8l behind Bright New Dawn (11-10) at Naas 2m 4f nov chs Grd 3 (1) sft.
Folsom Blue (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Mid-division, closer in 5th 3 out, soon ridden, 4th next, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 6l behind Gallant Oscar (10-1) at Naas 3m Handicap Chase (Grade B) (5yo+) sft.
Rogue Angel (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) In touch, led after 14th, headed 16th, led again 17th, headed before 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, 7th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Midnight Prayer (11-6) at Cheltenham 4m Listed Amateur Novice Chase (5yo+) (1) gs.
Domination Evensfav (11-12) Chased leaders, closer order 3rd, closed into 2nd travelling smoothly from before straight, challenged 2 out, on terms from before last where left in lead, stayed on well run-in, won at Limerick 2m 1f beg chase hvy beating Drawn N Drank (11-12) by 2l, 12 ran.
Carrigeen Lonicera (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, progress into mid-division halfway, 6th 8 out, ridden in 8th 4 out, under pressure in 7th 2 out, kept on same pace from last, 5th of 16, 9l behind My Murphy (11-10) at Navan 3m nov chs sft.