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  • Benefficient Proves Best

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
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 8.50s
  • Off time: 13:20:46
  • Stewards Inquiry - Result Stands
  • Last Updated: December 27 2013, 17:35 GMT

Benefficient bounced back to form with victory in the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase at Leopardstown.

Benefficient: Another Grade 1 winner for Tony Martin
Benefficient: Another Grade 1 winner for Tony Martin

Tony Martin's seven-year-old was disappointing in the Charlie Hall at Wetherby on his latest start but he made no mistake on this occasion and appeared to fully appreciate the drop back in trip.

Sizing Europe attempted to make all and was pushed into a significant lead as they went down the back straight but errors at the fifth and sixth fences appeared to upset his momentum and the veteran began to labour badly as they began the turn for home.

Hidden Cyclone, who had chased the leader throughout, propped slightly on landing at the second last as Arvika Liegonniere appeared to travel with plenty in hand.

Neither were to match Benefficient as he took the lead at the last and though edging slightly to his left on the run-in, he was always producing enough under Bryan Cooper.

A stewards' inquiry ensued but the placings remained unaltered, and Martin said: "He runs well for Bryan and you could see halfway down the back straight he was going well.

"Bryan just suits the horse so well. I should never have run him in Wetherby (Charlie Hall). He worked 12 days before that with Flemenstar at Tipperary, what Flemenstar did to him that day was unreal and he left his race behind as he did far too much.

"The Topham Chase at Aintree was in my mind before today, but he'll probably be too high in the handicap now and we'll have to think about races like the Ryanair (at Cheltenham), or maybe even the Queen Mother (Champion Chase) if the ground was soft."

Sky Bet's Michael Shinners said of the winner: "We have introduced Benefficient at 16/1 for the Champion Chase and have cut him into 7/1 from 12/1 for the Ryanair Chase."

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