PricewaterhouseCoopers Champion Chase (Grade 2) 2m 4f

  • (5yo+, 2m 4f, Class 1, 4 runners)
  • Winner €25,349 2nd €7,410 3rd €3,510 4th €1,170
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 58.40s
  • Off time: 16:05:34

Full Result

16:05 Gowran Park
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 1 Sizing Europe (IRE) H De Bromhead 9 11-10 A E Lynch Evsf
SP Evsf Took a couple of fences to warm to his jumping, soon raced in 3rd, 2nd when slight mistake 6 out, moderate 3rd from next, slightly slow jump 4 out, closed up from before straight, no impression from before 2 out, left in lead last, stayed on opened 5/6
2nd 3 Coolcashin (IRE) M J Bowe 10 11-6 T J Doyle 20/1
SP 20/1 Soon raced last of the 4 until moderate 2nd 5 out, closed approaching straight and ridden, no impression from before 2 out, left 2nd from last, kept on without matching winner run-in
3rd 71 2 Rubi Light (FR) R Hennessy 6 11-8 D N Russell 5/4
SP 5/4 Soon led, good jump 5 out and went on, reduced lead approaching straight, asserted from before 2 out and soon in command, drifted to right and fell last, remounted to finish 3rd opened 11/8
4th 5 Lenabane (IRE) D T Hughes 9 11-3 B J Cooper 10/1
SP 10/1 Raced in 2nd, 3rd 7 out, dropped last of the 4 and no extra from 5 out opened 12/1 touched 9/1
NR 4 Finger Onthe Pulse (IRE) T J Taaffe 10 11-3 M P Walsh

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £1.80 Straight Forecast £12.40 Exacta £10.10

Placepot €43.30

Analysis

A winning return for the Cheltenham Champion Chase winner but a fortuitous one. Rubi Light progressed markedly for the switch to chasing last season and signed off with a fine third in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham on ground that was deemed to be faster than ideal. He jumped well out in front building up a clear advantage before being given a breather ahead of the turn for home; that allowed the field to close but he easily opened up a commanding advantage and was en route to recording an impressive success only to get the last all wrong and take a crashing fall. Connections are keen to take the winner on again in the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal next month providing that he comes out of this race in one piece. SIZING EUROPE looked a little rung-rusty in the early stages of the contest and failed to jump with his usual fluency. He had been beaten on his seasonal reappearance last term but ran a far better race that day than he did here and this was a disappointing performance with neither the conditions nor the trip plausible excuses although his jockey did report that he slipped into a couple of fences. He, too, will head to Down Royal where he will be given another chance to prove that he stays three miles and connections will be hoping to see a much improved performance. Coolcashin had any amount to find on the figures with the winner but ran a fine race as he had done when filling the same position in this contest 12 months ago. The ten year old subsequently struggled in the face of some stiff tasks last term and may need his sights lowered this time around if he's to build on this return.