Deloitte Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) (2m2f) 2m 2f

  • (5yo+, 2m 2f, Class 1, 6 runners)
  • Winner €52,000 2nd €15,200 3rd €7,200 4th €2,400
  • Going: Soft to Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 22.50s
  • Off time: 14:18:21

Full Result

14:15 Leopardstown
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 6 Vautour (FR) W P Mullins 5 11-9 R Walsh 7/4
SP 7/4 Made all, asserted in straight, pushed out and kept on well run-in
2nd 3 3 The Tullow Tank (IRE) P Fenton 6 11-10 D E Mullins 9/10f
SP 9/10f Tracked leaders in 3rd, not fluent 4 out and slight mistake 2 out, progress into 2nd early straight, ridden and no impression on winner before last, kept on same pace run-in opened 1/1 touched 5/6
3rd 12 5 King of The Picts (IRE) J P Shanahan 5 11-9 P Carberry 33/1
SP 33/1 Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden early straight and soon no extra, slight mistake last, moderate 3rd run-in opened 25/1
4th 2 Quickpick Vic (IRE) A J Martin 7 11-10 h D N Russell 6/1
SP 6/1 Tracked leader in 2nd, no extra in 3rd early straight, moderate 4th run-in opened 11/2 touched 13/2
5th 14 4 Draycott Place (IRE) J P Ryan 5 11-9 A E Lynch 200/1
SP 200/1 In rear, ridden in 5th approaching 2 out and no extra entering straight opened 100/1
6th 58 1 Azorian (IRE) E Griffin 6 11-10 B J Cooper 16/1
SP 16/1 Tracked leaders in 5th, in rear and ridden after 3 out, no extra after 2 out and eased in straight, completely tailed off

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £2.50 Tote Place £1.90 £1.02 Straight Forecast £3.85 Exacta £3.70

Placepot €2,130.90

Analysis

This race has a rich history with Brave Inca, Royal Paradise, Aran Concerto and Dunguib all being sent off as favourite at the Cheltenham Festival after winning here although only Brave Inca and last year's winner, Champagne Fever, went on to win. Both horses won the Supreme Novices' Hurdle and Willie Mullins suggested that that would be the race for VAUTOUR who went a long way to proving the doubters wrong having failed to convince everyone with his victory over Christmas. Connections were adamant that there was a good deal of improvement to come from their charge, owner Rich Ricci had commented that he thought his charge looked on the big side that day, and so it proved. The one caveat was that Ruby Walsh was able to dictate his own pace but he's had a lead before so an uncontested lead doesn't look essential and it didn't prove to be a problem for Champagne Fever last March. The Tullow Tank was a deserved favourite with two Grade Ones to his name but he wasn't as quick over his obstacles as the winner and couldn't match his pace. He did pull a long way clear of the remainder when sent in pursuit but wasn't closing the gap inside the final furlong and there were no obvious excuses for the defeat and the winner is a worthy favourite for the Supreme. Quickpick Vic had won his maiden in a good time just two weeks ago and travelled comfortably with the winner until the tempo quickened. This was a marked step up in class and it's possible that found him out although there's also a chance that the run came too soon. It will be interesting to see how connections campaign him for the rest of the season. He was passed for third by King of The Picts who finished further behind The Tullow Tank than he had over Christmas suggesting that the second ran right up to form.