Dr. P.J. Moriarty Novice Chase (Grade 1) (2m5f) 2m 5f

  • (5yo+, 2m 5f, Class 1, 3 runners)
  • Winner €48,750 2nd €14,250 3rd €6,750 4th €2,250
  • Going: Soft to Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 34.90s
  • Off time: 14:47:45

Full Result

14:45 Leopardstown
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 1 Ballycasey (IRE) W P Mullins 7 11-10 R Walsh 2/1
SP 2/1 Led, joined briefly entering straight, edged left under pressure run-in, kept on well
2nd 4 3 Don Cossack (GER) G Elliott 7 11-10 B J Cooper Evsf
SP Evsf Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden to dispute briefly entering straight, edged left approaching last, under pressure and no impression on winner run-in opened 5/4
UR 2 Carlingford Lough (IRE) J E Kiely 8 11-10 A P McCoy 11/4
SP 11/4 Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden entering straight, short of room last where bumped wing and unseated rider opened 5/2

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £2.30 Straight Forecast £4.51 Exacta £4.30 Trifecta £4.20

Placepot €2,130.90

Analysis

This race is often won by a smart sort and is often a pointer towards the RSA Chase and this renewal looked right up to scratch despite attracting just the three runners. Willie Mullins had a typically strong hand at the initial entry stage, including Champagne Fever, and it was his chosen representative, BALLYCASEY, that took the honours and was duly promoted to favouritism for the Cheltenham contest. The seven year old had a light campaign over hurdles which culminated in defeat behind RSA market rival Morning Assembly in a Grade One novice at Punchestown last April. He belied his inexperience over fences with a proficient round of fencing and found plenty for pressure on the run-in. Although beaten on his sole attempt over three miles under Rules, his pedigree is full of stamina while, being a son of Presenting, a faster surface shouldn't hold any fears either and he certainly deserves to be to the fore of the market although it's questionable whether he should be quite as short as 5/1. He appeared to have the upper hand when Carlingford Lough departed (possibly not helped by Don Cossack jumping left) but the Topaz winner is a real terrier and would have given chase all the way to the line. This distance is clearly on the short side for the experienced eight year old and it's to his credit that he was as close as he was at the last while a longer trip would also put less pressure on his jumping which, although not pretty, is effective enough and he appears to have worked out his own method of getting from a to b. He should be suited by the demands of the RSA and several of the firms that pushed him out to 14s in the immediate aftermath brought him back to 10/1 soon after and it's easy to see why. He had finished behind Don Cossack in the Drinmore over a furlong shorter in December and it was a shade disappointing that Gordon Elliott's runner didn't find a shade more after the last. His stomach for a fight had been questioned in the past and although he appeared to have answered those questions last time, they will inevitably be raised again after this run. It's not entirely obvious why he should be shorter with some firms for the RSA than Carlingford Lough with his stamina for the longer trip still to prove and perhaps the JLT may prove a better option.