Naas Directors Plate Novice Chase (Grade 3) 2m 4f

  • (5yo+, 2m 4f, Class 1, 3 runners)
  • Winner €17,875 2nd €5,225 3rd €2,474 4th €826
  • Going: Soft, Yielding to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 25.10s
  • Off time: 14:45:45

Full Result

14:45 Naas
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 2 Flemenstar (IRE) P Casey 7 11-12 A E Lynch 10/11j
SP 10/11j Tracked leader in 2nd, jumped well, led 7th, pushed along before last and kept on well run-in opened 9/10 touched 1/1
2nd 4 Frisco Depot D T Hughes 8 11-2 B J Cooper 22/1
SP 22/1 Chased leaders in 3rd, ridden to go 2nd after 2 out and tried to challenge last, no impression on winner run-in
3rd 60 1 Bog Warrior (IRE) A J Martin 8 11-12 D N Russell 10/11j
SP 10/11j Led and kept wide throughout, headed 7th, ridden 2 out and no extra in 3rd before last, eased and virtually pulled up run-in opened 9/10
NR 3 Rathlin M F Morris 7 11-10 N P Madden

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £1.70 Straight Forecast £7.92 Exacta £7.10

Placepot €571.50

Analysis

A fascinating clash between two of the country's leading novices was won in emphatic style by FLEMENSTAR who comprehensively reversed the form of their meeting in November. Peter Casey's seven year old had won his three subsequent starts in increasingly impressive fashion and had gained a first Grade One success when slamming the opposition in Leopardstown's Arkle Chase at the end of January. Content to take a lead from his principal rival, he moved easily into the lead and found plenty for pressure after the last to pull clear of outsider Frisco Depot. Some may point to the proximity of the runner-up to knock the form but there was no great pace to the race and the second is flattered by the margin of defeat. The winner reportedly didn't like the 'sticky ground' and will be hoping for different conditions at Fairyhouse in April where he will hold leading claims in the Powers Gold Cup. The ground certainly didn't hinder his jumping which was superb throughout and he rates an exciting prospect for next season when three miles should be well within his compass. Without wanting to take anything away from the winner, it's hard to believe that Bog Warrior was anywhere near his best. Tony Martin holds his charge in the highest regard and it would be unwise to hold this defeat against him. The fluent jumping that marked his earlier performances in this sphere was absent as he failed to take a cut at a number of his obstacles, getting in close on several occasions after halfway and there was limited response when Davy Russell asked him to pick up in the straight. Russell reported that the gelding had run flat while the racecourse vet found the gelding to be blowing hard after the race. Frisco Depot had beaten the useful hurdler Aitmatov on his chase bow before pulling up on his next start just over a fortnight later. This was a return to form and it appeared as though his rider had half a chance of stealing the race as he challenged on the opposite side of the track to the eventual winner but he was readily put in his place. However, there was no disgrace in his defeat and this has to go down as a decent run and there are more races to be won with him.