Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase (Grade 1) 2m 1f

  • (5yo+, 2m 1f, Class 1, 7 runners)
  • Winner €52,000 2nd €15,200 3rd €7,200 4th €2,400
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 15.60s
  • Off time: 13:30:15

Full Result

13:30 Leopardstown
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 8 Trifolium (FR) C Byrnes 7 11-12 B J Cooper 7/1
SP 7/1 Chased leader in 2nd, led 3 out, clear from next, jumped slightly left last, ridden out run-in, stayed on well, comfortably opened 9/1
2nd 9 3 Felix Yonger (IRE) W P Mullins 8 11-12 R Walsh 5/2
SP 5/2 Chased leaders, mistake 4 out, soon struggling, slightly hampered 2 out, disputed moderate 2nd at last, soon in pursuit of winner and no impression, kept on same pace
3rd 6 Mozoltov W P Mullins 8 11-12 P Townend 7/2
SP 7/2 Chased leaders, closer order when slight mistake 2 out, soon struggling, disputed moderate 2nd at last where jumped slightly left, no impression in 3rd run-in
4th 18 7 Ted Veale (IRE) A J Martin 7 11-12 P Carberry 25/1
SP 25/1 Towards rear, struggling from 4 out, went moderate 4th at last, kept on same pace run-in
5th 17 2 Defy Logic (IRE) P Nolan 7 11-12 h A P McCoy 11/8f
SP 11/8f Led, a little slow at the 4th, mistake 3 out and headed, no extra from next, eased and dropped to moderate 5th at last opened 6/4 touched 5/4
6th 35 4 Irish Thistle (IRE) H Rogers 7 11-12 D N Russell 66/1
SP 66/1 Soon in rear, jumped slow and to the right at 3rd, soon trailing, jumped right 6th, no extra, tailed off
F 5 Mallowney (IRE) T Doyle 8 11-12 Andrew J McNamara 20/1
SP 20/1 Chased leaders, closer in 3rd 4 out, close 4th when fell 2 out opened 16/1
NR 1 Art Of Logistics (IRE) D T Hughes 6 11-12 B J Geraghty

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £8.50 Tote Place £2.50 £1.70 Straight Forecast £25.62 Exacta £27.70

Jackpot €40.30
Placepot €43.30

Analysis

Not the result that many expected and a race that threw up more questions than answers although the performance of Defy Logic became clearer as it was discovered that he had broken a blood vessel. His jumping was more ragged than when beating TRIFOLIUM and Champagne Fever over Christmas and he had looked in trouble from a long way out. Felix Yonger also looked beaten a long way from home and it's to his credit that he managed to finish as close as he did although his run does nothing to clarify the picture for the Arkle as far as the Mullins runners are concerned. He made one bad mistake but his rider commented that he couldn't jump out of the soft ground when beaten on his previous start so it was, perhaps, no surprise to see him struggle on the heavy here and he could well prove a different proposition under faster conditions in the spring. He had comfortably accounted for Trifolium (who was ridden more aggressively than he was here) in December but Charles Byrnes' charge emphatically reversed the placings with a stylish display. It could just be that he is improving with experience but the form is worth treating with a degree of caution for the time being; that said that his previous effort was sufficient to put him right in the mix and he has to be considered a live contender for the Arkle having already run well at Cheltenham. Mallowney, an impressive winner of his previous start, still hadn't been asked a question when coming down to add a further imponderable to the debate but he was in the process of outrunning his odds and will be of interest wherever he lines up next. Mozoltov had comfortably accounted for Mallowney on his chase debut in December but was passed over by Bryan Cooper and was readily left behind from two out. The only times that he has finished outside the first two have been his two starts in Grade one company which is, perhaps, an indication of his limitations although his trainer believes that he now needs further. Ted Veale is never going to go under the radar given his connections but he continues to take the eye in the face of stiff tasks with the assumption that there will be better to come once handicapping and he has shown enough to think that he is capable of stepping up on the form he's shown thus far.