Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase (Grade 1) 2m 1f

  • (5yo+, 2m 1f, Class 1, 7 runners)
  • Winner €65,001 2nd €19,000 3rd €9,000 4th €3,000
  • Going: Soft, Yielding in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 8.50s
  • Off time: 13:20:46
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Full Result

13:20 Leopardstown
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 3 Benefficient (IRE) A J Martin 7 11-12 h B J Cooper 9/1
SP 9/1 Chased leaders, closer order 6 out, 4th before straight, gained narrow lead last, drifted left run-in, stayed on well run-in, reduced lead but holding on close home opened 10/1
2nd ¾ 4 Hidden Cyclone (IRE) J J Hanlon 8 11-12 p Andrew J McNamara 8/1
SP 8/1 Chased leader, closer order 6 out, prominent when pecked 2 out, led before straight, narrowly headed last, impeded and switched right run-in, rallied well, not get to winner opened 10/1
3rd ½ 1 Arvika Ligeonniere (FR) W P Mullins 8 11-12 R Walsh 7/4f
SP 7/4f Held up towards rear, closer order 6 out, 4th approaching 2 out, 3rd before straight, kept on one pace under pressure run-in opened 2/1
4th 15 7 Sizing Europe (IRE) H De Bromhead 11 11-12 A E Lynch 11/4
SP 11/4 Led, soon clear, a little slow 6 out and reduced lead, slight mistake and reminder next, headed before straight, no extra in 4th at last opened 3/1
5th 14 2 Baily Green (IRE) M F Morris 7 11-12 t D J Casey 10/1
SP 10/1 Chased leaders, closer order 6 out, moderate 5th before straight, no extra when jumped right last opened 9/1
6th 17 6 Rubi Light (FR) R Hennessy 8 11-12 t1 D N Russell 20/1
SP 20/1 Chased leaders early, moderate 5th at 4th, closer order 6 out, no extra from before 2 out
7th 13 5 Kid Cassidy (IRE) N J Henderson 7 11-12 A P McCoy 9/2
SP 9/2 Held up in rear, not fluent 3 out, soon no extra, bad mistake last opened 7/2

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £12.30 Tote Place £4.30 £3.00 Straight Forecast £74.91 Exacta £96.00 Trifecta £436.70

Placepot €1,043.60

Analysis

A decent turnout and a thrilling finish, albeit not one that made significant waves in the ante-post markets for the Cheltenham Festival. Arvika Ligeonneire can look out of the top drawer on his day and has already won four Grade One races; for much of this contest it looked as though this would be five but the favourite found surprisingly little in the straight and produced a rather laboured performance having been made less use of than usual. There is a school of thought which believes he is better going the other way round but it's worth noting that one or two of his stablemates ran similar races over the Christmas period and perhaps there is a slight bug doing the rounds. The unheralded BENEFFICIENT was there to pick up the pieces and last year's Jewson Novices' Chase winner left behind a disappointing reappearance in the Charlie Hall that his trainer blamed himself for. This was his third Grade One prize and his fourth win in nine starts over fences but he still struggles to capture the imagination of the public and a half length defeat of Hidden Cyclone doesn't suggest that he has the scope to challenge the very best at this distance for all his many qualities. That said, Sprinter Sacre aside, this isn't a strong division and connections must be considering a tilt at the Champion Chase for which he was given quotes around 10/1. Hidden Cyclone has always been held in high regard by his trainer and deserves to win a decent prize after following up his fine run in the Paddy Power Gold Cup. He handles these conditions well and should be able to pick up another graded contest before the spring festivals. He may yet have a little improvement left in him after a disappointing last campaign while the Ryanair Chase would look the obvious target should connections opt to return to England. Sizing Europe won this race last year but this was a disappointing defence of his crown and perhaps the years are starting to catch up with him. Arkle second Baily Green was just over a length behind him in October but failed to match that run over this shorter trip on ground that would have been testing enough in this company. He's capable of bouncing back at a less exalted level but is fully exposed. Rubi Light is struggling to recapture the form of his 2011/12 season while Kid Cassidy, who had beaten Sire De Grugy last time, failed to land a blow.