Lexus Chase (Grade 1) 3m

  • (5yo+, 3m, Class 1, 12 runners)
  • Winner €93,000 2nd €28,500 3rd €13,500 4th €4,500 5th €1,500
  • Going: Soft to Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 30.00s
  • Off time: 14:35:42

Full Result

14:35 Leopardstown
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 9 Pandorama (IRE) N Meade 7 11-10 P Carberry 7/2j
SP 7/2j Tracked leaders on inner, 6th halfway, headway into 2nd before 4 out, not fluent 3 out, 3rd at next, travelled best early straight to lead at last, drew clear run-in opened 6/1
2nd 6 6 Money Trix (IRE) N G Richards 10 11-10 D N Russell 7/1
SP 7/1 Mid-division, 7th halfway, mistake 10th, 6th 3 out, ridden in 5th entering straight, kept on under pressure closing stages without threatening winner
3rd ¾ 3 Joncol (IRE) P Nolan 7 11-10 A P Cawley 5/1
SP 5/1 Tracked leaders on outer, 5th halfway, pushed along in 4th after 2 out, no impression on winner run-in, kept on one pace opened 9/2
4th 2 Glencove Marina (IRE) E Griffin 8 11-10 B J Geraghty 16/1
SP 16/1 Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd 4 out, 2nd after next, driven along in 3rd approaching last, no impression under pressure run-in
5th 11 The Listener (IRE) Nick Mitchell 11 11-10 Andrew J McNamara 10/1
SP 10/1 Attempted to make all, slight mistake 4 out, strongly pressed after 2 out, headed under pressure when slow at last, no extra run-in and weakened opened 9/1
6th 9 13 J'y Vole (FR) W P Mullins 7 11-5 D J Condon 7/1
SP 7/1 Towards rear when mistake 1st, held up, went 7th before 4 out, 6th after 2 out, no extra approaching last
7th 12 12 Vic Venturi (IRE) D T Hughes 10 11-10 p P W Flood 25/1
SP 25/1 Towards rear, never a factor
8th 7 10 Siegemaster (IRE) D T Hughes 9 11-10 p R Loughran 33/1
SP 33/1 Prominent, mistake 6th, 3rd halfway, soon lost place, no extra from 4 out
9th dist 8 Notre Pere (FR) J T R Dreaper 9 11-10 A E Lynch 14/1
SP 14/1 Always towards rear, niggled along after halfway, trailing from 5 out, tailed off
10th 4 7 Mossbank (IRE) M Hourigan 10 11-10 A P Heskin 50/1
SP 50/1 Always towards rear, tailed off
PU 1 Cooldine (IRE) W P Mullins 8 11-10 P Townend 7/2j
SP 7/2j Prominent, 2nd halfway, blundered 6 out, 4th 4 out, ridden and no extra in 7th entering straight, eased and pulled up before last
UR 4 Kempes (IRE) W P Mullins 7 11-10 A P McCoy 9/1
SP 9/1 Held up towards rear, 9th 4 out, 8th and in touch when blundered and unseated rider 2 out
NR 5 Let Yourself Go (IRE) A Maguire 8 11-10 S J Hassett

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £3.70 Tote Place £1.60 £2.50 £2.60 Straight Forecast £30.48 Exacta £30.20

Placepot €92.80

Analysis

PANDORAMA went a long way to fulfilling his promise with a ready success in the feature race of the day. Little had gone according to plan for Noel Meade's seven year old this season as he was withdrawn at the start ahead of his intended reappearance before failing to run his race after an early mistake/interference in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury. He had plenty to find on the figures but he had made the racecourse just three times in a truncated novice season and wasn't seen after picking up the Grade One novice chase on this card. He has now won nine of his 11 races under Rules and it's a question of how far he can go but connections are reluctant to run him on good ground let alone anything faster. He was held up in midfield on the inside here, made smooth progress to move into second four from home, he lost ground at the next (the last ditch) when rather slow but soon recovered and looked full of running in the straight. He took up the lead jumping the last and quickened impressively clear to win as he liked. Nicky Richards was concerned that he hadn't been able to get a run into Money Trix but his talented yet fragile ten year-old ran creditably to gain second having first come under pressure around three from home; like the winner, he will avoid good/fast ground and the obvious next move for him would be another attempt at the Hennessy over this course and distance in February where he is likely to have his conditions. He is likely to re-oppose last year's winner Joncol who got his season back on track with an encouraging third with Paul Nolan's stable having shown signs of emerging from a spell in the doldrums. Joncol was asked to race wide throughout but travelled and jumped well and was only just run out of second. Glencove Marina has developed into a high-class chaser this season but didn't get home as well as the principals having travelled well into the top of the straight. The Listener won this race in 2006 and ran a blinder on his first start since November 2009 with his trademark exuberant jumping very much in evidence. He was harassed for the lead on occasion by Siegemaster but regularly gained ground on that rival at every fence and was only headed going into the last. He was entitled to need this run and should be a factor if returning here in February which would, again, be the obvious target. Cooldine had valid excuses for a disappointing campaign last season and shaped well on his reappearance; he appeared to be travelling well within himself in a share of third for much of the contest but he made a mistake at the twelfth and only briefly threatened to get back in the mix thereafter. Something may well come to light given how tamely he folded in the straight but it's becoming increasingly unlikely that the 2009 RSA Chase winner will fulfil his initial promise. The race didn't get any better for Willie Mullins as J'y Vole, who had run well in the John Durkan, was never competitive over this longer trip following a mistake at the first but there was some encouragement to be taken from the performance of Kempes as he was creeping into the race when falling two out and may well have challenged for the places. He won the Champion Novice Chase at Punchestown in April on his only other run at this trip and will be seen to far better effect on good ground in the spring.