Topaz Fort Leney Novice Chase (Grade 1) 3m

  • (4yo+, 3m, Class 1, 8 runners)
  • Winner €48,750 2nd €14,249 3rd €6,750 4th €2,250
  • Going: Good, Good to Yielding in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 16.40s
  • Off time: 13:25:15

Full Result

13:25 Leopardstown
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 5 Last Instalment (IRE) P Fenton 6 11-10 B T O'Connell 11/4
SP 11/4 Disputed lead, jumped well, led 2 out, ridden to assert before last, kept on well run-in opened 5/2 touched 3/1
2nd 6 3 First Lieutenant (IRE) M F Morris 6 11-10 D N Russell 7/4f
SP 7/4f Tracked leaders mainly 5th, stumbled around halfway, left 3rd after 3 out, slight mistake next and soon no impression on first 2, kept on under pressure run-in to snatch 2nd near line opened 2/1
3rd nk 1 Allee Garde (FR) W P Mullins 6 11-10 R Walsh 7/2
SP 7/2 Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, headway to dispute before 3 out, headed next, no impression on winner before last, no extra under pressure run-in and lost 2nd near line
4th 34 8 Shinrock Paddy (IRE) P Nolan 7 11-10 t B J Geraghty 10/1
SP 10/1 Tracked leaders on inner in 4th, dropped to rear after halfway, mistake 4 out, moderate 4th from early straight
5th 2 Crash (IRE) M Hourigan 6 11-10 A E Lynch 14/1
SP 14/1 Chased leaders on outer, 6th halfway, left 4th and slightly hampered 3 out, no extra after next opened 16/1
6th 36 4 Give Us A Hand (IRE) J A Berry 9 11-10 R M Moran 66/1
SP 66/1 Chased leaders, 7th halfway, no extra from 3 out, weakened, tailed off
F 7 Raptor (FR) W P Mullins 6 11-10 E Mullins 10/1
SP 10/1 Led or disputed lead, still on terms when fell 3 out
UR 9 Son Amix (FR) T Cooper 5 11-9 B J Cooper 10/1
SP 10/1 Towards rear, mistake and unseated rider 10th opened 12/1
NR 6 Leggy Lad (IRE) S McConville 8 11-10 Mr M McConville

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £4.20 Tote Place £1.40 £1.50 £1.40 Straight Forecast £8.97 Exacta £7.00

Placepot €6.40

Analysis

A decent renewal of a contest that has provided the last two RSA Chase winners in Weapon's Amnesty and Boston's Angel. First Lieutenant was the pick of Davy Russell from the powerful Gigginstown team but this season has already proved that he has no easy task choosing between the wealth of options at his disposal and the honours went to one of those he rejected in LAST INSTALMENT. The six year old lost his way at the end of his first season but had impressed in two starts over fences this term, impressively winning the Grade Two Florida Pearl Novice Chase last time. He was always to the fore under Brian O'Connell (who had been aboard for his chase bow) and jumped with aplomb. He was hardpressed by Allee Garde but had seen off that one's challenge by the last and pulled clear on the run to the line to record a decisive success. Connections had been concerned about the ground but he handled it perfectly well which bodes well for the spring festivals. His trainer did not commit him to Cheltenham in the aftermath and, although they say you should never be frightened of one horse, there are several trainers who may be closely monitoring the smoke signals from Pond House in the following three months with regards to the RSA. First Lieutenant was nearly brought down when squeezed up on the turn by Allee Garde and, while that incident itself was not a sufficient excuse for his defeat, it's possible that it may have affected him. He didn't jump as well as the winner and his confidence may have taken a knock by the bad mistake he made at Fairyhouse earlier in the month and he looked rather laboured in trying to make up the ground. He did knuckle down under strong pressure to take second close home but, while this was a fair performance, he has yet to live up to expectations. It would, however, be no surprise to see him fulfil his trainer's hopes later on this season once faced with his favoured good (or faster) ground. Allee Garde has shown form on good ground and his connections believe that he moves well enough to be effective on it but he has the look of an out and out stayer and may need more testing conditions if he's to taste success at this level. He jumped well on just his second start over fences and made a race of it but was firmly put in his place by the winner in the closing stages; more success, however, should come his way and he could be the type to pick up a valuable handicap over an extreme trip. Those three finished a long way clear of Shinrock Paddy whose season over fences hasn't lived up to expectations. He was again well beaten off and is in danger of becoming disappointing. Raptor was still in contention when departing but had to prove his stamina for this trip and that remains the case although he certainly wasn't ridden as though it was expected to be an issue.