Lexus Chase (Grade 1) 3m

  • (5yo+, 3m, Class 1, 9 runners)
  • Winner €93,000 2nd €28,500 3rd €13,500 4th €4,501 5th €1,501
  • Going: Yielding to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 17.10s
  • Off time: 14:57:03

Full Result

14:55 Leopardstown
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 2 Bobs Worth (IRE) N J Henderson 8 11-10 B J Geraghty 11/4j
SP 11/4j Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, not fluent 11th and slight mistake 3 out, pushed along in 3rd approaching last,under pressure and led 100 yards out, kept on well opened 3/1
2nd 3 First Lieutenant (IRE) M F Morris 8 11-10 p D J Casey 7/1
SP 7/1 Tracked leader in 2nd, led briefly 12th, pushed along to challenge last, led briefly early run-in, headed under pressure 100 yards out, no impression on winner
3rd 1 8 Rubi Ball (FR) W P Mullins 8 11-10 R Walsh 8/1
SP 8/1 Led, slight mistake and headed briefly 12th, ridden approaching last and headed early run-in, no impression in 3rd final 100 yards
4th 9 Sir Des Champs (FR) W P Mullins 7 11-10 D N Russell 11/4j
SP 11/4j Tracked leaders and 4th halfway, close 3rd 2 out but ridden in 4th approaching last, no impression run-in opened 3/1
5th 2 6 Lyreen Legend (IRE) D T Hughes 6 11-10 B J Cooper 14/1
SP 14/1 Towards rear in touch, progress in close 5th 2 out, ridden approaching last and no impression run-in
6th 4 Foildubh (IRE) J P Ryan 9 11-10 P Carberry 33/1
SP 33/1 Chased leaders and 6th halfway, 8th 2 out and ridden entering straight, under pressure and kept on one pace opened 40/1
7th nk 5 Lord Windermere (IRE) J H Culloty 7 11-10 D C Costello 7/1
SP 7/1 Towards rear in touch, close 7th 2 out, ridden entering straight and no impression before last, kept on one pace run-in
8th nse 10 Unioniste (FR) P F Nicholls 5 11-9 Nick Scholfield 9/2
SP 9/2 Tracked leaders and 5th halfway, close 6th 2 out, ridden in 7th entering straight and no impression before last, kept on one pace run-in
9th 28 7 Prince De Beauchene (FR) W P Mullins 10 11-10 P Townend 20/1
SP 20/1 Chased leaders, rear but in touch halfway, mistake 3 out and no extra after next, weakened
NR 1 Benefficient (IRE) A J Martin 7 11-10 R M Power

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £3.40 Tote Place £1.80 £2.00 £1.40 Straight Forecast £24.40 Exacta £28.00

Placepot €271.10

Analysis

The dominance of this race by British based horses continued as BOBS WORTH made it seven wins in eight renewals for the raiders with only Pandorama scoring for the home team. The Cheltenham Gold Cup winner had run no sort of race at Haydock on his reappearance but several of the yard's horses were needing a run at the time while the Merseyside track was never likely to play to his strengths. Always prominent in a race won at a steady gallop, he was able to keep tabs on the leaders as the field started to sprint turning for home and stayed on strongly to win impressively. He was rightly cut to retain his crown and, with little in the way of emerging talent coming through, he looks a very solid favourite. Mouse Morris made no secret that he thought the Gold Cup was the race for First Lieutenant last season and he looks sure to get his wish this time around following a terrifically game run. His trainer blamed himself for the gelding's disappointing start to the season but First Lieutenant was right back to his best here although the balance of his form suggests that he's going to need the key protagonists to have an off day if he's to win the big prize. Rubi Ball, a top-class performer in France, didn't live up to expectations on debut for Willie Mullins over hurdles but showed what he was capable of with a solid round of jumping from the front which bodes well for the rest of the season. His trainer believes that he needs soft ground and a stiffer test of stamina; he'll be given entries in all the big staying chases and should be capable of winning one. Sir Des Champs took a pearler early on his reappearance so was entitled to need this outing; he didn't appear to have suffered any loss of confidence from that fall and ran well enough but was below his best and it was a shade disappointing that he couldn't give the winner more to think about. Lyreen Legend kept on steadily to reverse RSA Chase form with Lord Windermere on his reappearance; still only six years of age, he looks a thorough stayer and may have preferred more testing ground. He could be on an interesting mark if switched to handicap company but there's no reason why he shouldn't take his chance in the Hennessy. This was a slightly more encouraging run from Lord Windermere who was given a good sight of his fences; he couldn't make any impression in the straight but has time on his side to recapture his smart novice form. Foildubh is a grand and versatile servant to his connections and ran his usual game race but this looked all too much too soon for Unioniste. He came into this after winning a race that had fallen into his lap at Aintree and couldn't cope with this step up in class. His very sound jumping is his strength but all he does is gallop and he didn't have the pace to keep tabs on his rivals; he is the youngest in the field and could yet become a Grade One winner on these shores in years to come as he appeals as being in a similar mould to The Listener who won this race in 2006.