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Thursday 26 December 2019

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    Bluegrass Hunters Chase

  • 5YO plus  |   2m 6f  |   Soft to Heavy  |   16 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:47  |   Winning time: 6m 9.1s
1st
Horse silk
8
912-0
25/1
T: D M ChristieJ: J C Gainford (7)
Mid-division, progress in 7th entering straight, ridden in 6th before 2 out, stayed on into 2nd before last, challenged last, soon led, kept on well run-in
2nd
Horse silk
1
3
11/1
T: W P MullinsJ: Mr N McParlan (5)
Mid-division, 9th halfway, progress in 6th 4 out, 4th entering straight, pressed leaders 3 out, ridden to lead before 2 out, drifted left under pressure before last, pressed last, soon headed, kept on same pace run-in tchd 10/1 and 12/1
3rd
Horse silk
3 ½
9
1012-0
3/1j
T: J P O'BrienJ: Mr D O'Connor
Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, close 3rd and pressed leaders 3 out, soon ridden, attempted to challenge between horses and squeezed up before 2 out, soon stumbled, under pressure in 5th before last, 3rd after last, kept on same pace closing stages op 4/1
4th
Horse silk
1
14
25/1
T: A McNamaraJ: Mr J J O'Neill (7)
Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden before 3 out, under pressure behind leaders before 2 out, disputed 3rd last and slight mistake, kept on same pace op 28/1
5th
Horse silk
9
6
20/1
T: S R B CrawfordJ: Mr B G Crawford (7)
Prominent on outer, 3rd halfway, challenged 3 out, soon disputed, ridden and headed before 2 out, no extra in 6th last, kept on one pace
6th
Horse silk
1 ½
4
7/2
T: W P MullinsJ: Mr D G Lavery (3)
Led, ridden and joined after 3 out, headed before 2 out, no extra from last op 6/1
7th
Horse silk
8
10
9/1
T: E M O'SullivanJ: Miss M O'Sullivan (7)
Held up, towards rear halfway, ridden and no impression before straight, moderate 8th 2 out, kept on one pace
8th
Horse silk
13
2
10/1
T: V HalleyJ: Mr J C Barry (5)
Chased leaders, mistake 1st, 7th halfway, 5th and hampered before 5 out, ridden before 3 out, no extra before 2 out op 8/1
9th
Horse silk
4 ½
17
50/1
T: J WoodsJ: Reserve 1
Towards rear for most, ridden and no impression before straight
10th
Horse silk
6
1
33/1
T: T E HydeJ: Mr T D Hyde (7)
Towards rear, ridden in moderate 11th before straight, soon no impression
11th
Horse silk
1
11
1012-0
33/1
T: D M ChristieJ: Mr L J Murphy (7)
Mid-division best, jumped right 5 out, ridden and no extra entering straight op 50/1
12th
Horse silk
24
16
25/1
T: A A HowardJ: Miss A B O'Connor (5)
Mid-division, ridden in 9th entering straight, soon no extra, weakened before 2 out
13th
Horse silk
5 ½
15
33/1
T: J T R DreaperJ: Mr P C Bannon (7)
Always towards rear, slightly hampered 5 out, slight mistake next, soon ridden and no impression, weakened before 2 out

Also Ran

UR
Horse silk
5
3/1j
T: Pierce PowerJ: Mr R James (7)
Chased leaders, 6th halfway, mistake and unseated rider 8th op 9/4
PU
Horse silk
7
50/1
T: S R B CrawfordJ: Mr I P Donoghue (7)
Always towards rear, ridden and no extra before straight, pulled up before 2 out
PU
Horse silk
13
9/1
T: G ElliottJ: Mr J J Codd
Chased leaders, 4th halfway, bad mistake 8th, slightly hampered before 5 out, ridden and no extra entering straight, soon weakened and pulled up before 2 out op 10/1 tchd 8/1

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Non-Runners

19
Horse silk
Wounded Warrior33
Weight: 12-0|  Age: 10
T: S Curling  J: Reserve 3
NR
18
Horse silk
Call It Magic39
Weight: 12-0|  Age: 9
T: R O'Sullivan  J: Reserve 2
NR
12
Horse silk
Oscar Contender39
Weight: 12-0|  Age: 8
T: D H Kelly  J: Mr J W Hannon
NR

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:€44.40Pl:€7.50, €2.90, €1.90EX:€954.10Trifecta:€0.00SF:€281.99

Forecasts

Edwulf (3/1), Burning Ambition (3/1), Black Hercules (7/2), It Came To Pass (9/1), Ucello Conti (9/1), Arctic Skipper (10/1), Billaway (11/1), Coastal Tiep (20/1), Dylrow (25/1), Val De Ferbet (25/1), Walshestown (25/1), Wounded Warrior (25/1), Call It Magic (25/1), Oscar Contender (25/1), All Hell Let Loose (33/1), Marinero (33/1), Venitien De Mai (33/1), Bridgets Pet (50/1), Cosmic Flight (50/1)

Verdict

BLACK HERCULES is the standout horse in the race and although he has not won since scoring in the 2016 JLT Novices' Chase, he should have the class to prevail here, especially after his run in a point-to-point last month. Edwulf prevailed in the 2018 Irish Gold Cup and will be a huge player at this level, while Burning Ambition has some good form in hunter chases at Aintree and Punchestown so should also run a big race.
  1. Black Hercules
  2. Edwulf
  3. Burning Ambition

Previous Winners

2018
Stand Up And Fight
Weight: 11-7  |Age: 6
11/10

Prize Money

1st: €6,000.002nd: €2,000.003rd: €1,000.004th: €500.005th: €300.006th: €200.00

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