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Sunday 23 February 2020

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Paddy Power Road To Cheltenham Novice Handicap Chase (Grade B)

2m 4f  |   Heavy (Soft in places)  |   16 Runners  |   Turf

Weighed In

Off time: 14:43  |   Winning time: 5m 43.2s

1st
12
8/1
T: Padraig RocheJ: M P Walsh
Mid-division early, 9th at 4th, mistake 6th, slight mistake 3 out, headway behind horses straight and switched about, led run-in and stayed on best to assert closing stages op 7/1
2nd
3 ½
16
13/2
T: D HickeyJ: S F O'Keeffe (5)
Mid-division early, 10th at 4th, progress when slightly impeded 8th, switched right approaching 2 out, challenged and on terms last, headed run-in, one pace op 7/1
3rd
4
5
711-5
8/1
T: N MeadeJ: E Walsh (7)
Mid-division early, 7th at 4th, improved and on terms 2 out, soon gained narrow lead, joined last, headed run-in, one pace op 7/1
4th
sh
6
9/1
T: J P O'BrienJ: O R Brown (7)
Disputed lead, led 3rd, joined approaching 7th, soon led again, joined 2 out, soon headed, one pace run-in
5th
2 ½
2
20/1
T: Noel O'NeillJ: P T Enright
Close up, on terms approaching 7th, soon headed, effort straight, slight mistake last, one pace after op 25/1
6th
2
8
16/1
T: G ElliottJ: D N Russell
Soon chased leaders, 4th at 4th, closed up and effort straight, slight mistake last, one pace after
7th
15
13
33/1
T: E J O'GradyJ: D E Mullins
Mid-division early, not always fluent jumping, 11th at 4th, slightly impeded 8th, soon headway, no impression and mistake last, no extra after
8th
¾
15
20/1
T: Ross O'SullivanJ: L P Dempsey
Disputed lead early, tracked leaders, 6th at 4th, effort straight, no extra last tchd 22/1
9th
1
3
711-6
13/2
T: H De BromheadJ: Rachael Blackmore
Waited with, 13th at 4th, not fluent 8th, no impression from before 2 out tchd 7/1
10th
¾
10
25/1
T: A SlatteryJ: C A Landers (5)
Waited with, 15th at 4th, some headway and slightly impeded 8th, no impression from before 2 out
11th
51
4
11/2f
T: Ross O'SullivanJ: R M Power
Towards rear early, 12th at 4th, no impression before 2 out, weakened, tailed off op 6/1

Also Ran

F
1
7/1
T: O McKiernanJ: B Browne (5)
Mid-division early, 8th at 4th, fell 8th tchd 13/2
PU
7
25/1
T: G ElliottJ: D F O'Regan
Waited with, 14th at 4th, soon pushed along briefly between horses, slightly slow at 6th, soon pushed along again, impeded 8th, soon no impression, pulled up before 2 out
PU
9
10/1
T: T MullinsJ: D J Mullins
In rear, impeded 8th, no impression straight, pulled up before last tchd 11/1
PU
11
20/1
T: H De BromheadJ: H Morgan (7)
Close up and disputed lead briefly early, slight mistake 2nd, ridden and quickly lost place from 4th, pulled up next
F
14
25/1
T: M WintersJ: S D Torrens (7)
Soon tracked leaders, 5th at 4th, close up on outer when fell 8th

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Betting

Forecast

An Fraoch Mor (11/2), Countess Cathleen (13/2), Mormon (13/2), Best Behavior (7/1), Castle Oliver (8/1), Valdieu (8/1), Star Max (9/1), Chavi Artist (10/1), From Eden (16/1), Ministerforsport (20/1), Theatre World (20/1), Mount Hanover (20/1), Cooldine Bog (25/1), Monkshood (25/1), Bitsandpieces (25/1), Great Khan (33/1)

Verdict
CASTLE OLIVER was a little bit of a reluctant chaser in the early days but has gone from strength to strength now he has the hang of things and looks to have a decent opportunity of winning again. The six-year-old is in line to secure a hat-trick and will not be inconvenienced by any more of the expected rainfall. Mormon needs to improve his jumping but has been showing fair form of late and if he can iron out some mistakes then he could run a big race. Countess Cathleen won last time out and scrapes into the handicap as a consequence. She will surely enjoy this step up in trip and is one to consider in a competitive race where many have chances.
  1. Castle Oliver
  2. Countess Cathleen
  3. Mormon

Previous Winners

2019
Poker Party
Weight: 11-4  |Age: 7
Weight: 11-4  |  
Age: 7  |  
J: Rachael Blackmore
  |  
T: H De Bromhead
11/2
Prize Money
1st:
€30,000.00
2nd:
€10,000.00
3rd:
€5,000.00
4th:
€2,500.00
5th:
€1,500.00
6th:
€999.00

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