16:40 Leopardstown

Sunday 1 March 2020

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    TRI Equestrian Handicap Chase (Grade B)

  • 5YO plus  |   2m 5f 60y  |   Yielding to Soft  |   8 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 16:42  |   Winning time: 5m 39.3s
1st
Horse silk
11
7/1
T: G ElliottJ: G Brouder (7)
Tracked leaders on inner, improved to lead bypassing usual 2 out, ridden and joined entering straight, led approaching last, stayed on well under pressure inside final furlong op 6/1 tchd 8/1
2nd
Horse silk
2 ¾
8
7/1
T: T MullinsJ: S D Torrens (7)
Tracked leaders, pushed along in 4th entering straight, ridden in 3rd at last, went 2nd after last, kept on well under pressure inside final furlong, not reach winner op 8/1
3rd
Horse silk
9
2
13/8f
T: H De BromheadJ: Rachael Blackmore
Rear of mid-division early, mid-division at 6th, ridden in 6th entering straight, 4th at last, kept on without threatening to go 3rd close home op 6/4 tchd 5/4
4th
Horse silk
hd
3
810-13
11/2
T: J P O'BrienJ: O R Brown (7)
Towards rear, slight mistake 6th, headway 4 out, 3rd 2 out (usual 3 out), improved to dispute lead entering straight, ridden and headed approaching last, no extra run-in op 9/2 tchd 6/1
5th
Horse silk
9
10
10/1
T: G ElliottJ: L P Dempsey
Mid-division, dropped to rear of mid-division and mistake at 4th, niggled along at 9th, ridden in 7th 2 out (usual 3 out), no impression in 5th when mistake at last op 8/1
6th
Horse silk
11
4
5/1
T: Mrs J HarringtonJ: P D Kennedy
Led, joined 3rd, led and mistake 5th, mistake 3 out, ridden bypassing usual 2 out, headed entering straight, weakened op 7/1

Also Ran

PU
Horse silk
5
12/1
T: T MullinsJ: N P Madden
Always behind, trailing and pushed along 3rd, no impression from 4 out, pulled up after 2 out op 14/1
PU
Horse silk
9
25/1
T: P J RothwellJ: D J O'Keeffe
Prominent, disputed lead 3rd to 5th, mistake 6th, slight mistake 8th and pushed along, weakened from 3 out (usual 4 out), pulled up after 2 out

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Non-Runners

1
Horse silk
Anibale Fly28
Weight: 11-10|  Age: 10
T: A J Martin  J: B J Geraghty
NR
7
Horse silk
Woods Well64
Weight: 9-11|  Age: 9
T: G Elliott  J: C P McNamara
NR
6
Horse silk
Tikkanen Express10
Weight: 10-0|  Age: 9
T: J Dullea  J: P T Enright
NR

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:€8.10Pl:€2.80, €2.50, €1.02EX:€48.60Trifecta:€141.50Tricast:€117.46SF:€54.62

Forecasts

Poker Party (13/8), Anibale Fly (9/2), Moonshine Bay (5/1), Mortal (11/2), Gun Digger (7/1), Scoir Mear (7/1), Tikkanen Express (7/1), From Eden (10/1), Spider Web (12/1), Woods Well (14/1), Call The Taxie (25/1)

Verdict

Anibale Fly is the class act here and if Tony Martin's charge can find anything like the form shown in chasing home Al Boum Photo in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last spring, top-weight won't stop him. He has though produced three poor runs in top company this season and has his risks. POKER PARTY on the other hand backed up a Kerry National win when coming from a long way back to be fourth over 3m here at Christmas. He's effective over this trip and looks the one to beat. Tikkanen Express is a big danger while From Eden could prove best of the trio running for Gordon Elliott, winner last year with Woods Well.
  1. Poker Party
  2. Tikkanen Express
  3. Anibale Fly

Previous Winners

2019
Woods Well
Weight: 11-2  |Age: 8
14/1

Prize Money

1st: €30,000.002nd: €10,000.003rd: €5,000.004th: €2,500.005th: €1,500.006th: €999.00

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