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    McHale Mayo National Handicap Chase (Grade B)

  • 4YO plus  |   2m 7f  |   Soft to Heavy  |   13 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 19:46  |   Winning time: 6m 16.5s
1st
Horse silk
13
12/1
T: T GibneyJ: P T Enright
Mid-division, 6th halfway, headway into 3rd 3 out, ridden after next and challenged at last, under pressure and led 100 yards out, kept on well op 11/1 tchd 10/1
2nd
Horse silk
1 ¼
14
10/1
T: L P CusackJ: C J Orr (3)
Held up towards rear, some headway when slight mistake 4 out, 5th 3 out, headway to lead before next, strongly pressed last, ridden and headed run-in, no impression on winner closing stages op 14/1
3rd
Horse silk
2 ¾
3
12/1
T: D QueallyJ: S Fitzgerald (7)
Tracked leader in 2nd and clear of remainder from 3rd, led 5 out, pushed along and headed approaching 2 out, close 4th when slight mistake last, no impression run-in, kept on one pace
4th
Horse silk
¾
9
14/1
T: J P RyanJ: D E Mullins
Chased leaders, 5th halfway, headway 3 out and soon pushed along, 2nd and ridden after 2 out, no extra run-in op 12/1
5th
Horse silk
25
6
711-3
5/2f
T: H De BromheadJ: Rachael Blackmore
Mid-division, headway into 3rd approaching 5 out, 2nd 3 out and soon pushed along, 5th and no impression next, no extra when mistake last op 11/4
6th
Horse silk
7
2
7/2
T: E BolgerJ: M P O'Connor (7)
Led and clear with one rival from 3rd, slight mistake 6th, headed 5 out, no extra after 3 out, soon weakened op 4/1

Also Ran

PU
Horse silk
1
33/1
T: Mrs D FosterJ: J C Gainford (7)
Soon towards rear, never a factor, no impression approaching 5 out, soon no extra, well behind when pulled up before 2 out op 28/1
PU
Horse silk
4
16/1
T: J J ManganJ: Mr D O'Connor
Chased leaders, 4th halfway, pushed along and no impression in 8th after 4 out, soon no extra, behind and pulled up before 2 out tchd 18/1
PU
Horse silk
5
16/1
T: P NolanJ: M P Walsh
Always towards rear, never a factor, reminders and no impression approaching 5 out, soon no extra and pulled up before 4 out
PU
Horse silk
8
1110-13
40/1
T: E BolgerJ: D J O'Keeffe
Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, mistake 10th, pushed along and no extra after 4 out, weakened, behind and pulled up before 2 out op 50/1
PU
Horse silk
10
1010-12
25/1
T: Mrs D FosterJ: B J Cooper
Rear of mid-division, never a factor, towards rear 9th, pushed along and no impression after 4 out, no extra, behind and pulled up before 2 out op 28/1
UR
Horse silk
11
11/2
T: M ButlerJ: J J Slevin
Towards rear, mistake and unseated rider 6th op 9/2 tchd 6/1
PU
Horse silk
15
20/1
T: J A KinsellaJ: A W Short
Mid-division, dropped towards rear approaching 5 out, soon pushed along and no extra, behind and pulled up before 2 out op 18/1

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Non-Runners

7
Horse silk
Contingency25
Weight: 11-2|  Age: 8
T: W P Mullins  J: D E Mullins
NR
12
Horse silk
Konitho184
Weight: 10-7|  Age: 6
T: J P O'Brien  J: J S McGarvey
NR

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:€12.90Pl:€3.70, €3.30, €2.90EX:€133.90Trifecta:€0.00Tricast:€1,494.06SF:€123.85

Forecasts

Popong (5/2), Shady Operator (7/2), Optical Confusion (11/2), The Dabbler (10/1), Konitho (10/1), Agent Boru (12/1), Western Victory (12/1), Contingency (12/1), Dromore Lad (14/1), Fitzhenry (16/1), Castlebrook (16/1), Definite Soldier (20/1), Dounikos (25/1), Alpha Des Obeaux (33/1), Auvergnat (40/1)

Verdict

A deserved success awaits POPONG, who may well have won had she remained on all fours at Leopardstown on Boxing Day (going well when falling at the last) and she encountered traffic problems at a crucial stage when third at the Punchestown Festival. Shady Operator, who produced much his best effort to date at Killarney 15 days ago, and hat-trick seeker Optical Confusion rate the main dangers.

  1. POPONG (IRE)
  2. SHADY OPERATOR (IRE)
  3. OPTICAL CONFUSION (IRE)

Previous Winners

2020
Doctor Duffy
Weight: 11-3  |Age: 7
6/1

Prize Money

1st: €24,000.002nd: €8,000.003rd: €4,000.004th: €2,000.005th: €1,200.006th: €800.00

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