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14:50 Cheltenham 14 Mar 2019

Ryanair Chase

Grade 1 | Registered As The Festival Trophy | Class 1 | 5YO plus

Winner £196,945 - 12 run

2m 4f 127y

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Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1
34/5-116
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Aso (FR) 26

bay g Goldneyev - Odyssee Du Cellier (Dear Doctor)

Cheltenham Festival: 3 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
CF has previously placed at the Cheltenham Festival
CF
Course and Distance: 4 runs, 1 win, 2 places, 25%
CD has previously won at this course and distance

Course: 7 runs, 1 win, 3 places, 14.29%
C has previously won at this course

Distance: 7 runs, 3 wins, 2 places, 42.86%
D has previously won at this distance
CD
Similar Going: 25 runs, 7 wins, 7 places, 28%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 14 runs, 2 wins, 3 places, 14.29%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
9 11-10
162

High-class chaser who has improved again this term, including landing Grade 3 C&D handicap on New Year's Day. Found out back at Grade 1 level at Ascot since but he was third in this 12 months ago.

Has won three hurdle races, a NH flat race and five chases from 1m 4f to 2m 5f on ground varying from good to soft to heavy. Well beaten at 12-1 when last of 6 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 Betfair Ascot Chase at Ascot over 2m 5f (good to soft) last month. Has won at Cheltenham and Newbury this season.

High-class chaser who has improved again this term, including landing Grade 3 C&D handicap on New Year's Day. Found out back at Grade 1 level at Ascot since but he was third in this 12 months ago.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 27 8 8 29.6%
Chase 19 5 5 26.3%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 4 1 2 25%
C Course 7 1 3 14.3%
D Distance 7 3 2 42.9%
G Similar Going 25 7 7 28%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 24 8 7 33.3%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 14 2 3 14.3%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Charlie Deutsch 11 3 3 27.3%
T Miss V Williams 26 8 7 30.8%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
2
214-439
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Balko Des Flos (FR) 76

ch g Balko - Royale Marie (Garde Royale)

Cheltenham Festival: 3 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 33.33%
CF has previously won at the Cheltenham Festival
CF
Course and Distance: 1 run, 1 win, 0 places, 100%
CD has a 50% or better record at this course and distance

Course: 3 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 33.33%
C has previously won at this course

Distance: 5 runs, 2 wins, 1 place, 40%
D has previously won at this distance
CD
Similar Going: 22 runs, 6 wins, 5 places, 27.27%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 13 runs, 1 win, 3 places, 7.69%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
8 11-10
164

Saw off Un de Sceaux when winning this last year but unable to find the same form this season. Off since well held at Leopardstown over Christmas and the break needs to have done him some good.

Winner of a hurdle race, two NH flat races and three chases from 2m to 2m 6f on good and soft ground. Well beaten at 8-1 behind Kemboy when 9th of 11 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 Savills Chase at Leopardstown over 3m (good) in December last year.

Saw off Un de Sceaux when winning this last year but unable to find the same form this season. Off since well held at Leopardstown over Christmas and the break needs to have done him some good.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 20 4 5 20%
Chase 15 3 5 20%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 1 1 0 100%
C Course 3 1 0 33.3%
D Distance 5 2 1 40%
G Similar Going 22 6 5 27.3%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 22 6 5 27.3%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 13 1 3 7.7%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J D F O'Regan 1 0 1 0%
T H de Bromhead 15 3 5 20%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
3
312135
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Charbel (IRE) 26

b g Iffraaj - Eoz (Sadler's Wells)

Distance: 2 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
D has previously placed at this distance
D
Similar Going: 22 runs, 7 wins, 3 places, 31.82%
G has previously won on similar going
G
This horse has had no previous runs wearing a tongue strap and cheek pieces

Tongue Strap: 7 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 14.29%
HG has previously won wearing a tongue strap

Cheek Pieces: 5 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 20%
HG has previously won wearing cheek pieces
HG
Class: 15 runs, 2 wins, 2 places, 13.33%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
8 11-10 t p
159

Doubled tally for season in Peterborough Chase in December, but latest Ascot Chase fifth shows he's vulnerable at the very highest level. Hood/tongue tie combined. Likely to find a few too strong.

Winner of two hurdle races, two NH flat races and three chases from 2m to 2m 4f on ground varying from good to heavy. Well beaten at 25-1 when fifth of 6 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 Betfair Ascot Chase at Ascot over 2m 5f (good to soft) last month. Has won at Huntingdon and Chepstow this season.

Doubled tally for season in Peterborough Chase in December, but latest Ascot Chase fifth shows he's vulnerable at the very highest level. Hood/tongue tie combined. Likely to find a few too strong.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 19 5 3 26.3%
Chase 12 3 1 25%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 3 0 0 0%
D Distance 2 0 1 0%
G Similar Going 22 7 3 31.8%
Headgear
Today (T & P) 0 0 0 -
HG Cheek Pieces 5 1 0 20%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 15 2 2 13.3%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J David Bass 16 4 3 25%
T K C Bailey 19 5 3 26.3%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
4
2/1PP-37
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Coney Island (IRE) 76

b g Flemensfirth - Millys Gesture (Milan)

Distance: 2 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 50%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
D
Similar Going: 13 runs, 4 wins, 5 places, 30.77%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 8 runs, 1 win, 2 places, 12.5%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
8 11-10 t1
158

Grade 1 winner in novice chase campaign but none of his recent efforts suggest he can play a leading role here, beaten 15 lengths when seventh in Savills at Leopardstown latest. Tongue tie added.

He has won two hurdle races and two chases from 2m to 3m on ground varying from good to soft to heavy. Beaten 16l behind Kemboy at 14-1 when seventh of 11 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 Savills Chase at Leopardstown over 3m (good) in December last year.

Grade 1 winner in novice chase campaign but none of his recent efforts suggest he can play a leading role here, beaten 15 lengths when seventh in Savills at Leopardstown latest. Tongue tie added.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 14 4 5 28.6%
Chase 7 2 2 28.6%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 2 1 0 50%
G Similar Going 13 4 5 30.8%
Headgear
Today (T only) 0 0 0 -
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 8 1 2 12.5%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J M P Walsh 6 2 1 33.3%
T E P Harty 14 4 5 28.6%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
5
1111-F2
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Footpad (FR) 77

b g Creachadoir - Willamina (Sadler's Wells)

Cheltenham Festival: 3 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 33.33%
CF has previously won at the Cheltenham Festival
CF
Course: 3 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 33.33%
C has previously won at this course
C
Similar Going: 18 runs, 8 wins, 4 places, 44.44%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 16 runs, 7 wins, 4 places, 43.75%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
Was beaten favourite last time out
BF
7 11-10
165

Most impressive in last year's Arkle. Held when falling last on Naas return but looked back to somewhere near best when worn down late on at Leopardstown over Christmas. Up in trip. Leading claims.

Has won five hurdle races and five chases from 2m to 2m 3f on ground varying from soft to soft - heavy. Beaten 1/2l by Simply Ned when second of 7 at evens fav on his latest outing in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 Paddy's Rewards Club 'Sugar Paddy' Chase at Leopardstown over 2m 1f (good) in December last year.

Most impressive in last year's Arkle. Held when falling last on Naas return but looked back to somewhere near best when worn down late on at Leopardstown over Christmas. Up in trip. Leading claims.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 22 10 6 45.5%
Chase 7 5 1 71.4%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
C Course 3 1 1 33.3%
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 18 8 4 44.4%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 20 9 5 45%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 16 7 4 43.8%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J R Walsh 9 4 2 44.4%
T W P Mullins 20 10 5 50%
BF Was beaten favourite last time out
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
6
50-1211
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Frodon (FR) 47

b g Nickname - Miss Country (Country Reel)

Course and Distance: 5 runs, 3 wins, 0 places, 60%
CD has a 50% or better record at this course and distance

Course: 10 runs, 4 wins, 2 places, 40%
C has previously won at this course

Distance: 9 runs, 4 wins, 1 place, 44.44%
D has previously won at this distance
CD
Similar Going: 25 runs, 10 wins, 3 places, 40%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Tongue Strap: 12 runs, 4 wins, 3 places, 33.33%
HG has previously won wearing a tongue strap
HG
Class: 18 runs, 7 wins, 3 places, 38.89%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
7 11-10 t
169

Tough and genuine sort who keeps on getting better, landing Caviar Gold Cup over C&D before taking step up to 25f in his stride in Grade 2 Cotswold Chase in January. Superb jumper.

Has won two hurdle races and ten chases from 1m 7f to 3m 1f on ground varying from good to heavy. A winner at 9-4 in a Grade 2 chase here over 3m 1f (good to soft) on his latest outing in January, beating Elegant Escape by 3/4l. Has won 3 times this season.

Tough and genuine sort who keeps on getting better, landing Caviar Gold Cup over C&D before taking step up to 25f in his stride in Grade 2 Cotswold Chase in January. Superb jumper.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 30 12 4 40%
Chase 22 10 3 45.5%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 5 3 0 60%
C Course 10 4 2 40%
D Distance 9 4 1 44.4%
G Similar Going 25 10 3 40%
Headgear
HG Today (T only) 12 4 3 33.3%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 18 7 3 38.9%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Bryony Frost 8 4 2 50%
T P F Nicholls 25 11 4 44%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
7
12F-321
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Monalee (IRE) 26

b g Milan - Tempest Belle (Glacial Storm)

Cheltenham Festival: 2 runs, 0 wins, 2 places, 0%
CF has previously placed at the Cheltenham Festival
CF
Course: 2 runs, 0 wins, 2 places, 0%
C has previously placed at this course
C
Distance: 1 run, 1 win, 0 places, 100%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
D
Similar Going: 15 runs, 5 wins, 6 places, 33.33%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 12 runs, 3 wins, 5 places, 25%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
8 11-10
163

Second in RSA at this meeting last year and has continued to get better, second to Kemboy in Grade 1 Savills at Leopardstown over Christmas before making all in 2½m Gowran Grade 2. Respected.

Winner of two hurdle races, three chases and a point-to-point from 2m 4f to 3m on ground varying from soft to soft - heavy. Won on his latest outing in a Grade 2 chase when evens fav in the Group 2 Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park over 2m 4f (yielding - soft) last month, beating Anibale Fly by 2l.

Second in RSA at this meeting last year and has continued to get better, second to Kemboy in Grade 1 Savills at Leopardstown over Christmas before making all in 2½m Gowran Grade 2. Respected.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 13 5 4 38.5%
Chase 8 3 2 37.5%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
C Course 2 0 2 0%
D Distance 1 1 0 100%
G Similar Going 15 5 6 33.3%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 16 6 6 37.5%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 12 3 5 25%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Rachael Blackmore 1 1 0 100%
T H de Bromhead 15 5 6 33.3%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
8
143-132
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Road To Respect (IRE) 39

ch g Gamut - Lora Lady (Lord Americo)

Cheltenham Festival: 2 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 50%
CF has a 50% or better record at the Cheltenham Festival
CF
Course and Distance: 1 run, 1 win, 0 places, 100%
CD has a 50% or better record at this course and distance

Course: 2 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 50%
C has a 50% or better record at this course

Distance: 1 run, 1 win, 0 places, 100%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
CD
Similar Going: 19 runs, 6 wins, 5 places, 31.58%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 14 runs, 5 wins, 4 places, 35.71%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
Was beaten favourite last time out
BF
8 11-10
169

Top-class chaser who won at this meeting in 2017. Impressive winning return at Down Royal (3m) in November and probably even bettered that when edged out by Bellshill in Irish Gold Cup latest.

Has won a hurdle race, six chases and a point-to-point from 2m 3f to 3m 1f on ground varying from good to yielding - soft. Beaten a short head by Bellshill when second of 4 at 5-6fav on his latest outing in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 Unibet Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown over 3m (good) last month.

Top-class chaser who won at this meeting in 2017. Impressive winning return at Down Royal (3m) in November and probably even bettered that when edged out by Bellshill in Irish Gold Cup latest.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 22 7 7 31.8%
Chase 15 6 4 40%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 1 1 0 100%
C Course 2 1 0 50%
D Distance 1 1 0 100%
G Similar Going 19 6 5 31.6%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 17 6 5 35.3%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 14 5 4 35.7%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J S W Flanagan 12 4 3 33.3%
T N Meade 15 6 4 40%
BF Was beaten favourite last time out
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
9
511572
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Sub Lieutenant (IRE) 53

b g Brian Boru - Satellite Dancer (Satco)

Cheltenham Festival: 2 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
CF has previously placed at the Cheltenham Festival
CF
Course and Distance: 2 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
CD has previously placed at this course and distance

Course: 2 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
C has previously placed at this course

Distance: 4 runs, 0 wins, 2 places, 0%
D has previously placed at this distance
CD
Similar Going: 32 runs, 6 wins, 8 places, 18.75%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Current Headgear: 3 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
HG has previously placed wearing a tongue strap and cheek pieces

Tongue Strap: 23 runs, 5 wins, 5 places, 21.74%
HG has previously won wearing a tongue strap

Cheek Pieces: 8 runs, 1 win, 2 places, 12.5%
HG has previously won wearing cheek pieces
HG
Class: 26 runs, 4 wins, 6 places, 15.38%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
10 11-10 t p
157

Runner-up in this in 2017 but not quite same force nowadays, for all he won a Punchestown Grade 3 in October. Back to that level when narrowly denied in Thurles Grade 2 last time.

Has won two hurdle races, a NH flat race and five chases from 2m to 3m 1f on ground varying from good to yielding - soft. Beaten a short head by Tout Est Permis when second of 7 at 6-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 2 chase in the Group 2 Horse Tout Est Permis Jockey Hotel Chase at Thurles over 2m 4f (good) in January.

Runner-up in this in 2017 but not quite same force nowadays, for all he won a Punchestown Grade 3 in October. Back to that level when narrowly denied in Thurles Grade 2 last time.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 32 7 8 21.9%
Chase 26 5 7 19.2%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 2 0 1 0%
C Course 2 0 1 0%
D Distance 4 0 2 0%
G Similar Going 32 6 8 18.8%
Headgear
HG Today (T & P) 3 0 1 0%
HG Cheek Pieces 8 1 2 12.5%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 26 4 6 15.4%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J J J Slevin 0 0 0 -
T H de Bromhead 18 4 4 22.2%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
10
121-432
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Terrefort (FR) 26

gr g Martaline - Vie De Reine (Mansonnien)

Cheltenham Festival: 1 run, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
CF has previously placed at the Cheltenham Festival
CF
Course: 2 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
C has previously placed at this course
C
Similar Going: 12 runs, 3 wins, 3 places, 25%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 7 runs, 2 wins, 2 places, 28.57%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
Was beaten favourite last time out
BF
6 11-10
159

Winner of 2 Grade 1 novice chases last term, but has found it harder in his second season, proving no match for Clan Des Obeaux in Denman at Ascot last month. Likely to come up short.

Winner of a hurdle race and four chases from 2m 2f to 3m 1f on soft ground. Beaten 11l by Clan Des Obeaux when second of 4 at 5-2 on his latest outing in a Grade 2 chase in the Group 2 Betfair Denman Chase at Ascot over 3m (good to soft) last month.

Winner of 2 Grade 1 novice chases last term, but has found it harder in his second season, proving no match for Clan Des Obeaux in Denman at Ascot last month. Likely to come up short.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 15 4 4 26.7%
Chase 12 4 3 33.3%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
C Course 2 0 1 0%
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 12 3 3 25%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 16 5 4 31.3%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 7 2 2 28.6%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J D A Jacob 6 3 1 50%
T N J Henderson 7 3 1 42.9%
BF Was beaten favourite last time out
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
11
51-5463
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The Storyteller (IRE) 39

ch g Shantou - Bally Bolshoi (Bob Back)

Cheltenham Festival: 1 run, 1 win, 0 places, 100%
CF has a 50% or better record at the Cheltenham Festival
CF
Course and Distance: 1 run, 1 win, 0 places, 100%
CD has a 50% or better record at this course and distance

Course: 1 run, 1 win, 0 places, 100%
C has a 50% or better record at this course

Distance: 3 runs, 2 wins, 0 places, 66.67%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
CD
Similar Going: 19 runs, 6 wins, 4 places, 31.58%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 9 runs, 2 wins, 0 places, 22.22%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
8 11-10
161

Brown Advisory winner last year. Did win at Grade 1 level at Punchestown last spring but he was very fortunate to do so (held in third when left clear last). Creditable efforts in defeat this term.

Winner of two hurdle races, a NH flat race and three chases from 2m 2f to 3m on ground varying from good to yielding - soft. Third of 4 behind Bellshill beaten 8l at 8-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 Unibet Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown over 3m (good) last month.

Brown Advisory winner last year. Did win at Grade 1 level at Punchestown last spring but he was very fortunate to do so (held in third when left clear last). Creditable efforts in defeat this term.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 16 5 3 31.3%
Chase 10 3 0 30%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 1 1 0 100%
C Course 1 1 0 100%
D Distance 3 2 0 66.7%
G Similar Going 19 6 4 31.6%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 19 6 4 31.6%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 9 2 0 22.2%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J D N Russell 8 2 0 25%
T G Elliott 19 6 4 31.6%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
12
11211-2
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Un De Sceaux (FR) 96

b g Denham Red - Hotesse De Sceaux (April Night)

Cheltenham Festival: 4 runs, 2 wins, 2 places, 50%
CF has a 50% or better record at the Cheltenham Festival
CF
Course and Distance: 2 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 50%
CD has a 50% or better record at this course and distance

Course: 5 runs, 3 wins, 2 places, 60%
C has a 50% or better record at this course

Distance: 3 runs, 2 wins, 1 place, 66.67%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
CD
Similar Going: 21 runs, 14 wins, 4 places, 66.67%
G has a 50% or better record on similar going
G
Class: 20 runs, 14 wins, 4 places, 70%
Cl has a 50% or better record in this class
Cl
11 11-10
168

First and second in the last 2 renewals of this race. 11 now but showed he's still capable of top-class form when chasing home Altior in Tinge Creek on return. Should give his usual good account.

Has won eight hurdle races, two NH flat races and 12 chases from 1m 4f to 2m 5f on ground varying from good to soft - heavy. Beaten 4l by Altior when second of 4 at 7-2 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown over 1m 7f (soft) in December last year.

First and second in the last 2 renewals of this race. 11 now but showed he's still capable of top-class form when chasing home Altior in Tinge Creek on return. Should give his usual good account.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 27 19 4 70.4%
Chase 19 12 4 63.2%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 2 1 1 50%
C Course 5 3 2 60%
D Distance 3 2 1 66.7%
G Similar Going 21 14 4 66.7%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 27 19 4 70.4%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 20 14 4 70%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J P Townend 4 2 2 50%
T W P Mullins 27 19 4 70.4%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record

At The Races Verdict

Willie Mullins has a strong hand here with 2017 winner Un De Sceaux, who will benefit from the rain that fell earlier in the week, and last season's Arkle scorer Footpad. Things haven't gone to plan for the seven-year-old following that emphatic victory 12 months ago, but the vibes have been positive recently and stretching out in distance shouldn't pose him any problems. Last year's Gold Cup fourth Road To Respect hasn't done much wrong in three starts over 3m this season and must enter calculation cutting back in trip, but it might pay to side with MONALEE. Like with the last-named, connections have decided to come here rather than have a crack at the Blue Riband on Friday and their decision could be rewarded by this wonderfully consistent son of Milan, who has placed at the last couple of Festivals. He's had a lovely prep, comfortably winning the Red Mills at Gowran last time, and everything looks in place for him to run another huge race.

Timeform Verdict

Last year's outstanding novice FOOTPAD has had a stuttering campaign but he did go through the vast majority of his Leopardstown race over Christmas like the horse of last season and he's taken to bounce back to his best. His admirable stablemate Un de Sceaux is 11 now but he's still capable of a very high level of form and is narrowly preferred to Frodon for the forecast spot.

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Previous winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2018 Soft 6 Balko Des Flos 7 11 10 - F3-1232 77 days H De Bromhead (110 miles) D N Russell 8/ 1 5:23.30
2017 Good 8 Un De Sceaux 9 11 10 - 22-1611 47 days W P Mullins (0 miles) R Walsh 7/ 4 5:09.60
2016 Good 15 Vautour 7 11 10 - 1211-12 82 days W P Mullins (0 miles) R Walsh EVENS 5:05.30
2015 Good 14 Uxizandre 7 11 10 - 21-418U 33 days A King (44 miles) A P McCoy 16/ 1 5:01.20
2014 Good 11 Dynaste 8 11 10 - 1121-25 77 days D Pipe (100 miles) T Scudamore 3/ 1 5:09.40
2013 Good to Soft 8 Cue Card 7 11 10 - 212-151 26 days C Tizzard (83 miles) J Tizzard 7/ 2 5:19.10
2012 Good 12 Riverside Theatre 8 11 10 - 5F121-1 26 days N Henderson (51 miles) B J Geraghty 7/ 2 5:09.60
2011 Good 11 Albertas Run 10 11 10 - 211-4FP 61 days Jonjo O'Neill (1 miles) A P McCoy 6/ 1 5:07.20
2010 Good to Soft 13 Albertas Run 9 11 10 - 3-P1362 26 days Jonjo O'Neill (1 miles) A P McCoy 14/ 1 5:11.50
2009 Good to Soft 10 Imperial Commander 8 11 10 - 3114-16 76 days N Twiston-Davies (1 miles) P Brennan 6/ 1 5:18.34

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