Patrick Ward & Co Solicitors Irish Arkle Novice Chase (Grade 1) 2m 1f 43y

  • (5yo+, 2m 1f 43y, Class 1, 6 runners)
  • Winner €90,000 2nd €30,000 3rd €15,000 4th €7,501 5th €4,501 6th €3,000
  • Going: Yielding
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 18.20s
  • Off time: 14:10:20
Full result
Result 14:10 Leopardstown
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 1 Blue Lord 5/2
2nd 6 Riviere D'etel ½ 2/1f

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR
1 23F3-11
Emerald green, dark green sleeves, dark green cap, emerald green spots Blue Lord (FR) 34
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:P Townend
  • Form: 23F3-11
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-12t
  • OR:
7 166 11-12 t W P Mullins P Townend
2 012136
MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Embittered (IRE) 63
  • T:J P O'Brien
  • J:D Meyler
  • Form: 012136
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-12t
  • OR: 141
8 166 11-12 t J P O'Brien D Meyler 141
3 213112
Royal blue & yellow stripes, yellow cap, royal blue stars Busselton (FR) 49
  • T:J P O'Brien
  • J:J J Slevin
  • Form: 213112
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 137
5 164 11-10 J P O'Brien J J Slevin 137
4 133-1
YELLOW & BLACK CHECK, yellow sleeves, black star on cap Haut En Couleurs (FR) 40
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:B J Cooper
  • Form: 133-1
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR:
5 164 11-10 W P Mullins B J Cooper
5 24225-1
Black & white quartered, scarlet sleeves & cap Saint Sam (FR) 27
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:Rachael Blackmore
  • Form: 24225-1
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR:
5 164 11-10 W P Mullins Rachael Blackmore
6 37-1112
White & emerald green chevrons, red cap Riviere D'etel (FR) 41
  • T:G Elliott
  • J:J W Kennedy
  • Form: 37-1112
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-3h
  • OR: 150
5 157 11-3 h G Elliott J W Kennedy 150

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2021   Energumene (FR)
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:P Townend
7 11-12 W P Mullins P Townend 5/6

In depth

Verdict

RIVIERE D'ETEL's mares' allowance was used to great effect when completing her hat-trick including at Grade 2/3 level where she never looked in any danger. She couldn't quite cope with Ferny Hollow in the Racing Post here on St Stephen's Day and is faced with three from his yard here. Paul Townend chooses Blue Lord, a high-class novice hurdler last season who has sauntered home in both starts over fences though at nowhere near the level of the selection. Rachael Blackmore gets the leg-up on Saint Sam, another smart hurdler, who made all for a convincing chasing debut victory at Fairyhouse. Haut En Couleurs has a very similar profile to the latter having landed the odds in very easy fashion here in December and both enter the 'could be anything' category.

Formwatch

Blue Lord (FR)1-4fav (11-10) Settled 3rd, improved to 2nd 2 out, 3rd last (normal 3 out), travelled well to lead approaching straight, asserted over 1f out, clear under 1f out, very easily, won at Naas 2m sft in Jan beating Lifetime Ambition (11-10) by 20l, 3 ran.

Riviere D'etel (FR)5-4 (11-1) Disputed lead until headed 1st, soon tracked leader in 2nd, ridden and pressed winner after last (normal 2 out), no impression inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Ferny Hollow (12-0) at Leopardstown 2m 1f (1) sft in Dec.

Saint Sam (FR)11-10fav (11-10) Made all, went clear after 2 out, stayed on strongly run-in, eased inside final furlong, easily, won at Fairyhouse 2m 1f sft in Jan beating Thedevilscoachman (12-0) by 9l, 10 ran.

Busselton (FR)4-1 (11-4) Led, joined from 4th, headed 4 out, ridden in 2nd after 3 out, kept on in 2nd run-in, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Ciel De Neige (11-9) at Navan 2m 4f Good - Yielding in Dec.

Embittered (IRE)13-2 (11-8) Tracked leader in 2nd early, dropped to 4th at 3rd, pushed along next, reminder 7th, ridden in moderate 4th after 4 out, remote 4th 2 out, weakened, last of 6, dist behind Riviere D'etel (10-11) at Navan 2m 1f (1) Yielding in Dec.

Haut En Couleurs (FR)1-3fav (11-8) Tracked leader, 2nd halfway and closer before 7th, travelled well to challenge after 2 out and led entering straight, ridden briefly run-in and kept on well, won at Leopardstown 2m 1f Good - Yielding in Dec beating Gentleman De Mee (12-0) by 5 1/2l, 7 ran.