William Hill Champion Chase (Grade 1) 2m
- (5yo+, 2m, Class 1, 6 runners)
- Winner €150,000 2nd €50,000 3rd €25,000 4th €12,500 5th €7,500 6th €5,000
- Going: Yielding (Good to Yielding in places)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 11.00s
- Off time: 17:25:17
|1st||3 Chacun Pour Soi||6/5f|
Allaho (FR) 40
|7||168 12-0 t||W P Mullins||Rachael Blackmore||174|
Castlegrace Paddy (IRE) 22
|10||168 12-0 t||P A Fahy||B J Cooper||155|
Chacun Pour Soi (FR) 41
|9||168 12-0||W P Mullins||P Townend||172|
Cilaos Emery (FR) 41
|9||168 12-0||W P Mullins||B Hayes||163|
First Flow (IRE) 41
|9||168 12-0||K C Bailey||David Bass||164|
Nube Negra (SPA) 41
|7||168 12-0 t||D Skelton||Harry Skelton||165|
Daly Tiger (FR) 45
|8||N Meade||S W Flanagan||157|
Newly-crowned UK Champion Jockey Harry Skelton travels over to ride Nube Negra for brother Dan after a superb effort when runner-up to Put The Kettle On in the Champion Chase at Cheltenham with Chacun Pour Soi beaten a length in third and First Flow a further 5 lengths behind. Kim Bailey isn't afraid to take on the two who finished in front of him with the latter, who did remarkably well to finish so close after being outpaced early. Chacun Pour Soi is back on home turf here and expected to reverse the places with the runner-up but may have to give best to stable companion ALLAHO, who lit up the Festival with a brilliant display of front-running in the Ryanair and though dropping back in trip will have these rivals at full stretch from the start.
Daly Tiger (FR)3-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, not fluent 1st, 4th halfway, pushed along approaching 3 out, ridden and no impression when jumped left 2 out, no extra and jumped left again last, last of 5, 31 1/4l behind Any Second Now (11-10) at Navan 2m (1) hvy in Mar.
Chacun Pour Soi (FR)8-13fav (11-10) Chased leaders, went 2nd and edged slightly left towards rail after 3 out, challenged 2 out, soon led, ridden and headed final 50 yards, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Put The Kettle On (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m (1) gs in Mar.
Allaho (FR)3-1fav (11-10) Prominent, led 2nd, not fluent 4 out, clear after 3 out, not fluent last, stayed on strongly, impressive, won at Cheltenham 2m 5f (1) gs in Mar beating Fakir D'Oudairies (11-10) by 12l, 11 ran.
Nube Negra (SPA)11-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, closed 4 out, stumbled slightly last, switched right flat, stayed on, went 2nd towards finish, not reach winner, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Put The Kettle On (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m (1) gs in Mar.
Cilaos Emery (FR)12-1 (11-10) Not jump well, behind, closed from 3 out but never got on terms, another mistake 2 out and well beaten after, 8th of 9, 20 1/4l behind Put The Kettle On (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m (1) gs in Mar.
Castlegrace Paddy (IRE)8-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, slight mistake 6th, closer 5 out, headway early straight and went 2nd 2 out, disputed approaching last where slight mistake, 2nd and ridden run-in, kept on, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Easy Game (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f (1) Yielding in Apr.
First Flow (IRE)11-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders on inside, not fluent 1st, mistake 3rd, not fluent and looked to be hanging right from 6th, lost place 7th, wide but closed 3 out, held from 2 out, kept on, 6th of 9, 6 1/2l behind Put The Kettle On (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m (1) gs in Mar.