Dooley Insurance Group Champion Novice Chase (Grade 1) 3m 120y
- (5yo+, 3m 120y, Class 1, 4 runners)
- Winner €60,000 2nd €20,000 3rd €10,000 4th €5,000 5th €3,000 6th €2,000
- Going: Yielding (Good to Yielding in places)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 32.20s
- Off time: 18:30:02
Envoi Allen (FR) 40
|7||166 11-12 t||H De Bromhead||Rachael Blackmore||164|
Franco De Port (FR) 23
|6||166 11-12||W P Mullins||B J Cooper||153|
Monkfish (IRE) 41
|7||166 11-12||W P Mullins||P Townend||163|
Colreevy (IRE) 39
|8||159 11-5||W P Mullins||D E Mullins||158|
Henry De Bromhead v Willie Mullins and though Colreevy and Franco De Port are Grade 1 winning chasers the finish will surely feature just ENVOI ALLEN and Monkfish. The former blotted his copybook at Cheltenham having looked unstoppable in all of his previous starts, recording five Grade 1 victories in the process, while Monkfish defied a couple of errors at the Festival where he oozed class throughout to record his fourth victory at the highest level. The former needs to demonstrate he stays this far but his style of racing suggests he could be even better at this trip though Mullins will ensure a strong gallop throughout despite the small field.
Colreevy (IRE)9-4 (11-7) Led until 2nd, led 6th , headed next, led and tended to jump right from 8th, hard pressed 2 out, headed narrowly 150 yards out, edged right, led and brushed rival 75 yards out, stayed on, won at Cheltenham 2m 5f (1) gs in Mar beating Elimay (11-5) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Monkfish (IRE)1-4fav (11-4) Led, slow 2nd, not fluent and headed 8th, led 4 out, soon headed, led again 3 out, 3 1/2 lengths ahead of 2nd but had loose horse just in front when mistake last, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Cheltenham 3m (1) gs in Mar beating Fiddlerontheroof (11-4) by 6 1/2l, 6 ran.
Envoi Allen (FR)4-9fav (11-4) Chased leaders, fell 4th, at Cheltenham 2m 4f (1) gs in Mar.
Franco De Port (FR)8-1 (11-12) Mid-division, slight mistake 1st, 6th halfway, pushed along entering straight, not fluent 3 out, ridden in 5th approaching 2 out, soon no impression but stayed on to go 2nd at last, kept on same pace, no threat to winner from last, 2nd of 9, 4 1/4l behind Janidil (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f (1) Yielding in Apr.