Barberstown Castle Novice Chase (Grade 1) 2m
- (5yo+, 2m, Class 1, 6 runners)
- Winner €75,000 2nd €25,000 3rd €12,500 4th €6,250 5th €3,750 6th €2,500
- Going: Good to Yielding (Yielding in places)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 5.80s
- Off time: 18:35:51
|1st||1 Blue Lord||2/1f|
|2nd||2 Coeur Sublime||hd||20/1|
Blue Lord (FR) 44
|7||166 11-12 t||W P Mullins||P Townend||156|
Coeur Sublime (IRE) 44
|7||166 11-12 t||H De Bromhead||Rachael Blackmore||148|
Gabynako (FR) 44
|7||166 11-12 t||G P Cromwell||K M Donoghue||156|
Haut En Couleurs (FR) 44
|5||166 11-12||W P Mullins||B J Cooper||150|
Saint Sam (FR) 44
|5||166 11-12 h||W P Mullins||S F O'Keeffe||152|
Maskada (FR) 67
|6||159 11-5||H De Bromhead||D J O'Keeffe||131|
Gentleman De Mee (FR) 19
|6||1112 ht||W P Mullins||M P Walsh||164|
||7||11-12||W P Mullins||P Townend||2/5|
Willie Mullins has won the last six of these and has four of the seven entries. GENTLEMAN DU MEE took a couple of races to warm up over fences but now looks a high-class prospect after accounting for the odds-on Edwardstone in the Grade 1 Maghull at Aintree. The latter had earlier beaten Gabynako, Blue Lord and Haut En Couleurs in the Arkle at Cheltenham and all three look held on collateral form. Saint Sam, who unseated in the Arkle, had earlier finished four lengths behind Blue Lord at Leopardstown.
Gentleman De Mee (FR)7-2 (11-4) Made all, hit 4 out, mistake 2 out, quickened before last, clear flat, stayed on well, won at Aintree 2m (1) gs in Apr beating Edwardstone (11-4) by 4 1/2l, 6 ran.
Blue Lord (FR)4-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, jumped right and not fluent 2nd, closed next, went 3rd last, no impression on winner but pressed for 2nd flat, no extra and edged left final 75 yards, 3rd of 11, 7 3/4l behind Edwardstone (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m (1) gs in Mar.
Coeur Sublime (IRE)18-1 (11-4) Held up in mid-division, hampered 4th, slow and in rear 7th, well beaten after 3 out, hampered last, 7th of 11, 28 1/4l behind Edwardstone (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m (1) gs in Mar.
Gabynako (FR)25-1 (11-4) Held up in rear on inside, headway 3 out, not much room 2 out, went 2nd last, stayed on flat but no impression on winner, 2nd of 11, 4 1/4l behind Edwardstone (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m (1) gs in Mar.
Maskada (FR)15-2 (11-10) Led until 4 out, ridden and dropped to 3rd when fell next, at Newbury 2m hcp (2) sft in Feb.
Haut En Couleurs (FR)6-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, raced keenly, closed on outside 9th, not fluent 3 out, soon ridden, 5th when jumped left last, soon weakened, 6th of 11, 16 1/4l behind Edwardstone (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m (1) gs in Mar.
Saint Sam (FR)12-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, not fluent 1st, hampered and unseated rider 4th, at Cheltenham 2m (1) gs in Mar.