Down Royal

  • 14:20 Champion Chase 3m

  • Winner €84,000 2nd €26,600 3rd €12,600 4th €4,200
  • Going: Soft, Soft/Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 17.80s
  • Off time: 14:21:25
14:20 Down Royal Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Quito De La Roque (FR) 11/4
2nd Sizing Europe (IRE) 7/2


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 214111- DARK BLUE, yellow striped sleeves, dark blue cap Bostons Angel (IRE) 234
Course WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-10 Mrs J Harrington R M Power 152 4/15.00
2 475P9-2 RED, emerald green sash & sleeves, black cap Coolcashin (IRE) 35
Distance Winner
10 11-10 M J Bowe T J Doyle 137 25/126.00
3 411115- Black and white stripes, emerald green and white striped sleeves, black and white striped cap Midnight Chase 232
Distance Winner
9 11-10 N P Mulholland D C Costello 161 9/25.50
4 12111-1 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Quito De La Roque (FR) 186
Distance Winner
7 11-10 C A Murphy D N Russell 159 11/43.75
5 381PU-3 ROYAL BLUE, red seams, royal blue sleeves & cap Rare Bob (IRE) 185
Distance Winner
9 11-10 D T Hughes B J Cooper 150 16/117.00
6 2231-21 EMERALD GREEN, yellow chevron & sleeves, red cap Sizing Europe (IRE) 35
9 11-10 H de Bromhead A E Lynch 177 7/24.50
7 4113/1P- Red, white cross sashes, hooped sleeves, red cap, white star on cap The Nightingale (FR) 294
Course Winner
8 11-10 P F Nicholls Paul Carberry 167 4/15.00


Sizing Europe was beaten 4l by Kauto Star in this a year ago and the brilliant champion two-miler has never convinced when tackling this sort of trip, especially on sticky ground. Rubi Light would have easily beaten Henry De Bromhead's star when both reappeared at Gowran but fell at the last. He's a rapidly improver type with fitness guaranteed and looks certain to go well. Bostons Angel was last season's great improver with three Grade 1's to his credit. He had Quito De La Roque just behind in the Fort Leney at Leopardstown in December and the pair look certain to be at the forefront in all the major staying chases this campaign. The Nightingale easily beat the useful Roberto Goldback in the Grade 2 over 2m4f on this card a year ago but pulled up when tackling 3m in the King George. He'll be primed for this but it's another raider, MIDNIGHT CHASE, who gets the vote. Neil Mullholland's charge is a Cheltenham specialist having won three times there last season and it was his excellent run in the Gold Cup that points to his chances as his front-running style is made for this track.