Galway

  • 18:25 Deacy Gilligan Novice Chase2m 1f

  • Winner €14,300 2nd €4,180 3rd €1,980 4th €661
  • Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 20.80s
  • Off time: 18:25:59
18:25 Galway Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Rebel Fitz (FR) 4/9
2nd Saint Gervais (IRE) 7/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 25-2111 DARK BLUE, orange & dark blue halved sleeves, dark blue cap Rebel Fitz (FR) 40
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-12 M Winters B J Geraghty 152 4/91.44
2 3U1-241 Light blue & red hoops, halved sleeves, red cap Lord Ben (IRE) 24
Nag me
8 11-6 H de Bromhead A E Lynch 12/113.00
3 U4-0351 Dark blue, yellow star, yellow & dark blue halved sleeves, dark blue cap, yellow stars Saint Gervais (IRE) 11
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
8 11-6 J E Kiely P Townend 7/18.00
4 618608 MAROON, pink sleeves, white cap Cnoc Na Sioga (IRE) 19
Nag me
6 11-2 J P Ryan Mr D G Lavery (5) 33/134.00
5 5P4634 BROWN & WHITE HOOPS, striped cap Ted Dolly (IRE) 11
Nag me
9 11-2 E U Hales J S McGarvey (5) 25/126.00
6 542-791 Light green, black cross sashes, black sleeves & cap Shadow Eile (IRE) 12
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
8 10-13 Mrs D A Love Andrew J McNamara 9/25.50
7 P35-682 BROWN, orange cross belts, hooped cap Ashbury (IRE) 12
Nag me
6 10-9 W J Burke Mr J J Burke (7) 66/167.00

Verdict

REBEL FITZ was surprisingly beaten on his chasing debut but has made no mistake since and was very impressive when beating the useful Sizing Italy at the Festival here last month. He can go all the way to the top of the novice division this season, though the concession of weight to some decent rivals won't be easy. Shadow Eile, runner-up in the Grade 1 Mares Hurdle at Punchestown in April, had no problems making a winning debut over fences at Killarney and could turn out to be very useful while Saint Gervais , though a long way behind the selection at Killarney in July, definitely improved to beat Steps To Freedom there last month. Henry De Bromhead has some nice chasers this season and Lord Ben is amongst them though he'll need to improve further in this company.