Gowran Park

  • 15:50 PWC Champion Chase 2m 4f

  • Winner €25,350 2nd €7,410 3rd €3,510 4th €1,170
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 58.30s
  • Off time: 15:50:30
15:50 Gowran Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Sizing Europe (IRE) 11/10
2nd Forpadydeplasterer (IRE) 5/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
2 121121- EMERALD GREEN, yellow chevron & sleeves, red cap Sizing Europe (IRE) 165
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 11-10 H de Bromhead A E Lynch 171 11/102.10
3 21P223- MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star First Lieutenant (IRE) 162
Beaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-8 M F Morris D N Russell 157 7/42.75
4 2F5358- MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Roi Du Mee (FR) 180
Course WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-8 G Elliott P Carberry 147 11/112.00
5 233464- RED & WHITE STRIPES, hooped sleeves, striped cap Forpadydeplasterer (IRE) 176
10 11-3 T Cooper B J Cooper 154 5/16.00
6 4P-0352 Maroon, large light blue spots, light blue sleeves, maroon spots, maroon cap, light blue spots I Hear A Symphony (IRE) 23
Distance Winner
10 11-3 J J Lambe R C Colgan 124 20/121.00
8 313544 Royal blue, light blue spots, brown cap, emerald green spots Shabra Charity (IRE) 7
Distance Winner
7 10-5 t P O Brady A P Heskin 118 50/151.00
Non runners
1P/45841-China Rock (IRE)911-10M F MorrisB J Geraghty165
7433/127-Joncol (IRE)911-3P NolanR M Power161


A first-class turnout for jumping's first big race of the new season with the winners of the last two of these, China Rock and SIZING EUROPE, both entered. The former holds a verdict over Henry De Bromhead's star though that was over 2m7f and today's trip greatly favours his brilliant rival. Although losing his Champion Chase crown to Finian's Rainbow at Cheltenham, he bounced back to beat Realt Dubh and Big Zeb in the Punchestown equivalent when China Rock trailed in 24l behind. Another crack at the Tingle Creek, which he won last year, will no doubt be on the agenda and this looks the right stepping stone. First Lieutenant, the 2011 Neptune Investment winner at Cheltenham, hasn't quite fulfilled expectations over fences though his close second to Bobs Worth in this year's RSA Chase was a cracking effort and he's still young enough to go to the top. Joncol hasn't been seen since running poorly in the Lexus Chase in December but he's another high-class chaser at his best.