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15:10 Leopardstown (IRE)

Flogas Novice Chase (Grade 1) (Class 1)

  • 8 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 5f 93y
  • Going: Soft (Yielding in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • €125,000 added
  • Winner: €75,000
  • 2nd: €24,999
  • 3rd: €12,500
  • 4th: €6,250
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 36.00s
  • Off Time: 15:12:09
  • 8 Ran
1
Silk - EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap
  • Form 1213-11
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 149

chased leaders, disputed 2nd from 6 out, 3rd 3 out, ridden and no impression after 2 out, kept on same pace from before last

2
Silk - MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star

Assemble

43 t D
66/1
  • Form 163-12F
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 144

held up, closer behind leaders when fell 5th

3
Silk - YELLOW & BLACK CHECK, yellow sleeves, black star on cap
  • Form 114-1FF
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-12

held up, ridden into 4th before last, soon no impression and kept on same pace

5
Silk - Black, pink seams, pink & black halved sleeves, black cap, pink diamond
  • Form 481-F12
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 142

held up early, improved to chase leader before 5th, dropped to 4th 4 out, slight mistake 2 out, soon ridden and no impression, no extra before last

6
Silk -  Emerald green & orange hoops, emerald green cap, white star
28/1
  • Form 1115-13
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 148

held up behind leaders, slight mistake 7th, 5th halfway, fell 4 out

7
Silk - Purple, yellow hoop, grey sleeves, purple cap, yellow star
  • Form 112-122
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 153

chased leader, not fluent 1st and 2nd, ridden in 2nd after 2 out, no impression on leader from last, kept on same pace

8
Silk - BLACK & YELLOW HOOPS, white & yellow quartered cap
200/1
  • Form 4-15P39
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 127

held up in rear, jinked right and unseated rider 5th

9
Silk - PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap
1/2
  • Form 2111-11
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 158

made all, shaken up briefly after last, soon stretched clear, easily

4
NR
33/1
  • Form 44-3213
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 144

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

MONKFISH beat Latest Exhibition a neck over 3m in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham and by 3 lengths in the Grade 1 Neville Hotels Chase over that trip in December. The latter is himself a Grade 1 winner over timber having won at this fixture a year ago. The drop in trip shouldn't be a problem for either but Willie Mullins' charge again looks the one to beat. His stable companion Asterion Forlonge, a high-class hurdler, made mistakes when making a successful chasing debut at Punchestown but paid for them in subsequent starts though a clear round could see him causing an upset. Andy Dufresne arrives in excellent form having won both starts over fences and was only a couple of lengths behind Latest Exhibition in a Grade 2 hurdle at Navan just over a year ago.

Formwatch

Andy Dufresne (IRE) 8-15fav (11-2) Soon disputed lead, led from 2nd, pressed and jumped left 2 out, jumped left again last, stayed on well under pressure to assert run-in, won at Navan 2m 1f (1) sft in Dec beating Embittered (11-2) by 3l, 3 ran.

Assemble 22-1 (11-12) Prominent, dropped to 4th before 5th, progress at 10th where left 2nd, dropped to 3rd and pushed along after 3 out, ridden and weakened before 2 out , mistake and fell at last, at Limerick 2m 4f (1) hvy in Dec.

Asterion Forlonge (FR) 15-8 (11-3) Led, fell 1st, at Punchestown 2m 4f (1) hvy in Jan.

Fils D'oudairies (FR) 25-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, left 2nd from 1st, almost on terms from before 2 out, pushed along before straight, soon under pressure, no impression run-in, kept on without matching winner, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Envoi Allen (12-0) at Punchestown 2m 4f (1) hvy in Jan.

Janidil (FR) 11-2 (11-12) Held up in rear, slight mistake at 6th, left 4th at 10th, not fluent 3 out, headway in 3rd before 2 out, no impression on leaders after 2 out, bad mistake at last, no extra, 3rd of 5, 16 1/2l behind Colreevy (11-5) at Limerick 2m 4f (1) hvy in Dec.

Latest Exhibition (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Towards rear, took closer order before 6th, 3rd after 7th, bumped at 9th, improved to 2nd after 10th, challenged 2 out, every chance at last, ridden and kept on, not match winner, 2nd of 6, 3l behind Monkfish (11-12) at Leopardstown 3m (1) Yielding in Dec.

Macgiloney (IRE) 11-1 (10-13) Slight mistake 1st, mid-division, 10th after 3rd, not fluent 10th, 14th after 11th, slight mistake 5 out, some headway and kept on same pace straight, 9th of 19, 28l behind Dromore Lad (10-10) at Cork 3m 4f hcp sft in Nov.

Monkfish (IRE) 1-2fav (11-12) Led narrowly, headed before 3rd, not fluent at 4th, closed at 7th, jumped right and bumped rival at 9th, led at 10th, 2 lengths clear 3 out, pressed 2 out, ridden and kept on best run-in, won at Leopardstown 3m (1) Yielding in Dec beating Latest Exhibition (11-12) by 3l, 6 ran.

Conflated (IRE) 15-2 (11-12) Chased leader, 4th after 7th, not fluent at 10th, 3rd at 11th, no impression after 2 out, weakened to 4th before last where left moderate 3rd, tailed off, 3rd of 6, dist behind Monkfish (11-12) at Leopardstown 3m (1) Yielding in Dec.