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14:25 Leopardstown

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Savills Chase (Grade 1)

  • Prize money: £91371.68
  • 3m 0f 100y
  • 8 runners
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Savills Chase (Grade 1)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

2/1 (Won)

  • Win: £2.10
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 1112-3 CD BF

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 178

Form & Verdict

Had won all six completed starts over fences, including Cheltenham Gold Cup, before being mastered by Fastorslow over 3m at Punchestown in April; jumping was untidy at times when suffering another Punchestown reverse behind Fastorslow in last month's John Durkan; longer trip should be a big help, but the same remark applies equally to Martin Brassil's runner.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

3

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

15:35 Leopardstown

Galopin Des Champs

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

made all, not fluent 4 out, increased tempo after 2 out, pushed out run-in, pushed along and kept on well run-in

2/5

1st

8

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

14:25 Leopardstown

Galopin Des Champs

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

travelled strongly, raced wide, pressed leader, briefly led 9th

2/1

3rd

5

26th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 150y

14:30 Punchestown

Galopin Des Champs

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

didn't always jump with fluency, in rear early, in touch with leaders after 4th, pushed along briefly after 3 out, headway and challenging home turn, pushed along when jumped slightly right 2 out, no extra when switched right after last

4/9

9/4

  • Place: £1.02

Form: 1121-1 D

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 167

Form & Verdict

Won his first three novice chases last season (including two Grade 1s) before getting going a bit too late in the Brown Advisory Chase at Cheltenham; bounced back with an easy win in an Aintree Grade 1 next time; made a perfect start in open company when mastering Envoi Allen and Conflated at Down Royal.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

9

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

14:25 Leopardstown

Gerri Colombe

11st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent

9/4

1st

3

11th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

14:20 Down Royal

Gerri Colombe

11st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Exciting young chaser is unlucky not to be unbeaten in his 10 starts under all codes; won his first three novice chases last season (including two Grade 1s) before getting going a bit too late in the Brown Advisory Chase at Cheltenham; bounced back with an easy win in an Aintree Grade 1 next time; needs to improve now tackling open Grade 1 company but that is likely.

11/10

1st

3

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Gerri Colombe

11st 7lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

Made it 3-3 over fences when winning Grade 1 Scilly Isles Novices' Chase at Sandown (2m4f, good to soft) in February; despite those wins having come over shorter, he was outpaced in the 3m Brown Advisory at Cheltenham (soft) last month before staying on strongly for short-head second; there's a concern this sharper track may catch him out but he has leading form claims.

4/5

40/1

  • Place: £17.70

Form: 1/3P-6 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 158

Form & Verdict

Won Grade 1 staying novice chase at the 2022 Punchestown festival; ran only twice last season; no match for stablemates Janidil and Haut En Couleurs in the Red Mills at Gowran; dropped away from two out in the Grand National; poor round of jumping on seasonal debut at Thurles.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

6

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 56y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Capodanno

11st 4lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Useful sort but his Grade 1 success at Punchestown in 2022 is weak form for the level; 0-4 in 2023, well-held third to stellar stablemate Galopin Des Champs at Leopardstown most recently; all of his rivals have stronger claims on balance.

7/1

3rd

3

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

14:25 Leopardstown

Capodanno

11st 10lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

took keen hold, in rear, not fluent 8th

40/1

Form: 2441-1

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 158

Form & Verdict

Fourth in two Grade 1 events last season, notably behind The Real Whacker in the Brown Advisory; overcame tendencies to race lazily at times and to jump to the left when landing the 3m5f Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse; put his experience to good use when winning the Drinmore at Fairyhouse on his final novice outing; up against it now in open company.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

1

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 88y

15:50 Fairyhouse

I Am Maximus

11st 12lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: W P Mullins

jumped left on occasions, raced in third behind clear leaders, mistake 8th, smooth headway before 2 out, led going easily approaching last, soon clear, not fluent last, shaken up and went further clear run-in

5/4

3rd

4

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

15:35 Leopardstown

I Am Maximus

11st 10lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: W P Mullins

jumped left throughout, raced in last, detached from 8th, no impression from 12th

25/1

4th

10

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

14:25 Leopardstown

I Am Maximus

11st 10lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: W P Mullins

raced lazily at times, in touch with leaders early, not fluent and slightly hampered 1st, soon towards rear, not fluent 9th, nudged along after 12th, headway when pushed along briefly 4 out

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: 3432-2 C

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 160

Form & Verdict

Top-class novice hurdler in 2020/21 season; career interrupted before resuming last season with two chase wins against modest opposition; failed to score in four Grade 1 attempts; emerged with reputation enhanced with front-running effort to split Fastorslow and Galopin Des Champs in the John Durkan.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

3

21st Jan 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 35y

13:35 Thurles

Appreciate It

11st 3lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Top-class novice hurdler in 2020/21 season; career interrupted before resuming last season with two chase wins against modest opposition; failed to score in four Grade 1 attempts; emerged with reputation enhanced with front-running effort to split Fastorslow and Galopin Des Champs in the John Durkan; failed to replicate that form in the Savills at Leopardstown.

8/1

5th

2

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

14:25 Leopardstown

Appreciate It

11st 10lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

Top-class novice hurdler in 2020/21 season; career interrupted before resuming last season with two chase wins against modest opposition; failed to score in four Grade 1 attempts; emerged with reputation enhanced with front-running effort to split Fastorslow and Galopin Des Champs in the John Durkan.

16/1

2nd

1

26th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 150y

14:30 Punchestown

Appreciate It

11st 12lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

jumped left on occasions, led, faced challenge home turn, ridden and clear after 2 out, headed but kept on well after last

14/1

Form: 1/PP3- CD

Last run: 259 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 172

Form & Verdict

Beaten a short head by Galvin in this race two seasons ago as a prelude to 15l victory from stablemate Minella Indo in the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup; ran only three times last season, pulled up in the Betfair Chase and Cheltenham Gold Cup; found nothing at Aintree on final start; begins new campaign with questions to answer.

Place /
No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

1

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

14:25 Leopardstown

A Plus Tard

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Beaten a short head by Galvin in this race two seasons ago as a prelude to 15l victory from stablemate Minella Indo in the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup; ran only three times last season, pulled up in the Betfair Chase and Cheltenham Gold Cup; found nothing at Aintree on final start; begins new campaign with questions to answer.

14/1

3rd

2

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:55 Aintree

A Plus Tard

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Has a question to answer having been pulled up in both outings this term, although had no luck (badly hampered after six out, unable to recover) in the Cheltenham Gold Cup on latest; highly impressive in that race and the Betfair Chase last season, both on good to soft; would have the best chance if surging back to that form.

5/2

2

17th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

A Plus Tard

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Two brilliant wins at this meeting, notably surpassing a second in this race in 2021 when tearing up the hill last March (good to soft; acts well on soft) for one of the best Gold Cup performances in recent times; seen only once since, when returning a sick horse from his first-ever off day at Haydock in November, and although recent reports are encouraging it would be pretty special if he can produce the same performance as 12 months ago after such a poor preparation.

9/2

Form: 2221-U D

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Won 3m Grade 2 Ten Up Novice at Navan in February, a suitable reward after a sequence of seconds; unseated rider at second on seasonal debut at Punchestown; lowest-rated of 11 runners here.

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Verdict Starting price

0

4

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

14:25 Leopardstown

Churchstonewarrior

11st 10lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Jonathan Sweeney

Won 3m Grade 2 Ten Up Novice at Navan in February, a suitable reward after a sequence of seconds; unseated rider at second on seasonal debut at Punchestown; lowest-rated of 11 runners here.

100/1

0

1

25th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

13:23 Punchestown

Churchstonewarrior

11st 8lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Jonathan Sweeney

Very useful novice hurdler who proved an even better novice chaser last season, runner-up to a smart performer on each of his first three starts before ending campaign winning Grade 2 Ten Up Novice at Navan over today's trip, seeing it out well; missed recent intended reappearance at Wexford due to a stone bruise and tough task here conceding weight all round.

9/2

Form: 13P-53 CD

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 164

Form & Verdict

Beat Minella Indo in the 2022 Irish Gold Cup and won this event 12 months ago; third in Cheltenham Gold Cup before ending the season on a low note at Aintree; tame effort on return at Punchestown and needs to reverse Down Royal form with stablemate Gerri Colombe and Envoi Allen.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

15:35 Leopardstown

Conflated

11st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

raced in third, outpaced on turn after 2 out

9/1

0

5

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

14:25 Leopardstown

Conflated

11st 10lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Beat Minella Indo in the 2022 Irish Gold Cup and won this event 12 months ago; third in Cheltenham Gold Cup before ending the season on a low note at Aintree; tame effort on return at Punchestown and needs to reverse Down Royal form with stablemate Gerri Colombe and Envoi Allen.

14/1

3rd

1

11th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

14:20 Down Royal

Conflated

11st 10lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Officially the highest-rated in this field; beat Minella Indo by 6l when winning the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown in 2022 and added the Savills Chase at the same track last winter after being 3rd to Envoi Allen in this race; however, was very disappointing when beaten nearly 20l by Minella Indo on return at Punchestown and Jack Kennedy prefers Gerri Colombe.

5/1

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Non-runners

Envoi Allen, Fastorslow, Janidil

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta €43.00
Straight Forecast €48.70
Tricast €1289.60
Trifecta €884.00

Selections

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Galopin Des Champs

SPOTLIGHT:

Gerri Colombe

TOPSPEED:

Galopin Des Champs

POSTDATA:

Galopin Des Champs

The Irish Sun:

Galopin Des Champs