At The Races Bobbyjo Chase
Grade 2 Handicap, Fairyhouse 15:30
€45,000 added,
5yo plus,
3m 1f, Class 1   
Saturday 25th February 2017

1 Pleasant Company 9/4F
2 Thunder And Roses 11/1
3 Baie Des Iles 11/4
9 ran Distances: ½l, 51l, 15l
Time: 7m 15.60s (slow by 1m 11.60s)

Pleasant Company leaves it late to make it two consecutive wins

Pleasant Company
© Caroline Norris
Pleasant Company

Willie Mullins saddled the winner of the At The Races Bobbyjo Chase for the fourth time in six years as Pleasant Company benefitted from a fine ride by Ruby Walsh to land the feature at Fairyhouse.

Baie Des Iles and Thunder And Roses ensured a decent pace in this 3m1f event, and Walsh elected to give his mount a patient ride on the testing ground.

The 9/4 favourite stalked former Irish National winner Thunder And Roses in the straight, as the remainder of the nine-runner field cried enough.

Mullins’ charge was only asked for a big effort after the last and responded generously to score by half a length.

There was a yawning gap of 51 lengths back to Baie Des Iles in third.

Mullins said, “It was hard fought. Ruby said he was going to sit quiet on him today and try be there at the business end. That's exactly what happened.

“It's very very tough going, and ground I think that he doesn't like in particular so it's fortunate to get a win like that on that ground.

“He's in Aintree and that would be his owners preferred option so that's probably where he goes. Obviously I'll enter him in the Irish National here being a course winner but I'd imagine it's Aintree.

“I'd imagine he won't be going to Cheltenham.

“Ruby looked at the race and thought there was plenty of pace. He didn't think he needed to be involved too early and took a chance but he had the confidence in the horse to come through.

“I'd imagine if he had fallen four or five out people would have said he was never going to be involved anyway. He took a view on the race. I said go ahead, do that and let's see what happens. It worked out perfectly.”

Boylesports cut Pleasant Company into 20/1 (from 33/1) for the Randox Health Grand National, and make Thunder And Roses 33/1 (from 66/1).

Free Racing Tips

The At The Races Bobbyjo Steeplechase
€45,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 1f, Class 1
9 ran
Going: Heavy

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Pleasant Company (IRE) 9/4f R Walsh
11-0
W P Mullins 9
2nd ½ Thunder And Roses (IRE) 11/1 D N Russell
11-0
M F Morris 9
3rd 51 Baie Des Iles (FR) 11/4 Ms K Walsh
10-7
Ross O'Sullivan 6
4th 15 Roi Des Francs (FR) 8/1 J W Kennedy
11-8
G Elliott 8
5th Lord Windermere (IRE) 9/1 P Townend
11-0
J H Culloty 11
PU My Murphy (IRE) 25/1 R M Power
11-0
W J Burke 11
PU Wounded Warrior (IRE) 4/1 B J Cooper
11-0
N Meade 8
PU Not For Burning (IRE) 20/1 M A Enright
10-7
Mrs D Foster 10
UR Georges Conn (IRE) 66/1 D E Mullins
11-0
J P Ryan 9