Paddy Power Chase
BETDAQ
(Extended Handicap Chase)
Leopardstown
15:00
Grade B, €200,000
3m 100y, 5yo+  
Wednesday 27th December 2017

1 Anibale Fly 14/1
2 Ucello Conti 25/1
3 Squouateur 4/1f
4 Potters Point 33/1
5 Vieux Morvan 40/1
28 ran NR: Baily Moon Distances: 7l, 1¼l, 2¼l
Time: 6m 17.80s (slow by 29.80s)

Anibale Fly wins under Donagh Meyler for Tony Martin and owner JP McManus

Anibale Fly
© Caroline Norris
Anibale Fly

Tony Martin's Anibale Fly was a class act as a novice last season, chasing home Coney Island in the Drinmore.

He had apparently lost his way since but had been running over trips short of his optimum and, back up to three miles, he defied a mark of 148 under Donagh Meyler.

As ever, there were plenty in with chances at the second-last as Vieux Morvan led them a merry dance.

When he began to weaken, Anibale Fly hit the front and was not to be denied.

The Gordon Elliott army chased him home, with Ucello Conti second, 4-1 favourite Squouateur third and Potters Point fourth.

Meyler said: "His form last year behind Disko and the like was very good.

"I know he had a lot of weight but class will out and he showed his class.

"One thing he does do is stay and he seemed to relish it."

The Paddy Power Steeplechase
Grade B, €200,000, 3m100y, 5yo+
28 ran
Going: Yielding, Soft in places

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Anibale Fly (FR) 14/1 D Meyler
11-8
A J Martin 7
2nd 7 Ucello Conti (FR) 25/1 L A McKenna (7)
11-5
G Elliott 9
3rd Squouateur (FR) 4/1f B J Geraghty
10-7
G Elliott 6
4th Potters Point (IRE) 33/1 C D Meehan (5)
11-7
G Elliott 7
5th 3 Vieux Morvan (FR) 40/1 S A Shortall (3)
10-7
Joseph P O'Brien 8
6th 4 Phil's Magic (IRE) 20/1 D F O'Regan
10-3
A J Martin 7
7th hd Full Cry (IRE) 40/1 R Loughran
10-6
H de Bromhead 7
8th 5 Thunder And Roses (IRE) 40/1 Ms L O'Neill (3)
11-3
M F Morris 9
9th ¾ Space Cadet (IRE) 25/1 B Hayes
10-6
G Elliott 7
10th ¾ Out Sam 20/1 L P Dempsey
10-6
G Elliott 8
11th Polidam (FR) 6/1 P Townend
11-6
W P Mullins 8
12th General Principle (IRE) 16/1 J W Kennedy
11-0
G Elliott 8
13th ½ Apache Stronghold (IRE) 33/1 J M Moore
11-4
N Meade 9
14th 5 Pleasant Company (IRE) 16/1 D J Mullins
11-7
W P Mullins 9
15th Texas Jack (IRE) 50/1 B J Cooper
10-8
N Meade 11
16th On Fiddlers Green (IRE) 33/1 D Robinson (5)
10-9
H de Bromhead 7
17th Road To Riches (IRE) 33/1 A W Short (7)
11-10
N Meade 10
18th 20 Flaxen Flare (IRE) 16/1 D N Russell
10-12
G Elliott 8
19th 14 Bay Of Freedom (IRE) 20/1 K C Sexton
10-12
Peter Fahey 8
20th 5 Oscar Knight (IRE) 7/1 M P Walsh
10-10
T Mullins 8
21st 23 Three Stars (IRE) 33/1 R M Power
10-13
H de Bromhead 7
Also Ran: Bonny Kate (IRE) , Call The Taxie (IRE) , Woods Well (IRE) , Dromnea (IRE) , Forever Gold (IRE) , Tesseract (IRE) , Teacher's Pet (IRE)
NR Baily Moon (IRE) S J Crimin (5)
10-2
M F Morris 6
NR He Rock's (IRE) Reserve 2
9-13
S J Mahon 8
NR Magic Of Light (IRE) Reserve 3
9-13
Mrs J Harrington 6

PREVIOUS WINNERS:
PADDY POWER HANDICAP STEEPLECHASE

YEAR       WINNER AGE TRAINER JOCKEY
2016 Noble Endeavor 7 Gordon Elliott Davy Russell
2015 Minella Foru 6 Edward Harty Barry Geraghty
2014 Living Next Door 8 Tony Martin Denis O’Regan
2013 Rockyaboya 9 Willie Mullins Ruby Walsh
2012 Colbert Station  8 Ted Walsh AP McCoy
2011 Cross Appeal        5 Noel Meade Paul Carberry
2010 Majestic Concorde 7 Dermot Weld Mr Robbie McNamara
2009 Oscar Time 8 Martin Lynch Robbie Power
2008 Wheresben 9 Seamus Fahey Mr Jarlath Fahey
2007 Newbay Prop 8 Tony Martin Ross Geraghty