At The Races Bobbyjo Chase
Grade 2 Handicap, Fairyhouse 15:25
€45,000 added,
5yo plus,
3m 1f, Class 1   
Saturday 20th February 2016

1 Boston Bob 4/1
2 On His Own 8/1
3 Turban 16/1
7 ran Distances: hd, 8½l, ½l
TIME 7m 21.30s (slow by 77.30s)

Boston Bob outbattles stablemate On His Own with Mala Beach a faller when looking winner

Boston Bob
© Caroline Norris
Boston Bob

The Gordon Elliott-trained Mala Beach was sent off the 5-4 favourite in the hands of Davy Russell and he looked the likely winner as he approached the second-last in the lead, travelling comfortably.

However, he crashed out at the penultimate obstacle, leaving the Willie Mullins-trained Turban in front, with stablemates Boston Bob and On His Own hot on his heels.

Turban was quickly overhauled by his fellow Clostutton inmates, with Ruby Walsh aboard Boston Bob and Patrick Mullins in the plate on On His Own.

That pair settled down to battle it out and while On His Own briefly poked his head in front, Boston Bob battled back to shade it by a head, with Turban eight and a half lengths back in third

Mullins said: "It was a bit fortuitous with Mala Beach falling, but you need luck any day of the week. I'm delighted to get a number back in front of Boston Bob's name and on ground he wouldn't particularly like.

"It was a good run by On His Own and I loved the way he battled back. At his stage in life he doesn't kill himself, and I'd say Patrick is looking forward to riding him in the National and maybe in the Gold Cup as well.

"Boston Bob and On His Own are both in the Gold Cup and the National. I'll have to talk to Graham (Wylie) but they could run in both races.

"Turban was good over that trip and is qualified now for the National. He ran in the Topham last year, and is also on course for the National."

Coral offered 25-1 about Boston Bob for the Crabbie's Grand National, with On His Own a 33-1 shot.

The stewards examined the rides of both Walsh and Mullins, with the former cautioned over his use of the whip, while Mullins was banned for three days for not giving On His Own time to respond and using his whip with excessive force.

Free Racing Tips

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

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Boston Bob (IRE) 4/1 R Walsh
W P Mullins 11
2nd hd On His Own (IRE) 8/1 Mr P W Mullins
W P Mullins 12
3rd Turban (FR) 16/1 P Townend
W P Mullins 9
4th ½ Baie Des Iles (FR) 3/1 R M Power
Ross O'Sullivan 5
5th 8 Thunder And Roses (IRE) 16/1 B J Cooper
Ms Sandra Hughes 8
6th 8 Vics Canvas (IRE) 25/1 M P Walsh
D A McLoughlin 13
F Mala Beach (IRE) 5/4f D N Russell
G Elliott 8