BetVictor Bobbyjo Chase
|Grade 2 Handicap, Fairyhouse 16:00
3m 1f, Class 1
|Saturday 23rd February 2019|
1 Rathvinden 100/30
2 Alpha Des Obeaux 2/1
3 Valseur Lido 14/1
6 ran NR: Pleasant Company Distances: 3½l, 13l, 24l
Time: 6m 30.70s (slow by 26.70s)
It's a fourth win in a row in the BetVictor Bobbyjo Chase and eighth in total for Willie Mullins as Rathvinden battles for victory under Paul Townend 👏 pic.twitter.com/riSeHUYvLS— FairyhouseRacecourse (@Fairyhouse) February 23, 2019
Following on from his ‘neighbour,’ Eight And Bob’s win in the 2.50 event, Rathvinden was similarly smooth in victory.
Favourite Magic Of Light made a bad mistake and unseated Robbie Power at Ballyhack (eight fences from home).
Supplying Closutton with its fourth Bobbyjo in a row, and eighth in all, Rathvinden moved sweetly behind Alpha Des Obeaux in the straight.
Absent for 305 days, Rathvinden took over from before the last to triumph by three and a half lengths.
Townend is now on to the 87 winner mark for the campaign, 6 ahead of Rachael Blackmore on 81.
“That was a nice first run of the season, and I’d imagine he’ll go for the National. That would be the usual route from here. We’re keen to go and the owner is keen to go," said Mullins.
“He was really firing at home and I was really happy with him. I’m just wondering can we get another few vaccinations into them as it doesn’t seem to be doing them any harm!
“He’s a horse that’s had his troubles over the years and he’s good and sound now so he may not have another run before the National. We’ll see how he comes out of this race first.”
€45,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 1f, Class 1
Going: Good to Yielding
|Pos||D||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||Rathvinden (IRE) 10/3||P Townend
|W P Mullins||11|
|2nd||3½||Alpha Des Obeaux (FR) 2/1||J W Kennedy
|3rd||13||Valseur Lido (FR) 14/1||Rachael Blackmore
|H De Bromhead||10|
|4th||24||Outlander (IRE) 9/1||D N Russell
|PU||Champagne Harmony (IRE) 100/1||R C Colgan
|S J Mahon||9|
|UR||Magic Of Light (IRE) 6/4f||R M Power
|Mrs J Harrington||8|
|NR||Pleasant Company (IRE)||D J Mullins
|W P Mullins||11|