BetVictor Bobbyjo Chase
Grade 2 Handicap, Fairyhouse 16:00
€45,000 added,
5yo plus,
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)

Due to unsuitable ground conditions Mullins withdrew Pleasant Company, but Rathvinden proved to be a very able stable representative.

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.”

Free Racing Tips

Bobbyjo Steeplechase
€45,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 1f, Class 1
6 ran
Going: Good to Yielding

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Rathvinden (IRE) 10/3 P Townend
11-8
W P Mullins 11
2nd Alpha Des Obeaux (FR) 2/1 J W Kennedy
11-8
G Elliott 9
3rd 13 Valseur Lido (FR) 14/1 Rachael Blackmore
11-0
H De Bromhead 10
4th 24 Outlander (IRE) 9/1 D N Russell
11-10
G Elliott 11
PU Champagne Harmony (IRE) 100/1 R C Colgan
11-0
S J Mahon 9
UR Magic Of Light (IRE) 6/4f R M Power
10-10
Mrs J Harrington 8
NR Pleasant Company (IRE) D J Mullins
11-0
W P Mullins 11