Paddy Power Chase
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(Extended Handicap Chase), Leopardstown
Grade B, €190,000
3m100y, 5yo+
Friday 27th December 2013

1 Rockyaboya 7/1
2 Cause Of Causes 6/1F
3 Ipsos Du Berlais 20/1
4 Victrix Gale 20/1
NR: Cross Appeal (IRE), Sraid Padraig (IRE)
28 ran Distances: shd, 1¾l, 2l
TIME 6m 22.10s (slow by 34.10s)

Rockyaboya came out on top in an ultra-competitive Paddy Power Chase by a short-head as Tony McCoy on Cause Of Causes, and Ruby Walsh on the winner, fought out an epic battle from the last.

Rockyaboya
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Rockyaboya

McCoy conjured up a stirring run on the 6-1 favourite, but it was WalSh and 7-1 chance Rockyaboya who just held on.

Ipsos Du Berlais was third with Victrix Gale in fourth.

The win was a welcome change of luck for Walsh and trainer Willie Mullins, the pair having experienced some high-profile reverses at Leopardstown's Christmas meeting.

As many as six of the 28 runners were in with a chance approaching the last, and for a moment it looked as if Canaly, who led the field into the home straight, was going as well as any.

However, the Dessie Hughes-trained eight-year-old weakened after the last as the rallying Cause Of Causes under the strong McCoy drive loomed into view.

But Walsh and Rockyaboya denied McCoy and owner JP McManus a second consecutive win in the race following Colbert Station last year.

Mathematician Betting

The Paddy Power Steeplechase (Grade B) (Rated 0-145)
€190,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m
28 ran
Going: Soft

Place Horse Trainer Jockey
1st
Rockyaboya 7/1 2Fav W.P. Mullins R. Walsh
2nd
SH
Cause Of Causes (USA) 6/1 Fav Gordon Elliott A.P. McCoy
3rd
1 3/4 L
Ipsos Du Berlais (FR) 20/1 Noel Meade G.N. Fox
4th
2 L
Victrix Gale 20/1 A.J.Martin Shane Shortall
5th
2 1/2 L
Home Farm 12/1 A.L.T.Moore D.J. Casey
6th
2 3/4 L
Sweeney Tunes (GB) 33/1 Paul Nolan S. Clements
7th
4 3/4 L
Canaly 20/1 D. T. Hughes M. Darcy
8th
3 3/4 L
Undertheboardwalk 25/1 A.J.Martin R.M. Power
9th
4 1/4 L
Heaney 16/1 T.J. Taaffe B. Hayes
10th
3 1/4 L
Spring Heeled 20/1 J.H. Culloty D.E. Splaine
11th
3 1/2 L
Shot From The Hip (GER) 33/1 E. J. O'Grady S.J. Hassett
12th
14 L
Carrig Millie 33/1 Michael Cullen D.E. Mullins
13th
3 L
Clonbanan Lad 16/1 Henry de Bromhead A.E. Lynch
14th
1 1/2 L
Questions Answered 16/1 E. McNamara R.J. Jones
15th
3 3/4 L
Sumkindasuprstar 50/1 John O. Clifford A.F. O'Neill
16th
2 L
Your Busy 25/1 J.A. Nash K. Walsh
17th
Nose
Panther Claw 8/1 Paul Nolan D.N. Russell
18th
1 L
Romanesco (FR) 16/1 Gordon Elliott N. Carberry
19th
16 L
Churchfield Champ 50/1 Paul John Gilligan R.C. Colgan
20th
39 L
The Amarillo Kid 33/1 W.F. Codd J.S. McGarvey
21st
3/4 L
Ballinahow Lady 33/1 David M.O'Brien J.L. Cullen
22nd
3 3/4 L
The Shepherd King 25/1 Thomas Cooper P. Carberry
p.u.
Jacksonslady 33/1 J.P.Dempsey Andrew J. McNamara
b.d.
Competitive Edge 20/1 Conor O'Dwyer M.P. Walsh
p.u.
Rich Revival 14/1 Miss Elizabeth Doyle A.P. Heskin
fell
Hunting Party 14/1 D. T. Hughes B.J. Cooper
p.u.
Sin Palo 33/1 W.P. Mullins P. Townend
fell
Daring Article 8/1 Robert Tyner P.T. Enright
n.r.
Sraid Padraig A.J.Martin D.E. Mullins
n.r.
Cross Appeal Noel Meade P. Carberry

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