Paddy Power Chase
(Extended Handicap Chase)
Grade B, €190,000
3m100y, 5yo+  
Saturday 27th December 2014

1 Living Next Door 20/1
2 Foxrock 7/2F
3. Vics Canvas 14/1
4 The Job Is Right 25/1
5 Owega Star 10/1
NR: Back Off Mate (IRE), Behemoth (IRE), Heaney (IRE), Subtle Ben (IRE)
26 ran Distances: 1¼l, hd, 2l
TIME 6m 45.90s (slow by 57.90s)

Living Next Door takes the Paddypower Chase giving trainer Tony Martin jockey Denis O' Regan and owner John Breslin a double on the day

Living Next Door
© Caroline Norris

Living Next Door

Denis O'Regan's decision to make the journey back to Ireland was fully vindicated when he produced Living Next Door with a typically patient ride to win the hugely valuable Paddy Power Chase.

A close fifth in the four-miler at Cheltenham in March, Tony Martin's charge had shown little in two runs this season but bounced right back to his best under his confident jockey, who had earlier won on the yard's Blair Perrone.

Top-weight Foxrock, sent off the 7-2 favourite, made a bold bid under Adrian Heskin and had everything else in trouble approaching the final fence, but O'Regan had stalked him into the straight going particularly well.

The eight-year-old put in a massive leap and the 20-1 chance saw off his rival by a length and a quarter, with Vics Canvas running a fine race in third and The Job Is Right fourth in a thrilling finish.

Martin said: "These are the sort of races you like winning. You target them, and it's wonderful that it's worked out. Every fence he made ground and O'Regan gave him the ride of the year as far as I'm concerned.

" We'll have a think about where we go next, but he won't be going anywhere for at least a month anyway."

The Paddy Power Steeplechase
Grade B, €190,000, 3m100y, 5yo+
26 ran
Going: Heavy, Soft in places

Pos Dist Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Living Next Door (IRE) 20/1 D F O'Regan
A J Martin 8
2nd Foxrock (IRE) 7/2f A P Heskin
T M Walsh 6
3rd hd Vics Canvas (IRE) 14/1 C D Maxwell (3)
D A McLoughlin 11
4th 2 The Job Is Right 25/1 M A Enright
M Hourigan 6
5th 7 Owega Star (IRE) 10/1 D N Russell
Peter Fahey 7
6th 2 Abbey Lane (IRE) 25/1 P Townend
W P Mullins 9
7th Goonyella (IRE) 14/1 A E Lynch
J T R Dreaper 7
8th hd More Madness (IRE) 33/1 R C Colgan
T O'Brien 7
9th My Murphy (IRE) 14/1 R M Power
W J Burke 8
10th 3 Groody Hill (IRE) 6/1 A P McCoy
C Roche 8
11th ½ Ipsos Du Berlais (FR) 25/1 G N Fox (5)
N Meade 8
12th ½ Grand Jesture (IRE) (ex7) 12/1 J J Burke (3)
H De Bromhead 6
13th Colbert Station (IRE) 40/1 N P Madden
T M Walsh 10
14th 24 Klepht (IRE) 50/1 D J Mullins (7)
T Mullins 9
PU Christopher Wren (USA) 33/1 J S McGarvey (3)
N J Gifford 7
PU Rogue Angel (IRE) 20/1 B J Cooper
M F Morris 6
PU Portrait King (IRE) 16/1 D E Mullins
M Phelan 9
PU Daring Article (IRE) 20/1 P T Enright
R Tyner 8
PU Vasco Du Mee (FR) 16/1 D J Condon
G Elliott 5
PU Call Rog (IRE) 20/1 A P Crowe
M F Morris 6
PU Wrong Turn (IRE) 20/1 S A Shortall (5)
A J Martin 8
PU Loch Dara (IRE) 50/1 S J Gray (3)
L Whitmore 8
F Dogora (FR) 16/1 R Walsh
W P Mullins 5
F Rye Martini (IRE) 25/1 L P Dempsey (5)
C A Murphy 7
F Nearly Nama'd (IRE) 33/1 R Loughran
Ms S Hughes 6
F The Westener Boy (IRE) 10/1 M P Walsh
C A Murphy 7
NR Heaney (IRE) P Carberry
T J Taaffe 7
NR Subtle Ben (IRE) R C Colgan
Miss E Doyle 7
NR Back Off Mate (IRE) D J Casey
A L T Moore 6
NR Behemoth (IRE) Reserve 2
P Nolan 5

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