Paddy Power Chase
BETDAQ
(Extended Handicap Chase)
Leopardstown
14:55
Grade B, €190,000
3m100y, 5yo+  
Sunday 27th December 2015

1 Minella Foru 7/1
2 Ucello Conti 25/1
3 Folsom Blue 20/1
4 Gilgamboa 4/1F
5 The Job Is Right 16/1
NR: Daring Article (IRE), Jacksonslady (IRE), Jansboy
28 ran Distances: 1½l, 3¼l, ½l
TIME 6m 40.90s (slow by 52.90s)

Minella Foru comes out on top in an eventful stayers' chase to complete doubles for Eddie Harty and Barry Geraghty

Minella Foru
© Caroline Norris
Minella Foru

Barry Geraghty steered Minella Foru to a lucrative victory in the ultra-competitive Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown.

Carrying the colours of JP McManus, Eddie Harty's six-year-old was a 7-1 shot for the three-mile contest, with the leading owner also responsible for heavily-backed favourite Gilgamboa, among others.

Those who joined in the gamble on 4-1 market leader Gilgamboa will have been happy enough rounding the home turn, with crack conditional Jack Kennedy sitting confidently in the lead. However, he was claimed by both Ucello Conti and Minella Foru after the final fence and it was the latter who found most for pressure to score by a length and a half.

Folsom Blue got rolling late to deny Gilgamboa third place.

Prolific mare Ballychorus was still in with every chance when falling at the final fence, bringing down the fancied Sumos Novios, who looked beaten at the time.

Minella Foru's victory completed a double on the day for Harty following Copy That's success under Kennedy in the previous race.

It was a third winner of the afternoon for McManus at the track.

The Paddy Power Steeplechase
Grade B, €190,000, 3m100y, 5yo+
28 ran
Going: Heavy

Pos Dist Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Minella Foru (IRE) 7/1 B J Geraghty
10-8
E P Harty 6
2nd Ucello Conti (FR) 25/1 J Ricou
10-11
G Elliott 7
3rd Folsom Blue (IRE) 20/1 S A Shortall (5)
10-4
M F Morris 8
4th ½ Gilgamboa (IRE) 4/1f J W Kennedy (5)
11-10
E Bolger 7
5th 2 The Job Is Right 16/1 D N Russell
10-11
M Hourigan 7
6th nk Riverside City (IRE) 16/1 Ms N Carberry
9-10
G Elliott 6
7th Dromnea (IRE) 25/1 M A Enright
10-6
M F Morris 8
8th Futuramic (IRE) 50/1 R C Colgan
9-11
A Lynch 8
9th 6 Heathfield (IRE) 14/1 M P Walsh
10-7
A J Martin 8
10th Los Amigos (IRE) 20/1 A E Lynch
10-12
D A McLoughlin 8
11th 2 Knockanarrigan (IRE) 25/1 I J McCarthy
9-10
Ms Sandra Hughes 7
12th 15 Cause Of Causes (USA) 20/1 A P Crowe
11-3
G Elliott 7
13th Spring Heeled (IRE) 33/1 G N Fox (3)
11-5
J H Culloty 8
14th Urano (FR) 25/1 N M Kelly (7)
10-11
W P Mullins 7
15th ½ Rossvoss 11/1 Ms K Walsh
10-6
T M Walsh 7
16th 14 Dushrembrandt (IRE) 50/1 J M Moore (7)
9-11
R Tyner 9
PU My Murphy (IRE) 16/1 R M Power
11-0
W J Burke 9
PU Operating (IRE) 50/1 L P Dempsey (3)
11-0
G Elliott 8
PU Captain Von Trappe (IRE) 20/1 B J Cooper
10-11
G Elliott 6
PU Dogora (FR) 12/1 R Walsh
10-7
W P Mullins 6
PU Empire Of Dirt (IRE) 14/1 John J Fitzpatrick (7)
10-6
C A Murphy 8
PU Perfect Promise (IRE) 33/1 S W Flanagan
10-4
J J Mangan 7
F Gallant Oscar (IRE) 20/1 D Meyler (7)
11-8
A J Martin 9
F Ballychorus (IRE) 16/1 A P Heskin
10-12
Ms M Mullins 6
UR Carriganog (IRE) 33/1 B R Dalton (3)
10-3
A P O'Brien 6
BD Sumos Novios (IRE) (ex9) 8/1 B Hayes
10-6
W J Burke 7
RR Grand Jesture (IRE) 25/1 J J Burke
11-5
H de Bromhead 7
RR Cantlow (IRE) 25/1 J S McGarvey (3)
10-9
P R Webber 10
NR Jacksonslady (IRE) 25/1 Ms N Carberry
11-0
J P Dempsey 10
NR Daring Article (IRE) 25/1 M J Bolger
9-13
R Tyner 9
NR Jansboy 50/1 Reserve 3
9-10
N Dooly 8

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