Neville Hotels Novice Chase
|Grade 1, Leopardstown 13:45
3m, Class 1
1 Fury Road 7/1
2 Run Wild Fred 9/4F
3 Vanillier 5/2
8 ran Distances: 8l, 10l, nk
Time: 6m 19.90s (slow by 37.90s)
Fury Road beats stablemate Run Wild Fred for a stylish win in the Neville Hotels Novice Chase under @jackkennedy15 for @gelliott_racing @LeopardstownRC pic.twitter.com/8xoVLM6Wwn— RacingBetter (@RacingBetter) December 30, 2021
https://t.co/l7TDlHUp8K via @RacingBetter
Gordon Elliott had saddled four of the last six winners of the Grade One contest, with No More Heroes, Shattered Love, Delta Work and Battleoverdoyen all successful in the colours of Gigginstown House Stud.
Troytown Chase winner Run Wild Fred appeared this year’s chief hope for the Elliott-Gigginstown axis, but he was ultimately no match for his stablemate Fury Road.
Jack Kennedy’s mount was a 7-1 shot off the back of finishing third in the Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse and the application of cheek pieces for the first time appeared to have the desired effect.
Run Wild Fred gave chase from the home turn, but Fury Road was well on top as he passed the post with eight lengths in hand.
Elliott said: “Fury Road disappointed me the last day. I thought he had a great chance in the Drinmore and he kind of pulled up when he got to the front, so I put cheek pieces on him today and it seemed to work well.
“Jack was sweet on him and I’d say a bit drier ground today probably suited him.
“His novice hurdle form was very good. If you go back to that run against Monkfish and Latest Exhibition, that was very good form.”
Of Run Wild Fred, he added: “I’d say he could do with 10 more jumps the way he jumped – he jumped brilliant.
“He’d have been a good winner if you took Fury Road out of it. He’ll be OK.”
Neville Hotels Novice Steeplechase
3m, €100,000 guaranteed
Going: Yielding, Good to Yielding in places
POS. FORM HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 Fury Road 7 11-12 Gordon Elliott Jack Kennedy 7/1
2 8 Run Wild Fred 7 11-12 Gordon Elliott Davy Russell 9/4F
3 10 Vanillier 6 11-12 Gavin Cromwell Keith Donoghue 5/2
4 nk Max Flamingo 6 11-12 Francis Casey P J O'Hanlon 28/1
5 7½ Bacardys 10 11-12 W P Mullins Danny Mullins 12/1
6 9 Ontheropes 7 11-12 W P Mullins Paul Townend 7/1
7 81 Ashdale Bob 6 11-12 Mrs John Harrington Sean O'Keeffe 12/1
REF Mr Incredible 5 11-12 Henry De Bromhead Rachael Blackmore 10/1