Paddy Power Chase
BETDAQ
(Extended Handicap Chase)
Leopardstown
15:00
Grade B, €200,000
3m 100y, 5yo+  
Thursday 27th December 2018

1 Auvergnat 28/1
2 Vieux Morvan 33/1
3 Fitzhenry 25/1
4 Solomn Grundy 6/1
27 ran NR: Killer Miller, Slowmotion Distances: 6½l, 2½l, ½l
Time: 6m 7.90s (slow by 19.90s)

Auvergnat
© Caroline Norris
Auvergnat

Auvergnat gave owner JP McManus another Paddy Power Chase victory when comfortably taking the €200,000 contest for Donie McInerney and Enda Bolger, ahead of Joseph O’Brien’s Vieux Movan who led throughout most of the race. Another McManus runner Fitzhenry was third, ahead of Solomn Grundy.

It was JP McManus' third Paddy Power Chase in four years - and a seventh in all - although the winner Auvergnat was the ‘wrong one’ for many punters.

The legendary owner’s colours were carried by eight runners in the most valuable race of the Christmas period and one of them, Any Second Now, was a major gamble to 5-1 favourite.

Some of that support at least could have been due to Mark Walsh’s presence on Any Second Now’s back.

The rider had enjoyed three winners earlier on the card including a surprise Grade One victory for the English trained stalwart Simply Ned. It brought his winner total for the week so far to five.

However Walsh’s hot-streak ground to a halt on Any Second Now who stayed on to be fifth but like everything else had no answer to the 28-1 outsider Auvergnat.

Instead it was Donie McInerney who did the steering on the biggest winner of his career less than two years after he rode his first ever winner on the same horse in a Cross-Country race at Punchestown.

In the interim the young Co. Limerick jockey was crowned champion conditional jockey last season and landing the coveted €200,000 handicap prize represents another step in his career.

“Things get tighter when you get down to 3lbs (claiming) but this will keep it going for another while and it’s great to get it,” McInerney said who dropped his whip on the run-in but still won by over six lengths.

It completed a tumultuous 24 hours for the jockey who on St Stephen’s Day looked likely to win a chase at Limerick only for his mount to crash out through a wing at the final fence.

Auvergnat’s trainer Enda Bolger also revealed that his latest riding protégé had been first into work on Christmas Day, mucking out and riding out.

“That’s why he’s getting the chances he’s getting. It’s not by accident. Mr McManus is always great to give young lads a chance,” Bolger said.

The Paddy Power Steeplechase
Grade B, €200,000, 3m100y, 5yo+
27 ran
Going: Good

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Auvergnat (FR) 28/1 D J McInerney (3)
10-5
E Bolger 8
2nd Vieux Morvan (FR) 33/1 J J Slevin
10-11
Joseph P O'Brien 9
3rd Fitzhenry (IRE) 25/1 P D Kennedy
10-7
P Nolan 6
4th ½ Solomn Grundy (IRE) 6/1 H Morgan (7)
10-3
H De Bromhead 8
5th nk Any Second Now (IRE) 5/1f M P Walsh
11-1
T M Walsh 6
6th hd Blazer (FR) 16/1 J S McGarvey
10-13
W P Mullins 7
7th Dounikos (FR) 33/1 C Brassil (5)
11-9
G Elliott 7
8th ¾ Rogue Angel (IRE) 28/1 J W Kennedy
10-11
G Elliott 10
9th 2 General Principle (IRE) 33/1 Ms L O'Neill
11-4
G Elliott 9
10th Scoir Mear (IRE) 20/1 C D Maxwell
10-4
T Mullins 8
11th 3 Timeforwest (IRE) 33/1 Mark Bolger
10-3
Peter Fahey 6
12th 6 Carlingford Lough (IRE) 22/1 B J Geraghty
11-4
J E Kiely 12
13th Orion D'Aubrelle (FR) 40/1 Mr R Deegan (5)
10-9
W P Mullins 5
14th 27 Woods Well (IRE) 33/1 B Hayes
10-12
G Elliott 7
15th Polidam (FR) 20/1 P Townend
11-5
W P Mullins 9
16th De Name Escapes Me (IRE) (ex14) 13/2 N P Madden
10-7
N Meade 8
17th Pairofbrowneyes (IRE) 16/1 D E Mullins
11-7
W P Mullins 9
18th nk Borice (FR) 12/1 D N Russell
10-11
G Elliott 7
19th 41 Arkwrisht (FR) 25/1 Rachael Blackmore
10-11
Joseph P O'Brien 8
PU Livelovelaugh (IRE) 9/1 R Walsh
10-11
W P Mullins 8
PU Drumconnor Lad (IRE) 50/1 R C Colgan
10-7
A Keatley 8
PU Minella Beau (IRE) 28/1 D J Mullins
10-6
W P Mullins 7
F Squouateur (FR) 20/1 D Meyler
10-12
G Elliott 7
F Goose Man (IRE) 22/1 L A McKenna
10-8
T J Taaffe 6
F Black Scorpion (IRE) 14/1 S W Flanagan
10-5
E McNamara 7
UR Jett (IRE) 25/1 S F O'Keeffe (7)
11-6
Mrs J Harrington 7
UR Snugsborough Benny (IRE) 12/1 D F O'Regan
10-10
L P Cusack 8
NR Slowmotion (FR) L A McKenna (7)
11-0
Joseph P O'Brien 6
NR Killer Miller (IRE) S J Crimin (5)
10-5
N Meade 9
NR Dont Kick Nor Bite (IRE) Reserve 2
10-2
R Tyner 7
NR Close Shave Reserve 3
10-2
Mrs J Harrington 7

PREVIOUS WINNERS:
PADDY POWER HANDICAP STEEPLECHASE

YEAR       WINNER AGE TRAINER JOCKEY
2017 Anibale Fly 7 Tony Martin D Meyler
2016 Noble Endeavor 7 Gordon Elliott Davy Russell
2015 Minella Foru 6 Edward Harty Barry Geraghty
2014 Living Next Door 8 Tony Martin Denis O’Regan
2013 Rockyaboya 9 Willie Mullins Ruby Walsh
2012 Colbert Station  8 Ted Walsh AP McCoy
2011 Cross Appeal        5 Noel Meade Paul Carberry
2010 Majestic Concorde 7 Dermot Weld Mr Robbie McNamara
2009 Oscar Time 8 Martin Lynch Robbie Power
2008 Wheresben 9 Seamus Fahey Mr Jarlath Fahey
2007 Newbay Prop 8 Tony Martin Ross Geraghty