Growise Champion Novice Chase
Grade 1, Punchestown
Race Value: €90,000
5yo plus
3m 1f
Tuesday 29th April 2014

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1 Carlingford Lough 7/2
2 Ballycasey 3/1
3 Morning Assembly 7/4F
NR: Djakadam (FR), Letter Of Credit (IRE)
5 ran Distances: 4¼l, 12l, 4½l
TIME 6m 20.40s (slow by 5.40s)

A P McCoy enjoyed his first success of the meeting when capturing the Grade 1 Growise Champion Novice Chase on Carlingford Lough for trainer John Kiely.

Carlingford Lough
© Caroline Norris

Carlingford Lough

"He's always been a consistent horse and Tony gave him a brilliant ride," said Kiely. "He deserves a holiday now and we'll start him off in conditions races in the autumn and see what happens.

"He's been a very easy horse to train and this was perfect ground for him. There was a lovely cover of grass. He likes to come from behind."

A P McCoy added: "I think in fairness to John Kiely, he did everything because he's been on the go since Galway. It is great training to be able to keep a horse going at the top level.

"He seemed to handle the better ground today. He jumped well today, if a little bit left at times but the trainer really deserves all the credit.

"His owner (J P McManus) told me about a year and a half ago that he would win the Galway Plate. He's got more knowledge than most of us.

"He's done nothing but improve. His jumping has improved and that has helped him to improve. John Kiely deserves all the credit."

Winning owner J P McManus commented: "He hasn't missed a dance all season and to see how he was today is a credit to John Kiely and all his team.

"A P gave him the perfect ride. I'm sure he wouldn't have minded if they had gone a stride faster but he is a horse you have to hang on to for a while. Ruby (Walsh, second on Ballycasey) gave him something to aim at and thankfully he delivered. He is a really nice horse.

"I was tempted to run him in the Grand National but I think John thought too much of him to run him there so we brought him to Punchestown.

The victory saw the John Kiely-trained eight-year-old earn quotes of 25-1 with MansionBet for next year's Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.

"I am very much looking forward to Jezki running later in the week in the Racing Post Champion Hurdle. Hurricane Fly will probably be much more difficult to beat around Punchestown but I am looking forward to it."


Growise Champion Novice Chase (Grade 1)
€90,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 1f, Class 1
5 ran
Going: Good to Yielding

Place Horse / Trainer Jockey Owner SP
2. Carlingford Lough
John E. Kiely
A.P. McCoy
John P. McManus 7/2
4 1/4 L
1. Ballycasey
W.P. Mullins
P. Townend
Mrs S Ricci 3/1
12 L
5. Morning Assembly
D.N. Russell
Clipper Logistics Group Ltd 7/4 F
4 1/2 L
3. Don Cossack (GER)
Gordon Elliott
B.J. Geraghty
Gigginstown House Stud 4/1
51 L
6. Mozoltov (GB)
W.P. Mullins
P. Townend
Gigginstown House Stud 12/1
4. Letter Of Credit
James Joseph Mangan
P.F. Mangan
No Credit Syndicate  
7. Djakadam (FR)
W.P. Mullins
R. Walsh
Mrs S Ricci  

Past Results:

Year Horse Age/Wt Owner Trainer Jockey SP

2013 Mount Benbulben 8-11-10 Barry Connell Gordon Elliott Danny Mullins 14/1

2012 Sir Des Champs 6-11-10 Gigginstown House Stud Willie Mullins Davy Russell 2/7 Fav

2011 Quito De La Roque 7-11-10 Gigginstown House Stud Colm Murphy Davy Russell 7/2

2010 Kempes 7-11-10 J P McManus Willie Mullins A P McCoy 9/1

2009 Rare Bob 7-11-10 D A Syndicate Dessie Hughes Paddy Flood 7/1

2008 Air Force One 6-11-10 Brian Walsh (Co. Kildare) Charlie Mann GB Noel Fehily 2/1

2007 Offshore Account 7-11-10 Brian Polly Charlie Swan Denis O’Regan 16/1

2006 Missed That 7-11-10 Violet O’Leary Willie Mullins David Casey 4/1

2005 Forget The Past 7-11-10 Sean Mulryan Michael O’Brien Timmy Murphy 7/4 Fav

2004 Lord Sam 8-11-08 Plain Peeps Victor Dartnall GB Jim Culloty 5/4 Fav

2003 Heart Midoltian 6-11-00 Mrs Seamus Neville Seamus Neville Davy Russell 16/1

2002 Native Endurance 6-10-09 Patrick J O’Donovan Paddy Mullins David Casey 11/2

*2001 Sackville 8-11-12 Seamus O’Farrell Frances Crowley David Casey 4/11 Fav

2000 Zourito 7-12-00 Wilson Dennison Arthur Moore Barry Cash 100/30

1999 Ferbet Junior 6-12-00 David Attwood Jessica Harrington Barry Geraghty 3/1

1998 Fiddlers Tune 8-11-05 Herb M Stanley Michael Cunningham A P McCoy 7/2

1997 Linton Rocks 8-11-08 Hon. Mrs Townshend Tim Thomson Jones GB Richard Dunwoody 7/4 Fav

1996 Shanagarry 7-12-00 Patrick Heffernan Patrick Heffernan Conor O’Dwyer 3/1

1995 Camitrov 5-11-03 Jim Lewis Simon Christian GB Richard Dunwoody 7/2

1994 Belvederian 7-12-00 Tony O’Reilly Mouse Morris Graham Bradley 8/11 Fav

1993 Force Seven 6-11-05 Sheila Moore Paddy Mullins Trevor Horgan 11/4 Fav

1992 Milford Quay 9-11-10 W A Jones Martin Pipe GB Peter Scudamore 15/8 Fav

* Run at Fairyhouse

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