Boylesports Champion Chase
Grade 1, Punchestown 17:30
€200,000 added,
5yo plus,
2m, Class 1    
Tuesday 28th April 2015

1 Felix Yonger 5/1
2 Baily Green 40/1
3 Hidden Cyclone 7/2
NR: Sizing Europe (IRE)
9 ran Distances: ½l, 16l, ¾l
TIME 4m 6.60s (slow by 6.60s)

Felix Yonger beats Baily Green by half a length to secure victory in a thrilling Champion Chase at Punchestown

Felix Yonger
© Caroline Norris

Felix Yonger
Felix Yonger was one of three runners in the Grade One contest for Willie Mullins, with stable jockey Ruby Walsh siding with 3-1 favourite Champagne Fever and Paul Townend aboard Twinlight, leaving Danny Mullins to partner the apparent third string.

A 5-1 shot off the back of winning his last three races, Felix Yonger was waited with in the two-mile feature before gradually making headway to close on the leaders down the back straight.

With Champagne Fever and Hidden Cyclone emptying before the home turn, it was left to Felix Yonger and 40-1 shot Baily Green to fight it out, with the former winning the argument by half a length.

Hidden Cyclone was back in third, but Champagne Fever was well beaten.

Mullins said: "That's great for Danny. He went off to America the last two weekends and rode four winners. He's riding out of his skin.

"He's riding full of confidence. He sat on him and waited his turn, letting his lungs fill with air and came with one run. It paid off.

"He has the confidence to ride him like that and when the horse hits a flat spot he leaves him alone until he comes right. They are a good partnership.

"We thought it was a very open race going out. Ruby said Champagne Fever slipped going into the first and was never right after. Paul said Twinlight hit a wing in mid-air and his race was gone then.

"Felix Yonger is a good horse. They are calling it good to yielding but there is a lot more good in it and that suits him so I thought he might come into it. It didn't surprise me.

"We'll probably put him away now."

Boylesports Champion Chase
€200,000 added, 5yo plus, 2m, Class 1
9 ran
Going: Good to Yielding

Pos Dist Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Felix Yonger (IRE) 5/1 D E Mullins
11-12
W P Mullins 9
2nd ½ Baily Green (IRE) 40/1 M A Enright
11-12
M F Morris 9
3rd 16 Hidden Cyclone (IRE) 7/2 Andrew J McNamara
11-12
J J Hanlon 10
4th ¾ Mallowney (IRE) 4/1 D N Russell
11-12
T Doyle 9
5th 13 Champagne Fever (IRE) 3/1f R Walsh
11-12
W P Mullins 8
6th Twinlight (FR) 7/1 P Townend
11-12
W P Mullins 8
7th 34 Flemenstar (IRE) 8/1 K M Donoghue
11-12
A J Martin 10
PU Savello (IRE) 28/1 B J Cooper
11-12
A J Martin 9
F Oscar Hill (IRE) 50/1 T J O'Brien
11-12
D G Bridgwater 9
NR Sizing Europe (IRE) 12/1 J J Burke
11-12
H de Bromhead 13

Ladbrokes

Past Results:

Year Horse Age/Wt/Owner Trainer Jockey
2014 Sizing Europe 7/1 12-11-12
Ann & Alan Potts P’ship
Henry de Bromhead Andrew Lynch
2013 Sprinter Sacre
1/9 Fav
7-11-12
Mrs Caroline Mould
Nicky Henderson GB Barry Geraghty
2012 Sizing Europe
8/13 Fav
10-11-12
Ann & Alan Potts P’ship
Henry de Bromhead Andrew Lynch
2011 Big Zeb
9/4
10-11-12
Pat Redmond
Colm Murphy Barry Geraghty
2010 Golden Silver
12/1
8-11-12
Violet O’Leary
Willie Mullins Paul Townend
2009 Master Minded 30/100 Fav 6-11-12
Clive Smith
Paul Nicholls GB Ruby Walsh
2008 Twist Magic
6/4 Fav
6-11-12
Barry Fulton, Tony Hayward, Michael Lynch
Paul Nicholls GB Ruby Walsh
2007 Mansony 13/2 8-11-12
Michael Mulholland
Arthur Moore Davy Russell
2006 Newmill 5/4 Fav 8-11-12
Mary Hayes
John Murphy Andrew McNamara
2005 Rathgar Beau 8/1 9-11-12
One-O-Eight Racing Club
Eamon Sheehy Shay Barry
2004 Moscow Flyer 4/11 Fav 10-11-12
Brian Kearney
Jessica Harrington Barry Geraghty
2003 Flagship Uberalles 8/1 9-12-00
J P McManus
Philip Hobbs GB Richard Johnson
2002 Strong Run 4/1 9-12-00
Michael McGrath
Noel Meade Paul Carberry
*2001 Micko’s Dream 5/1 9-12-00
Sport Racing Club
Willie Mullins Ruby Walsh
2000 Get Real 3/1 9-11-06
Pioneer Heat-Treatment
Nicky Henderson GB Mick Fitzgerald
1999 Celibate 7/1 8-11-09
Stamford Bridge P’ship
Charlie Mann GB Richard Dunwoody
1998 Big Matt 16/1 10-10-11
Ted Benfield & Bill Brown
Nicky Henderson GB Mick Fitzgerald
1997 Klairon Davis 11/10 Fav 8-12-00
Chris Jones
Arthur Moore Francis Woods
1996 Klairon Davis 5/2 7-12-00
Chris Jones
Arthur Moore Francis Woods
1995 Strong Platinum 3/1 Fav 7-11-01
Theresa McCoubrey
Paddy Burke Conor O’Dwyer
1994 Saraemma 16/1 8-10-12
Dermot Cox
Homer Scott Kevin O’Brien
1993 Viking Flagship 5/4 Fav 6-10-07
Roach Foods Ltd
David Nicholson GB Richard Dunwoody
1992 The Musical Priest 8/1 10-10-07
Mrs Seamus Purcell
Michael Purcell Jason Titley
1991 Good For A Laugh 8/1 7-9-11
Dr Michael Smurfit
Arthur Moore Charlie Swan
1990 Rust Never Sleeps 14/1 6-10-06
D M Murphy
Austin Leahy Gerry O’Neill
1989 Super Furrow 12/1 9-12-00
Mrs M Marshall
Jerry O’Neill Padge Gill
1988 Flying Ferret 8/1 7-9-07
Mrs V O’Leary
Tony Redmond Brendan Powell
1987 Eddie Wee 11/2 Jt Fav 11-10-12
Mrs Y Rock
Billy Rock Conor O’Dwyer
1986 Another Brownie 6/1 7-9-07
S Lucey
M McGrath J P Byrne
1985 Buck House 11/10 Fav 7-11-07
Mrs S Purcell
Mouse Morris Tommy Carmody
1984 Travelowen 6/4 Fav 7-12-00
Mrs M Kelly
Tom Costello Mr Tom Costello
1983 Turloughmore Lad 7/1 8-9-07
M McDonagh
Paddy Norris Paul Leech
1982 Light The Wad 3/1 9-11-03
Exors of Patrick Downey
Dessie Hughes Tom Morgan
1981 Light The Wad 6/1 8-10-10
Patrick Downey
Dessie Hughes Frank Leavy
1980 Paddy Bouler 7/4 Fav 7-11-04
P Rooney
Pat Rooney S Lynch