Ryanair Novice Chase
|Grade 1, Punchestown 18:40
2m, Class 1
|Thursday 27th April 2017|
1 Great Field 9/10F
2 Ordinary World 7/1
3 Ball D'Arc 11/2
8 ran NR: A Toi Phil Distances: 11l, 2¼l, 5½l
Time: 4m 6.50s (slow by 8.50s
Great Field in a different league
Great Field looked an exciting prospect when cruising to an impressive victory in the Grade 1 over two miles for trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Jody McGarvey, who was celebrating his first top-level success.
J P McManus's six-year-old made it four wins from as many starts over fences as he came home 11 lengths clear of Ordinary World.
"Jody and he make a great team. Jody was very brave and the horse responded. He's a horse with a super engine, he loves jumping and obviously has huge talent," said Mullins.
"He was just getting into a nice rhythm. There was less worry today than other days and that was probably due to the better ground.
"When he jumped clear you could really see him for what he is. We always thought he was a fantastic horse and were disappointed when he pulled up at Cheltenham last year.
"He's obviously a nice horse for the future and we'll talk to J P (McManus) and Frank (Berry) about what they want to do. They have a lot of horses so they need to keep them apart."
A delighted McGarvey added: "The saddle was gone going to the second last. He can get in and give a few a rub - I'd say he rubbed one a bit too hard and brought the girth with him. I was just hoping it would stay in place after the last. There was a sigh of relief to say the least when we got away safely from the last.
"But what a horse, what an engine. The speed he was going a couple of times down the back, I was long. It was do or die and he came. He has his own way of doing things, but is rock solid on his feet. I am very lucky to be sitting on him. It is the best feeling in the world.
"At the start of the year, you have the festivals to look forward to. I was hoping to get a ride, but never thought I'd be coming here riding an odds-on shot from Willie Mullins in a Grade 1. Just being here is a great thrill - to go and win is just marvelous."
Ryanair Novice Chase (Grade 1)
€100,000 added, 5yo plus, 2m, Class 1
Going: Good to Yielding
|Pos||D||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||Great Field (FR) 9/10f||J S McGarvey
|W P Mullins||6|
|2nd||11||Ordinary World (IRE) 7/1||D N Russell
|H de Bromhead||7|
|3rd||2¼||Ball D'Arc (FR) 11/2||B J Cooper
|4th||5½||Listen Dear (IRE) 16/1||P Townend
|W P Mullins||7|
|5th||11||Powersbomb (IRE) 20/1||M P Fogarty
|Brian M McMahon||7|
|F||Ballyoisin (IRE) 7/1||M P Walsh
|F||Townshend (GER) 8/1||R Walsh
|W P Mullins||6|
|UR||Baily Cloud (IRE) 20/1||D J Mullins
|M F Morris||7|
|NR||A Toi Phil (FR)||J W Kennedy
Year Horse Age/Wt Owner Trainer Jockey SP
2016 Douvan 6-11-10 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins Ruby Walsh 2/9F
2015 Un De Sceaux 7-11-10 Edward O’Connell Willie Mullins Ruby Walsh 1/10 Fav
2014 God’s Own 6-11-10 Crossed Fingers P’ship Tom George GB Barry Geraghty 25/1
2013 Arvika Ligeionniere 8-11-10 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins Ruby Walsh 7/2 Fav
2012 Lucky William 8-11-10 Garden Kingdom Synd. Tom Cooper Barry Geraghty 4/1
2011 Captain Chris 7-11-12 Diana Whateley Philip Hobbs GB Richard Johnson 4/6 Fav
2010 Captain Cee Bee 9-11-12 J P McManus Eddie Harty A P McCoy 4/1
2009 Barker 8-11-12 E Duignan Willie Mullins David Casey 11/2
2008 Big Zeb 7-11-12 Patrick Redmond Colm Murphy Barry Geraghty 4/1
2007 Another Promise 8-11-12 Geoff Hubbard Racing Ferdy Murphy GB Graham Lee 5/1
2006 Accordion Etoile 7-11-12 Banjo Syndicate Paul Nolan John Cullen 9/4
2005 War Of Attrition 6-11-12 Gigginstown House Stud Mouse Morris Conor O’Dwyer 3/1
2004 Say Again 8-11-12 Sean Duggan Paul Nolan John Cullen 6/1
2003 Le Roi Miguel 5-11-05 Judy Stewart Paul Nicholls GB Ruby Walsh 8/11 Fav
2002 Moscow Flyer 8-11-12 Brian Kearney Jessica Harrington Barry Geraghty 2/5 Fav
*2001 Alcapone 7-11-12 Castleblake Racing Synd. Mouse Morris David Casey 10/1
2000 Tiutchev 7-11-09 Liars Poker Partnership Nicky Henderson GB Mick Fitzgerald 9/10 Fav
1999 Sydney Twothousand 9-11-05 Mrs Michael Watt Noel Meade Norman Williamson 11/2
1998 Direct Route 7-11-09 Michael Thompson Howard Johnson GB Paul Carberry 11/10 Fav
1997 Jeffell 7-12-00 Thomas Bailey Arthur Moore Francis Woods 11/8 Fav
1996 Ventana Canyon 7-12-00 Philip Myerscough Edward O’Grady Richard Dunwoody 5/4 Fav
1995 Strong Platinum 7-12-00 Theresa McCoubrey Paddy Burke Conor O’Dwyer 7/4
1994 Oh So Grumpy 6-11-08 Mrs E Queally Jessica Harrington Jamie Osborne 20/1
1993 Viking Flagship 6-12-00 Roach Foods Ltd David Nicholson GB Richard Dunwoody 4/1
1992 Classical Charm 9-11-08 Al O’Connell Al O’Connell Ken Morgan 8/1