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RYANAIR NOVICE CHASE GRADE 1 – REVIEW

Chacun Pour Soi

2nd May 2019 – Punchestown – He made one small error at the fourth last flight but was perfect aside from that. He enjoyed by far the best trip from the home bend until the winning line and, although he may well have been the best horse on the day anyway, his winning margin would have been much less if his main danger had not been hampered by the loose horse.

Defi Du Seuil

2nd May 2019 – Punchestown – He was in prime position half a length behind the eventual winner as they turned for home. He was also trading long odds on in running at this point in time. The loose horse got on his inside and forced him to slow down to manoeuvre round his inside before the second last fence. This resulted in him being left at least three lengths behind as they jumped two out. He then used his potent turn of foot up to close down the winner approaching the final fence before the Mullins horse outstayed him from the final fence. My instinctive reaction was that the winner was comfortably the best horse on the day. I am less sure after watching this race many times. Yes the Mullins horse kicked clear again close home; however I strongly suspect that Defi Du Seuil tired having already used his one burst of speed up by then. If they compete against each other again I doubt there will be much in it and they both may turn out to be Champion Chase contenders next season. At this point in time I would prefer to allow the market to be my guide when choosing between them on another day.

Duc Des Genievres

2nd May 2019 – Punchestown – The form of the Arkle has not worked out well and this was another nail in its coffin. I doubt very much that this horse will be troubling the best two mile chasers next season. Perhaps he will do better on softer ground and/or over further.

Voix Du Reve

2nd May 2019 – Punchestown – He has had enough chances at grade one level and this performance might be close to what he is.

Ornua

2nd May 2019 – Punchestown – He was far too free out in front and gave himself little chance in the process.

Us And Them

2nd May 2019 – Punchestown – He took off far too early at the third fence and unseated his rider as a result.

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