3m Paddy Power Chase (Extended Handicap Chase) (Grade B) (5yo+ 0-150)
A race that often goes to up and coming progressive types. AINT THAT A SHAME is still a maiden over fences, but how he still manages to hold that title is quite incredible given he looked destined to win the Munster National on his first start of the season. A bad mistake at the last allowed The Big Dog to just collar him on the line and the form of that race has since been strongly franked with The Big Dog winning the Troytown.
Aint That A Shame had strong novice form in behind the likes of Stattler, Gallopin Des Champs and Champagne Platinum last year and whilst he has been raised 7lbs for that close second last time out, his mark of 144 feels like it still underestimates him and with Rachel Blackmore on board, he has an obvious chance.
Noel Meade has a fine record in this race saddling School Boy Hours to victory last year. His entrant, FARCEUR DU LARGE, also holds plenty of potential having put in a career best last time out in a handicap at Punchestown over 2m 6.5f. He is versatile regarding ground and despite a 6lbs rise, he is only on a mark of 136 and would be the typical type to do well in a race like this. He’s another that holds some decent novice form from last year and is entitled to do better on his first attempt over three miles.
1pt win Aint That A Shame 7/1, 15:00 Leopardstown, Tuesday
1pt win Farceur Du Large @14/1, 15:00 Leopardstown, Tuesday