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Sept 30th

Gowran Park

Champion Chase

A disappointing field of five for this renewal of a Grade 2 that Sizing Europe monopolised between 2011 and 2014. His trainer is represented here by the easy Galway Plate winner Balko Des Flo who had Shaneshill almost 5L behind that day. The winner travelled beautifully through the race and jumped for fun. He's only a 6yo and there is surely more to come from him. Shaneshill, who was giving the winner 7lb, made a bad mistake two out that day but would hardly have beaten the easy winner. He appeared four days later but again made a bad mistake, this time five out, when nearly unseating Ruby Walsh. A Toi Phil is a tricky ride who has to come late. He was just over six lengths behind the winner in the Galway Plate and then finished just over 7L behind the winner of the Kerry National in Listowel to whom he was giving 17lb.He has a few pounds to find on the ratings with the top three Ballycasey, who won this race last year, finished well down the field in the Plate on his first run in seventy nine days. He put up a much better showing in a 2m hurdle when just going down by a head to the useful The Game Changer who was in receipt of 7lb. Kylecrue looks outclassed on the ratings. Balko Des Flos looks to be a progressive sort who should be capable of improving on his rating of 158 which is the same as Shaneshill and Ballycasey. This has been an early season target for Ballycasey and that race at Listowel should have left him spot on while Balko Des Flos and Shaneshill haven't been seen since Galway. The latter two are plenty short enough in the betting while Ballycasey might represent a bit of value and is the selection