Some Plan flourishes at Naas as American Tom crashes out
Sunday 8 January 2017
By Racinguk.com staff
Some Plan got his season back on track with a comprehensive success in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Novice Chase at Naas.
Formerly trained by Tom George and Paul Nicholls in Britain, the nine-year-old joined Henry de Bromhead before the start of this season and made an impressive start to his chasing career at Punchestown in October.
He was still in contention when falling two fences from the finish in an Arkle trial at Cheltenham in November, but was the 7-1 outsider of four for his latest assignment.
David Mullins positioned Some Plan prominently from the off, with 8-15 favourite American Tom racing alongside.
Some Plan went into a clear lead after American Tom fluffed his lines at the fourth fence, after which the market leader weakened and looked well beaten when taking a crashing fall four fences from the finish.
Both horse and jockey Ruby Walsh were quickly on their feet. American Tom, trained by Willie Mullins, was subsequently found to be suffering from a lung infection.
Some Plan, meanwhile, continued on his way up front and while Road To Respect briefly threatened to make a race of it on the run to the final obstacle, De Bromhead's charge stayed on well to prevail by five and a half lengths.
Stone Hard was last of the three finishers.
"My lad travelled well the whole way. He ran into the first a bit, he's so accurate and so quick he forgets to get enough height sometimes," said Mullins of the winner.
"When he puts it all together he could be a Cheltenham horse. I definitely thought I had another gear the last day. I'd say the winner, Le Prezien, did as well, but I was going every bit as well as him and I'd say I had plenty down the hill.
"That was another day, though, and he's done it well today. You can't fault him and he deserves it.
"He's still a big baby for an old horse and when he does start to learn, and put his best foot forward over fences, he'll take a fair bit of beating over two miles."
Art Of Security mowed down long-time leader Turbojet to claim top honours in the I.N.H. Stallion Owners European Breeders Fund Maiden Hurdle.
The winner of a Navan bumper last season, the Noel Meade-trained Art Of Security disappointed on his first two starts over obstacles, but raised his game to finish third behind the high-class Bacardys at Leopardstown over the festive period.
Turbojet, the 3-1 joint-favourite along with Arvico Bleu, set out to make all the running, but his stride began to shorten on the run to the final flight.
Art Of Security was almost on terms on jumping the obstacle and picked up well on the run-in to score by two and three-quarter lengths under Sean Flanagan.
Turbojet had just enough in the tank to hold onto the runner-up spot from Arvico Bleu.
Meade said: "I thought he'd win as he ran very well in Leopardstown. Sean thought the ground was a bit quick for him then and said he was flat out from the second-last.
"He won a bumper on soft ground and I think he's a reasonable horse.I suppose he'll go for a winners' race, but we'll see what way the handicapper rates him.
"It's so difficult at the moment because no matter what race you go for, a Grade Three or a Grade One, they are all the same and you run into the same horses.
"It's the same for any of those horses that win. The next step is a big one."