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Drinmore Novice Chase- 30th November, 2014

The Tullow Tank produced a fine chasing debut at Fairyhouse a few weeks ago and the Sandra Hughes-trained raider will return to the same venue on Sunday to try and build on that effort by winning the Grade 1 Drinmore Novice Chase, which will be a leading Cheltenham Festival trial.

He jumped with aplomb throughout and is already touted as a potential top class chaser and whilst he will need to improve to land a blow in this company he has the scope to be a first rate novice chaser and he sets the standard for this contest.

Willie Mullins will unleash a strong battalion on Sunday's card with Annie Power bidding for glory in the Hatton's Grace Hurdle, but the Co. Carlow handler could be represented by Valseur Lido who was impressive on his first start over the larger obstacles at Punchestown and he is battling it out for favouritism with The Tullow Tank.

Noel Meade's Apache Stronghold will add more class to the top of the betting and he was a winner at Down Royal on his first start over fences and he is another eye-catching chasing recruit, whilst Alelchi Inois and Perfect Gentleman could be another duo representing the red-hot Mullins stable.

Real Steel will take his chance for Mouse Morris and will be another premier contender for punters to watch, with Cause of Causes just another star act potentially lining up in what should be a thrilling, but informative renewal of a race won down the years by some superb horses.

Latest Betting for 2014 Drinmore Novice Chase

2/1 The Tullow Tank

11/4 Valseur Lido

4/1 Apache Stronghold

10/1 Real Steel

10/1 Alelchi Inois

12/1 Cause Of Causes

16/1 Perfect Gentleman

20/1 Sadler's Risk

20/1 Aerlite Supreme

33/1 Band Of Blood

33/1 Followmeuptocarlow

50/1 Blacklough

100/1 Allied Victory

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Drinmore Novice Chase History

The Drinmore Novice Chase is a Grade One race run at Fairyhouse over two miles, four furlongs for horses aged four years or older.

Established in 1994, this contest often attracts the leading Irish novice chasers as they embark on a campaign that could see them head over to the Cheltenham Festival to contest either the Arkle Challenge Trophy or RSA Chase at the Prestbury Park extravaganza.

Arguably the greatest winner of this race came in its early years as the Michael Hourigan-trained Dorans Pride was a classy winner of the 1996 contest.  Coming into the race as a former World Hurdle champion and stepping up to the chasing sphere, the classy seven-year-old stormed to success over See More Business, who incidentally went on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

However, Dorans Pride used it as a springboard to greater chasing achievements as, through an illustrious career, he bagged more glory in the 1998 Irish Hennessy Gold Cup as well as four Clonmel Oil Chase crowns.

Alexander Banquet was an emphatic winner of the 1998 Champion Bumper for Willie Mullins and a youthful Ruby Walsh and he went on to win the 1999 Drinmore Novice Chase to show this race attracts the leading youngsters.

Other names to have grabbed glory in this race include Noel Meade's Harbour Pilot and Pandorama, whilst Jessies Dream won the 2010 renewal before being edged out by a neck in the 2011 RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Recent Winners of Drinmore Novice Chase

  • 2000 - Sackville
  • 2001 - Harbour Pilot
  • 2002 - Le Coudray
  • 2003 - Nil Desperandum
  • 2004 - Watson Lake
  • 2005 - Kill Devil Hill
  • 2006 - Cailin Alainn
  • 2007 - Sky's The Limit
  • 2008 - Trafford Lad
  • 2009 - Pandorama
  • 2010 - Jessies Dream
  • 2011 - Bog Warrior
  • 2012 - Arvika Ligeonniere
  • 2013 - Don Cossack