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Lexus Chase - 28th December, 2014

Bobs Worth was forced to relinquish his Cheltenham Gold Cup crown to Lord Windermere and that star pair could clash on Sunday afternoon in a mouth-watering renewal of the Lexus Chase, which is one of the main events on a stunning card from Leopardstown.

The former was a fine winner of this race 12 months ago and will be aiming to bounce back to winning ways having finished fifth in the aforementioned Gold Cup, but he will not only have to get the better of Lord Windermere, who made a pleasing comeback when third in the John Durkan Memorial Chase.

Boston Bob finished half-a-length ahead of Lord Windermere in that John Durkan event and will enjoy the step back up to three miles and will be aiming to land another notable prize for Willie Mullins, who will unleash Hurricane Fly in the Ryanair Hurdle over the festive period.

Road To Riches has been a horse on a major upgrade and has shaped as a real Grade 1 performer and will look to continue his fine form in this race that is often a leading trial for the aforementioned Gold Cup in March as the Cheltenham Festival.

Sam Winner is entered for the race and Paul Nicholls' charge has won a couple of races this season and will need to improve now stepped up into this company, whilst the likes of Carlingford Lough, First Lieutenant and last year's Gold Cup runner-up On His Own add great depth to the race.

Latest Betting for 2014 Lexus Chase

7/2 Bobs Worth

4/1 Boston Bob

5/1 Lord Windermere

13/2 Sam Winner

7/1 Road To Riches

9/1 Carlingford Lough

10/1 Don Cossack

12/1 First Lieutenant

14/1 On His Own

14/1 Home Farm

20/1 Holywell

33/1 Texas Jack

66/1 Roi Du Mee

66/1 Rathlin

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Lexus Chase History

The Lexus Chase is a Grade One race run at Leopardstown over three miles for horses aged five years or older and is widely regarded as a trial for the Cheltenham Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival.

Having been extended to its current distance in 1992, the race run over the Leopardstown Christmas Festival has long attracted some of the leading staying chasers in the UK and Ireland before they embark on a possible tilt at the Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival.

Fergie Sutherland's Imperial Call had already won the 1996 Cheltenham Gold Cup and stormed to Lexus success a year later, but a few horses have used this contest as a springboard to Prestbury Park success and the UK have an excellent record of achieving that feat.

Having already won two Gold Cups for Henrietta Knight, Best Mate travelled over to the Emerald Isle in 2003 to contest the Lexus and duly hacked up by nine lengths when sent off an odds-on favourite.  He then ventured back to Cheltenham to lift a momentous third Gold Cup crown to become one of the greatest chasers in living memory.

Beef or Salmon had an excellent record in this contest bagging a trio of wins in the early 2000's with Paul Carberry riding the Michael Hourigan-trained runner to two wins to become the leading jockey in the Lexus roll of honour.

Paul Nicholls sent Denman over to Leopardstown for the 2007 renewal and the Ditcheat star breezed to succcess before returning home to gain an incredible record in the Gold Cup winning it in 2008.

Recent Winners of Lexus Chase

  • 2000 - Rince Ri
  • 2001 - Foxchapel King
  • 2002 - Beef or Salmon
  • 2003 - Best Mate
  • 2004 - Beef or Salmon
  • 2005 - Beef or Salmon
  • 2006 - The Listener
  • 2007 - Denman
  • 2008 - Exotic Dancer
  • 2009 - What A Friend
  • 2010 - Pandorama
  • 2011 - Synchronised
  • 2012 - Tidal Bay
  • 2013 - Bobs Worth