Chancol and Paul Carberry jumping to victory at PunchestownPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Chancol profits as Alelchi Inois crashes out
Report: Punchestown, Sunday
Madigans Bars Craddockstown Novice Chase (Grade 2) 2m, 4yo+
CHANCOL picked off the front-running Un Beau Roman late on to deliver victory for Noel Meade and Paul Carberry, as Alelchi Inois lost his unbeaten record over fences.
Winner of his five previous chase starts, Alelchi Inois was sent off favourite to make it six in a row, but a bad error down the back put paid to his chances.
Somehow, Ruby Walsh managed to stay aboard with the horse seemingly down, but he immediately pulled the six-year-old up.
Un Beau Roman had been allowed to establish a sizeable advantage in front, and Mikey Fogarty's efforts were nearly rewarded with victory as the pair only had Chancol in pursuit turning for home. Sizing Granite, another leading contender, had also departed when unseating Jonathan Burke three out.
Despite jumping out to his left at the penultimate fence, Chancol was able to overhaul Un Beau Roman on the race to the line, getting on top to win at 3-1, with Un Beau Roman second at 16-1.
Meade is excited by Chancol's potential, as he said: "He's a lovely horse that can only improve because he's so big. He's the sort of horse that could be anything when he fills out.
"He's not a horse I would like to run too often but he's won his Grade 2 and is entitled to step up into a Grade 1."
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Punchestown: Dobbins Outdoor Catering Florida Pearl Novice Chase (Grade 2) 2m6f, 5yo+
SHANAHAN'S TURN followed up his debut chase win at the track with another good performance, finding more after the last to hold off Indevan.
Last season's Albert Bartlett winner Very Wood was sent off favourite, but proved a big disappointment, unable to keep up with the field in the closing stages before being pulled up.
Trained by Henry de Bromhead and ridden by Jonathan Burke, Shanahan's Turn was not produced until two out, with outsider Security Breach taking the field along.
He weakened at five out, when Lots Of Memories took up the running, despite blundering at the same fence.
As the runners approached the last Indevan was challenging Shanahan's Turn.
Although Ruby Walsh's mount was quicker in the air at the fence, he was unable to pass Burke and Shanahan's Turn, as the 11-4 shot held on.
De Bromhead said after the race: "He has a real turn of foot for a horse that stays so well. We'll probably bring him back for the 3m Grade 1 at Leopardstown over Christmas. He has the pace to go 2m4f."