Days Hotel (left) benefits as Realt Dubh blunders at the lastPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Days Hotel profits from Realt Dubh error at last
Report: Naas, Sunday
Paddypower.com Chase (Grade 2)
A catastrophic mistake at the final fence cost Realt Dubh the chance to reverse Hilly Way Chase form with Days Hotel, as Henry de Bromhead's 5-4 favourite made it five wins from seven starts at two miles.
Days Hotel, who had beaten Realt Dubh by six lengths at Cork in December, was landing a third victory at Grade 2 level but that outcome appeared in serious doubt as they took off at the final fence, with Paul Carberry delivering what appeared to be a perfectly timed run on Noel Meade's 7-2 chance.
Days Hotel had made every yard of the running under Andrew Lynch up to that point with Call The Police travelling in second, ahead of Realt Dubh, who went past the Willie Mullins-trained runner after the second-last.
However, having joined the leader, Realt Dubh made a complete hash of the last, leaving Days Hotel to coast home by five lengths.
"His jumping won him the race. I'm delighted, he did it the hard way, he went out and made it a real good gallop, jumping well the whole way," said De Bromhead. "Paul Carberry looked to be going well at the last but our horse jumped it great and got away from the fence very quickly.
"He's won two Grade 2s now since he came back and just keeps improving. The Normans Grove Chase at Fairyhouse over Easter if there's ease in the ground would be the obvious race for him."
Call The Police, who was pushed along before three out and looked short of pace dropping back to two miles, finished third, well ahead of Kylebeg Castle, who trailed the field throughout.