Min the merciless as he powers to decisive Dublin Chase triumph

Sat 3 Feb 2018
Min win - Leopardstown - Feb 2018 Min was much the best in the Coral Dublin Chase at Leopardstown (PA)

By staff

Min bounced back to form and avenged his Christmas defeat as he won the Coral Dublin Chase at Leopardstown.

Willie Mullins' seven-year-old was first past the post in a Grade One over the festive period, only to lose the race in the stewards' room to the reopposing Simply Ned.

However, he roared back to form with a clear-cut victory in the hands of David Mullins, after last year's Champion Chase victor Special Tiara made a bold bid from the front.

Special Tiara had upwards of 12 lengths in hand at one point, but was clearly coming to the end of his tether as Min reeled him in before jumping the final fence.

Ordinary World and Simply Ned tried to go with Min's challenge, but the 11-8 favourite was far too good, with Ordinary World crashing through the last to give up his place chances.

Simply Ned eventually pipped Special Tiara on the line for second, but Min's stable companion Yorkhill was bitterly disappointing.

Winning owner Rich Ricci was understandably delighted with the turnaround in fortune.

He said: “It was great, it was relief and he looked better today than at Christmas. Everyone tells me he jumped well today. It puts him back on track for Cheltenham, and starts a big weekend here in Dublin for us.”

Nicky Richards, trainer of the second, Simply Ned, said: “He doesn’t let anyone down. He got another lovely ride from Mark (Walsh) and there’s no reason not to come back here again soon, he enjoys running at Leopardstown.”

Henry De Bromhead, trainer of Special Tiara, was hugely positive after his horse’s bold performance from the front.

“He’s run an awesome race on the going," he said."At the bare two miles he’s right there with them so we’ll see Special Tiara at Cheltenham touch wood.”

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