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Down Royal Skymas Chase
Wed, Oct 3rd, 2012

The Grade 2 Skymas Chase is run at Down Royal Racecourse on the same card as the JNWine.com Champion Chase. The race conditions restrict entries to horses aged 5 year old and up who have not won a chase before 8/5/11. It is therefore a race targeted by second season chasers and novices. It has been a Paul Nicholls nenefit in recent seasons and Rolling Aces is his only entry in 2013. Cheltenham winners Lord Windemere and Benefficient also feature at the 5 day stage. 

The next Skymas Chase is due to be run on Saturday 2 November 2013. Powers Irish Wiskey are the new sponsor with the Skymas tribute now dropped. The race has previously remembered Skymas the oldest winner of the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Skymas won two consecutive Champion Chases (1976- 77) at the Cheltenham Festival as an 11 and 12 year old. He was trained by Bryan Lusk at Templepatrick, County Antrim ( making Down Royal his local track). Skymas also finished runner-up in an Irish Grand National.

Powers Irish Whisky Chase Stats

  • Paul Nicholls has trained the last 5 winners
  • Barry Geraghty has ridden the winner three times (and finished runner up twice) in the last 11
  • The race attract small fields and no winner has been priced higher than 7-2 in the last decade

Powers Irish Whisky Chase Winners 2002-2012

  Year

   Horse

Trainer

Age

Weight

Jockey

SP

2012

   Cristal Bonus

P F Nicholls

6

11-10

D Jacob

2-1

2011

   Kauto Stone (FR)

P F Nicholls

5

11-11

P Carberry

9-4

2010

   The Nightingale (FR)

P F Nicholls

7

11-10

R Walsh

3-1

2009

   Herecomesthetruth (IRE)

P F Nicholls

7

11-12

C Williams

7-2

2008

   Noland

P F Nicholls

7

11-5

R Walsh

6/4f

2007

   One Cool Cookie (IRE)

C F Swan

6

11-2

D J Casey

Evsf

2006

   In Compliance (IRE)

M J P O'Brien

6

11-5

B J Geraghty

8/11f

2004

   Murphy's Cardinal (IRE)

Noel T Chance

8

11-2

S Durack

7-2

2003

   Splendour (IRE)

Miss S Cox

8

10-12

B J Geraghty

11-8

2002

   Moscow Flyer (IRE)

Mrs J Harrington

8

12-0

B J Geraghty

4/11f

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