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Down Royal Skymas Chase

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 5/5/19. It is therefore a race targeted by second season chasers and novices. I

The next Skymas Chase is due to be run on Saturday 31 October 2020. Lough Construction Ltd 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 7 winners between 2008 and 2015
  • The race attract small fields and no winner has been priced higher than 7-2 in the last decade
  • Favourites have won 5 of last 7
  • Noel Meade has trained 2 of last 3 winners

Powers Irish Whisky Chase Winners 2002-2019

  Year   HorseTrainerAgeWeightJockeySP
2020?
2019Real SteelW P Mullins611-5P Townend4/5F
2018Snow FalconNoel Meade811-5S W Flanagan11/4
2017DiskoNoel Meade611-12S W Flanagan5/4F
2016Sub LieutenantHenry De Bromhead711-8D J Mullins6/4F
2015Ptit ZigP F Nicholls611-10Sam Twiston-Davies4/5F
2014Don CossackGordon Elliott711-12B J Cooper6/4
2013Rolling AcesP F Nicholls711-5N Scholfield9/4F
2012Cristal BonusP F Nicholls611-10D Jacob2-1
2011Kauto Stone (FR)P F Nicholls511-11P Carberry9-4
2010The Nightingale (FR)P F Nicholls711-10R Walsh3-1
2009Herecomesthetruth (IRE)P F Nicholls711-12C Williams7-2
2008NolandP F Nicholls711-5R Walsh6/4f
2007One Cool Cookie (IRE)C F Swan611-2D J CaseyEvsf
2006In Compliance (IRE)M J P O’Brien611-5B J Geraghty8/11f
2004Murphy’s Cardinal (IRE)Noel T Chance811-2S Durack7-2
2003Splendour (IRE)Miss S Cox810-12B J Geraghty11-8
2002 Moscow Flyer (IRE)Mrs J Harrington812-0B J Geraghty4/11f

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