Down Royal Champion Chase runner-by-runner guide to Saturday’s 2.50

Your ultimate guide to the five runners bidding for Grade 1 glory.

Minella Indo Rachel Blackmore Punchestown May 1, 2019

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Minella Indo is the star attraction among the five runners set to slug it out in the Champion Chase at Down Royal on Saturday, October 30.

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The Cheltenham Gold Cup hero faces competition from Delta Work, Frodon, Galvin and Ravenhill as he bids to claim the first Grade 1 of the Irish National Hunt season.

You’ve come to the right place to swot up on the Champion Chase as we’ve assessed all the runners set to go to post at 2.50pm.

Delta Work

Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: J. W. Kennedy Age: 8 Weight: 11st 12lbs

Top-class chaser with 8 wins . 5/1, 6½ lengths third of 5 to Kemboy in Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown (24.5f, soft), needing stiffer test. First run for 8 months and has more big prizes in him.

Frodon

Trainer: Paul Nicholls Jockey: Bryony Frost Age: 9 Weight: 11st 12lbs

Top-class chaser. 4/5, didn’t need to improve to win 4-runner Oaksey Chase at Sandown (22.8f, good) by neck from Mister Fisher when last seen in April. Likely to give it a good shot from the front.

Galvin

Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: Davy Russell Age: 7 Weight: 11st 12lbs

High-class chaser. Career best when winning 5-runner Grade 3 chase at Punchestown (23.9f, good to soft) 17 days ago by ½ length from Annamix, driven out. Should have more to offer.

Minella Indo

Trainer: Henry de Bromhead Jockey: Rachael Blackmore Age: 8 Weight: 11st 12lbs

Top-class chaser. Career best when winning 12-runner Cheltenham Gold Cup (9/1) at Cheltenham (26.3f, good to soft) by 1¼ lengths from A Plus Tard in March. Very much the one to beat.

Ravenhill

Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: Denis O’Regan Age: 11 Weight: 11st 12lbs

Smart chaser. Six wins from 19 NH runs. 20½ lengths third of 4 to Minella Indo in Grade 2 chase at Navan (24f, heavy) when last seen 11 months ago. Looks up against it.

Timeform Verdict: This race revolves around Cheltenham Gold Cup hero MINELLA INDO, who will be very hard to beat if resuming in anything like the same form as when landing jump racing’s blue riband event in March. He won on his reappearance last season and there’s no real reason to believe that he won’t be ready to roll first time out again this time round. Galvin is second choice ahead of the admirable Frodon.

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