Leopardstown Monday Preview – Paddy’s Rewards Club Chase
Analysis of the Paddy’s Rewards Club Chase
Leopardstown host a competitive seven-race card on Monday, with two competitive Grade 1 races across the card including the Paddy’s Rewards Club Chase. Our tipsters have provided their thoughts on each individual runner as well as a tip for the race included.
The eight-year-old BATTLEOVERDOYEN was a decisive winner of a Grade 2 chase at Down Royal back in October 2020 when defeating the likes of Easy game and Samcro. However, Gordon Elliot’s charge has struggled to get competitive since returning this year, including a well-beaten favourite at Grade 2 level at Fairyhouse in April before struggling to land a blow back in Handicap company in the summer.
Battleoverdoyen finally got back into the winner’s enclosure when last seen at Galway over an extended 2m6f and he will face a tough task now dropping back in trip against two established and high-class chasers.
Chacun Pour Soi
CHACUN POUR SOI made his seasonal reappearance earlier this December when trailing home last in the Tingle Creek at Sandown. Willie Mullins’ charge made several uncharacteristic errors throughout the contest and certainly would have had connections scratching their heads after that below-par display.
That was the nine-year-olds second defeat in his last three starts after previously finishing third in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Festival behind Nube Negra and Put The Kettle On.
Willie Mullins’ five-time Grade 1 winner certainly has a few questions to answer in current form but he is without a doubt still amongst the highest rank two-mile chasers anywhere in Ireland or Britain. Connections will be hopeful he can make it back to back wins in this contest after comfortably winning last year’s renewal by 6.5l.
Eleven straight wins over three seasons saw ENVOI ALLEN rise throughout the ranks when trained by Gordon Elliot. The Cheveley Park owned superstar recorded five wins at Grade 1 level which included back to back Cheltenham Festival wins in the Champion Bumper and Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle in 2019 and 2020.
However, Envoi Allen’s unbeaten run came to an abrupt end when falling early in the Marsh Novices’ Chase at this years Cheltenham Festival before pulling up in Grade 1 company at Punchestown in April behind Monkfish and Colreevy.
Envoi Allen regained the winning thread on seasonal reappearance at Down Royal down in Grade 2 company before again underperforming as market leader when a well-beaten sixth in the John Durkan at Punchestown earlier this month. Henry De Bromhead now sends Envoi Allen back over two miles for the first time since his Novice hurdling days but certainly is the danger to Willie Mullins’ runner on Monday afternoon.
SIZING POTTSIE was set a difficult task on his penultimate run at the Cheltenham Festival this year when pulling up in the Grand Annual and again was met with a similar uphill task on seasonal reappearance when tackling unbeaten chaser Energumene in Grade 2 company at Cork earlier this month.
The seven-year-old couldn’t live with Wille Mullins’ charge on that recent return and ultimately weakened into a remote third. Sizing Pottsie will struggle once again against classier rivals on Monday and is hard to recommend.
Big Race Verdict
It may have been the case that Chacun Pour Soi needed the recent return to action in the Tingle Creek but he wasn’t fluent over his obstacles and never got into any sort of rhythm and is hard to confidently select at such short odds. ENOVI ALLEN will be a tough opponent if anywhere near his best and trainer Henry De Bromhead’s decision to run him back at 2miles could be a wise one and he can get back to winning ways in Grade 1 company.