BOSTON BOB BRAVES BATTLE IN BOBBYJO CHASE
22 February 2016
Saturday's crowds at Fairyhouse were treated to a dramatic finish in the Grade 2 At The Races Bobbyjo Chase after favourite Mala Beach (IRE) crashed to the ground two out, having looked an obvious winner up to that point. It was left to a trio from the Willie Mullins stable to take over, but with one charge fading, BOSTON BOB (IRE) and On His Own (IRE) were left to battle neck-and-neck, matching each other's final leap, until BOSTON BOB (IRE) put his head down when it mattered to win by a narrow margin. Named in honour of Tommy Carberry's Aintree Grand National victor Bobbyjo (IRE), the first three home all hold entries in the famous race, in which Mullins says the winning owner, Graham Wylie, is keen to run.
It was a well-deserved win for the ten-year-old BOSTON BOB (IRE), with his last victory being consecutive Grade 1 wins in April of 2014. He was bred by Burgage Stud and is by their late Bob Back, fellow sire of Bobs Worth (IRE) and Back In Front (IRE), to name just a few. Burgage sold him as a foal to Killadoon Stud for €20,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland November Sale. Less than five years later, he won his sole point-to-point for Derek Barry, a Tallow maiden in which Sunday's Naas Grade 2 winner Days Hotel (IRE) was two lengths second. A half-brother to Grade 3-placed hurdler Belle Away (IRE), he is out of an unraced half-sister to Grade 2 chase winner Danny Harold and to the dam of dual Grade 3 winner Glazeaway (IRE).
The card kicked off with the Grade 3 Winning Fair Juvenile Hurdle, won by Jessica Harrington's progressive NEWBERRY NEW (IRE) under a fine ride by Robbie Power. The four-year-old broke his maiden last-time-out, when taking a Gowran Park maiden hurdle by fifteen lengths, and it would seem that the heavy ground of both his victories would be key to his success. This adds to the surprise of his pedigree, with the gelding becoming the first Graded National Hunt winner by Tally Ho Stud's Kodiac. Bred by Patrick Gleeson, he sold as a foal for €57,000 to Rathmoyle Exports at the Goffs November Sale. His half-brother Pleasant Day (IRE) was beaten just a short head in a Group 3 contest at Newbury and they are out of a half-sister to Group 2 winner Cairns and to the dam of Group 2 winner and twice Group 1 placed Tamazirte (IRE). The second dam, Tanami, was second in the Cheveley Park Stakes and she is a half-sister to Wannabe, the dam of Cheveley Park winner Wannabe Grand (IRE), sire Pirateer (IRE) and Group 3 winner Wannabe Better IRE).