Dublin Chase Guide 2022

Leopardstown - February 06 2022
Leopardstown 13:50
Paul Townend

Chacun Pour Soi

J: Paul Townend
T: W P Mullins
Age: 10
Weight: 11-12
OR: 176
Days: 64

The now 10 year old spearheads the betting for Willie Mullins in the colours of Rich Ricci. Despite a few blips on his record after a few failed attempts of making a splash over here in the UK.

His record in Ireland however is near faultless as a 2 mile chaser. A lethal seven wins in only eleven chase starts is some feat.

His only defeat in Ireland coming 2nd to an almighty performance from A Plus Tard. He does boast a perfect two from two in this race and dethroned Min here in 2020 in what was probably a career best.

Disappointing in the Champion Chase last season and failing to spark at all in the Tingle Creek in December, staying on home shores is likely the key to success.

His form outweighs anything else in the field and if he’s back to his brilliant best he’s going to be near impossible to catch.

The right favourite.

Leopardstown - February 06 2022
Leopardstown 13:50
Danny Mullins

Cash Back

J: Danny Mullins
T: W P Mullins
Age: 10
Weight: 11-12
OR: 156
Days: 31

A difficult horse to follow for Willie Mullins, Cash Back looked a real smart prospect as a novice chaser but has failed to kick on from that in open company.

Winning his first 2 starts over the larger obstacles with ease he then went on to be 2nd in the Irish Arkle just behind Notebook.

Falling in the Arkle at Cheltenham seemed to set a trend as he fell on his next two starts too.

This season hasn’t seen him at his resurgent best. Being absolutely thumped by Energumene at Cork on reappearance, he was then seen over hurdles over 2.5 miles.

Going up in trip and dropping back to the smaller obstacles saw him come back to form and he got his head back in front for the first time since late 2019.

He hasn’t shown enough as a chaser in open company to suggest he could trouble the favourite but this venue is where he put in his career best in the Irish Arkle.

Leopardstown - February 06 2022
Leopardstown 13:50
B J Cooper


J: B J Cooper
T: P A Fahy
Age: 9
Weight: 11-12
OR: 156
Days: 28

Peter Fahey’s experienced 9 year old chaser Dunvegan has been highly tied over a variety of trips over the years but has been seen to some real effect recently since dropping back down to 2 miles at Fairyhouse.

Since winning his beginner chase back in December of 2019 he failed to win another race over fences until hitting form again at Fairyhouse at the end of November.

Winning a handicap off a mark of 139, he backed that up at the same venue to defy the handicapper again with a mark of 146.

Now rated 156, handicaps are out of the question so he’s going to try his hand in deeper waters.

His only previous run at this level saw him pull up at the Cheltenham Festival in 2019 and he’s likely to be left wanting for quality, despite being in the form of his life right now.

Leopardstown - February 06 2022
Leopardstown 13:50
Bryony Frost


J: Bryony Frost
T: Paul Nicholls
Age: 8
Weight: 11-12
OR: 166
Days: 41

An English raider trying to make waves over the other side of the Irish Sea, Greanateen will fly the flag of Ditcheat and Paul Nicholls over in Dublin.

Seemingly coming from nowhere, Greaneteen suddenly has established himself as one of the top 2 mile chasers in the UK and confirmed that with a career best display to take the Tingle Creek at Sandown in December.

Despite not being fancied in the market he left Nube Negra and Chacun Pour Soi for dead.

Sandown might bring out the best in him as he signed off last season with an all out defeat to beat Altior in the Celebration chase.

He was however unable to beat Chacun Pour Soi home in the Champion Chase and settled for 4th.
If he handles the travel and brings his ‘A’ game he should be best of the rest.

Leopardstown - February 06 2022
Leopardstown 13:50
Rachael Blackmore

Captain Guinness

J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry De Bromhead
Age: 7
Weight: 11-12
OR: 160
Days: 64

Highly talented, highly exuberant and a real handful, 7 year old Captain Guinness has all the tools to be a top class horse but struggles to put it all together when he needs to.

He’s still very lightly raced for his age but in his 8 starts over fences has only won once and has had 3 non-completions.

Things look to be coming more together this season as he won on comeback with a nice performance to see off Andy Dufresne to gain Grade 3 honours at Naas.

Also last seen contesting the Tingle Creek at Sandown in December, he finished 3rd of the 5 runners and was well clear of Chacun Pour Soi.

He kept on well up Sandown’s stiff finish but just not well enough to trouble the Nicholls pair in 1st and 2nd.

He’s starting to shape like going further might suit him more and he’s struggled to make his presence felt at top table races before.

Likely to need a bit more to trouble the top 2 in the market.


Andy Smith | @AndySmithRacing