Moscow Mannon too good in Poplar Square Chase

Moscow Mannon and Davy Russell

Moscow Mannon is a 20-1 chance for the Queen Mother Champion Chase

  PICTURE: Alain Barr (racingpost.com/photos)  

Report: Naas, Sunday

Poplar Square Chase (Grade 3) 2m, 5yo+

MOSCOW MANNON served up a smooth round of jumping to advertise his Champion Chase credentials, the 4-7 favourite defeating Felix Yonger with ease.

Second to God’s Own in the Ryanair Novice Chase at the Punchestown festival last time, Moscow Mannon was always tracking leader Ludo Et Emergo, and took over at the penultimate fence.

His trainer Henry de Bromhead said: “He was pretty fresh and made a couple of mistakes but when he’s going on in a better race he’ll be better again. The Dial-A-Bet at Christmas, the Hilly Way Chase at Cork, we’ll see where we go. We could step him up in trip in time.”

With only four runners Davy Russell kept things simple, with main market rival Felix Yonger at the rear with Mount Colah.

The Willie Mullins-trained runner had to give 9lbs to Moscow Mannon, and Russell took full advantage kicking on before the last.

Although meeting the final fence on a short stride, Moscow Mannon went away again to the line, winning by four and three-quarter lengths. Felix Yonger did stay on for second, but was never a danger.

Bookmaker reaction was muted, with bet365 making Moscow Mannon a 20-1 chance for the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase.

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