Bachasson and Death Duty lock horns in intriguing conditions chase


The Willie Mullins-trained Bachasson has his first start over fences since falling in the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
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Bachasson finished sixth in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham just 13 days ago


Tuesday's Download The BoyleSports App Chase at a crowdless Clonmel couldn't be more different to what Bachasson experienced a fortnight ago at the Cheltenham Festival but he rates the most interesting runner in a competitive contest, writes Mark Boylan.

It's just 13 days since the Willie Mullins-trained nine-year-old finished sixth in the 25-runner Coral Cup and this assignment will be his first start over fences since falling at the second in the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup won by Native River.

The O'Connell family's versatile performer went to Cheltenham that season off the back of taking two Listed wins over fences and held a mark of 159 in this sphere.

With that mind, he obviously makes plenty of appeal here if maintaining the same level of ability over the larger obstacles.

Death Duty, the mount of Gavin Brouder, competes off level weights with Bachasson, and trainer Gordon Elliott will have been pleased to have got three runs into his talented but injury-hit campaigner since the end of January, and he has found improvement with every start.

The Gigginstown-owned performer left his Galmoy Hurdle return behind when not disgraced behind Chris's Dream in the Red Mills Chase and the market appeared to expect a strong showing from him when sent off an 8-1 chance at the Cheltenham Festival in the Stable Plate.

His midfield finish in a messy race was a solid enough effort and he shouldn't be far away from Bachasson if this race doesn't come too soon.

Elliott said: "We haven't done much with him since Cheltenham but he seems in good form. We're claiming 7lb off him with Gavin Brouder so he looks to be fairly treated at the weights.

"With the uncertainty around how long racing will go ahead for we said we'd let him take his chance."

The Joseph O'Brien-trained Mortal isn't well treated at the weights, as he is officially rated 3lb inferior to Death Duty but is forced to give 6lb to that rival, Bachasson and Bonbon Au Miel

However, he is capable when producing his best, as demonstrated in last year's RSA Chase when fifth, and he should be on the premises to pick up the pieces if the leading pair fail to fire.

Bonbon Au Miel was entitled to need the run when pulling up in the Leinster National earlier this month, his first start since falling in the 2018 RSA Chase behind Presenting Percy.

He surely needs to up his game, as does does Jessica Harrington's recent Gowran winner Discordantly, who looks to have a tough task on his hands giving weight to rivals he is rated inferior to.

We haven't done much with him since Cheltenham but he seems in good form. We're claiming 7lb off him with Gavin Brouder so he looks to be fairly treated at the weights.

- Gordon Elliott

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