Blazing Tempo wins the Normans Grove Chase

Updated: January 22, 2012

Blazing Tempo proved too strong for odds on favourite Noble Prince in the Normans Grove Chase at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

Ruby Walsh held the mare up off the pace as Saludos made the early running and made eye-catching progress as the field turned into the straight.

Tranquil Sea briefly threatened to upset the front too in the market but he had no more to offer after jumping the last,and Blazing Tempo proved too strong for Noble Prince on the run to the line. The win provided Mullins and Walsh with a treble following earlier wins for Vesper Bell and Ceol Rua.

The mare’s owner Rich Ricci said: “When you consider she’s been on the go since June, it’s remarkable she’s still getting that kind of tune out of her runs, but she’s improved again today”.

“She was up against it but I don’t think Paul’s (Nolan) horse (Noble Prince) run up to his level, but it was a great performance from her.

“For Willie to keep her that tip-top for this long is incredible.

“The (Galway) Plate was great but this is terrific as well – it’s the first Grade Two she’s won.

“She owes us absolutely nothing and it was a phenomenal performance.

“She’ll go to Cheltenham. I think the ground will suit her but I’m not sure what race.

“That’s seven winners in a row for me now.”

Speaking to At The Races, Mullins added: “She is holding her form and that was nice to win, given the ground.

“We had the choice of coming here or going to the Boylesports Hurdle but rather than take on a handicap with 20 runners, we decided to take our chance today even though the ground might not be as suitable.

“I was very pleased with that but (I’m) not sure where we’ll go as she’s done more than enough – she’s an iron mare and has been on the go since Galway and been doing it in all sorts of ground.

“She’ll get an entry for the Ryanair Chase but I’m not sure if she’s good enough.”

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