Blue Lord – Winner 2022
The Clonmel Oil Steeplechase is a Grade 2 National Hunt chase in Ireland which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Clonmel over a distance of about 2 miles and 4 furlongs (4,023 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in November. The 2022 Clonmel Oil Steeplechase took place on November 17th.
CLONMEL OIL CHASE DAY 2022 - Race Results
12.42: The I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle LANDRAKE
1.12: The Connollys RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Maiden Hurdle THE FOUR SIXES
1.47: The Clonmel Oil Service Station Handicap Hurdle CLIFTON WARRIOR
2.23: The TA Morris Memorial Irish EBF Mares Steeplechase (Listed) DOLCITA
2.53: The Clonmel Oil Steeplechase (Grade 2) of €60,000 BLUE LORD
3.23: The Prior Park Service Station Clonmel Handicap Steeplechase COURTING VICKIE
3.53: The Clonmel Oil Slan Abhaile Flat Race DIAMBOY DES CARRES
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BLUE LORD - 2022 WINNER - RACE REPORT
BLUE LORD got his campaign off to the perfect start as he just held on from stable mate Tornado Flyer in the season feature at Powerstown Park, the Grade 2 Clonmel Oil Chase.
Twice successful at the highest level last season, the Willie Mullins trained seven-year-old was also third to Edwardstone in the Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival.
Upped in trip to two-and-a-half miles, for just the second time in his career, the Simon Munir & Isaac Souede owned gelding was sent off a well-supported 5/6 favourite (11/8 early).
With Tornado Flyer lobbing along in front, the bay victor raced in rear and jumped well throughout under Paul Townend. He took closer order early in the straight and was pushed along to challenge in third on the approach to the second last.
Soon in front, he was ridden on the run-in and just done enough to hold off the renewed effort of Tornado Flyer (9/2) and Danny Mullins by a neck.
"Paul said he is a much stronger horse this year and I'm very pleased with that," Mullins revealed.
"I thought both riders gave their horses great rides and listening to both, Tornado gave away his advantage by jumping big at the second-last and I think Paul would have preferred a lead for longer.
"The winner was keen but was as relaxed as he ever is and he will be able to relax, rather than to be a front-running two-miler. He is a big unit and you wouldn't want him standing on your toe! David Porter, one of the tallest guys in the yard, does an excellent job with him.
"He might get an entry for the Champion Chase but if I can find a programme for 2m4f, the Ryanair Chase would look a possibility. You don't know what will happen in each division but the feeling is we will look at the 2m 4f trip for him”.
Past Winners Clonmel Oil Steeplechase
1993 KING OF THE GALES
1995 IMPERIAL CALL
1996 ROYAL MOUNTBROWNE
1997 DORANS PRIDE
1998 DORANS PRIDE
1999 DORANS PRIDE
2000 DORANS PRIDE
2001 MOSCOW EXPRESS
2002 BEEF OR SALMON
2003 EDREDON BLEU
2004 RATHGAR BEAU
2005 WAR OF ATTRITION
2006 SIR OJ
2008 GLENFINN CAPTAIN
2009 WATSON LAKE
2010 TRANQUIL SEA
2011 TRANQUIL SEA
2012 SIZING EUROPE
2013 ARVIKA LIGEONNIERE
2014 CHAMPAGNE FEVER
2015 ROAD TO RICHES