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17:55 Punchestown

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Ladbrokes Punchestown Gold Cup (Grade 1)

  • Prize money: £136344.54
  • 3m 0f 30y
  • 9 runners
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Ladbrokes Punchestown Gold Cup (Grade 1)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Scattered showers

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7/4 (Won)

  • Win: £1.90
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 12-111 C

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 176

Form & Verdict

Has become a specialist over the intermediate trip in recent seasons, bolting up in the last two renewals of the Ryanair and also landed another Grade 1 in the John Durkan here in December; the return to this trip poses a question but he might get away with it on decent ground and he could be hard to peg back.

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1st

2

21st Jan 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 35y

13:35 Thurles

Allaho

11st 8lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

travelled strongly, jumped left on occasions, made all, faced challenge but going easily 3 out, went clear when nudged along after 2 out, easily

8/13

3rd

1

26th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Allaho

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Won the 2m4f Ryanair Chase for the second consecutive season in March 2022 and easily followed up in the Punchestown Gold Cup that April (his first 3m Grade 1 win); a long absence followed until last month, when he comfortably won the three-runner 2m4f Grade 2 Clonmel Oil Chase; that latest performance isn't definitive confirmation that he retains all of his old, brilliant ability, but he will be tough to beat if at his best.

7/4

1st

2

9th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 96y

14:50 Clonmel

Allaho

11st 3lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

made all, didn't always jump with fluency, going best and clear before 2 out, pushed out when ridden briefly run-in, easily

4/9

5/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 11-231 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 172

Form & Verdict

Followed last year's Bowl success at Aintree with a win in this contest, getting the better of Al Boum Photo, and bids to do the same this year after getting back to his best at Aintree earlier in the month in first-time blinkers (retained); this is clearly tougher but he's a big player if he's on his A-game.

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2nd

3

27th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 30y

17:55 Punchestown

Clan Des Obeaux

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Followed last year's Bowl success at Aintree with a win in this contest, getting the better of Al Boum Photo, and bids to do the same this year after getting back to his best at Aintree earlier in the month in first-time blinkers (retained); this is clearly tougher but he's a big player if he's on his A-game.

5/1

1st

2

7th Apr 2022

Good

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:55 Aintree

Clan Des Obeaux

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

3rd

1

12th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 1

14:25 Newbury

Clan Des Obeaux

11st 6lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

The best horse in this field, based on peak ratings; has form figures of 112 since fitted with cheekpieces, winning Grade 1 contests at Aintree and Punchestown last April then below his best when bidding for a third success in the King George; couldn't quite get the job done in this race 12 months ago (neck second as 6-5 favourite) but easily won the rescheduled version at Ascot in 2019; hard to beat granted a maximal performance.

11/10

16/1

  • Place: £3.60

Form: 132-16

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 165

Form & Verdict

Dual Cheltenham Gold Cup winner; below his best when sixth in this season's renewal of that contest and he's been beaten at short odds in the last two renewals of this, though not beaten far either time; has an each-way squeak but seemingly not quite the force of old.

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3rd

1

27th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 30y

17:55 Punchestown

Al Boum Photo

11st 10lb

J: B J Cooper

T: W P Mullins

Dual Cheltenham Gold Cup winner; below his best when sixth in this season's renewal of that contest and he's been beaten at short odds in the last two renewals of this, though not beaten far either time; has an each-way squeak but seemingly not quite the force of old.

16/1

6th

1

18th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Al Boum Photo

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Has proved very well suited by the demands of this race on good to soft (acts on soft) for the last three years, finding the most in 2019 and hanging on from Santini in 2020 before several small mistakes cost him dear behind Minella Indo and A Plus Tard last year; if he can jump economically in first-time headgear he could be a danger to all.

10/1

1st

2

1st Jan 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 0y

14:20 Tramore

Al Boum Photo

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Dual Cheltenham Gold Cup winner had to settle for third behind Minella Indo in last season's showpiece; never quite at this best at Punchestown where he was beaten by Clan Des Obeaux on his final start; winner of this race for the past three years, 19l scorer from Acapella Bourgeois 12 months ago.

2/5

Form: 4-8353 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 165

Form & Verdict

Four-time Grade 1 winner including this race in 2019; one of his better recent runs when third behind Clan Des Obeaux at Aintree earlier this month but no obvious reason he will reverse the form; wears first-time cheekpieces.

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1st

6

25th Feb 2023

Yielding

3m 1f 110y

15:55 Fairyhouse

Kemboy

11st 0lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

made virtually all, soon led, briefly headed 2nd, not fluent 5th, pushed along and faced challenge when not fluent 2 out, ridden before last, kept on well but reduced lead towards finish, just did enough

7/4

6th

5

4th Feb 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 44y

15:05 Leopardstown

Kemboy

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: W P Mullins

led, briefly headed halfway, headed before 3 out, pushed along and weakened from 2 out

10/1

2nd

7

28th Dec 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

Kemboy

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

led, headed and raced in second after 9th, headway disputing lead after 5 out, headed 3 out, jumped slightly right 2 out, ridden and chased clear leader approaching last, kept on, no match for winner

7/1

Form: -14211

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 165

Form & Verdict

Bids for a Grade 1 hat-trick after wins at Ascot and Aintree but didn't look like he stayed in this race last year when third and this year's renewal is tougher.

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10th

1

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Fakir Doudairies

11st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Multiple Grade 1 winner over fences; not at his best last season and began this season by finishing fifth in the December Gold Cup at Cheltenham, his first handicap chase; down to a good mark if he could find his best but looks best watched for now.

25/1

5th

1

16th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Fakir Doudairies

12st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Runner-up in two Grade 1 chases at the Festival here but not seen at this track since 2021 (ran at Aintree in April last two seasons); has run in only Grade 1 and Grade 2 events for the last four years and this is his first ever handicap, with an each-way chance at the weights and trip/ground to suit; he can also go well after a break.

8/1

2nd

1

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Fakir Doudairies

11st 10lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Fortunate to win Grade 2 at Thurles in January when left in the lead at the final fence; below-par third in Grade 1 Ascot Chase last time, 7l behind runner-up Pic D'Orhy in a race he won last year (on soft); however, he's been an impressive winner of the last two runnings of this race (good to soft) and perhaps first-time cheekpieces will give him a boost.

9/4

Form: 1-1214 CD

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 167

Form & Verdict

Got the better of A Plus Tard when staying on strongly at Leopardstown in December but that rival reversed the form emphatically in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham; he's a thorough stayer and will be seen to best effect if they go a good pace here, which could happen with Allaho likely to go off in front.

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4th

13

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Galvin

11st 2lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

NH Chase winner at Cheltenham in 2021 and second to Delta Work in the cross-country there (soft) in March 2023, both over 3m6f; unseated at the first in the Grand National last April; this season's form is not good enough and although these spring races will have been bigger targets, he hasn't actually won a race on worse than good to soft since 2019.

33/1

4th

8

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

14:45 Navan

Galvin

11st 3lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

held up in rear, headway after 3 out, went fourth approaching last, kept on well, not reach leaders

20/1

Form: 43-51P C

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 165

Form & Verdict

Well-ridden when benefitting from an overly-strong pace in the King George but his jumping let him down in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last time; probably needs some rain to arrive to get involved here.

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2nd

1

17th Nov 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 96y

14:53 Clonmel

Tornado Flyer

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Last year's King George winner struggled in just three starts afterwards, pulled up after poor round of jumping in Cheltenham Gold Cup, again none too fluent in Punchestown Gold Cup and never landed a blow back over hurdles in Grand Course de Haies d'Auteuil in May; hard to assess right now and current rating questionable.

5/2

7th

9

27th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 30y

17:55 Punchestown

Tornado Flyer

11st 10lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Well-ridden when benefitting from an overly-strong pace in the King George but his jumping let him down in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last time; probably needs some rain to arrive to get involved here.

16/1

11

18th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Tornado Flyer

11st 10lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

First run over 3m was a muted one behind A Plus Tard at Leopardstown in late 2020 but he came through strongly to win the King George on Boxing Day (soft) in good style; not impossible that he will go on to better things in staying races but this event is chalk and cheese to the Kempton one now he's up against gilt-edged stayers.

12/1

Form: -2532F BF

Last run: 9 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 164

Form & Verdict

Won a Grade 1 novice at Fairyhouse last season; hasn't added to that this term and while he's been highly tried, his better efforts have come over intermediate trips.

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8

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Janidil

11st 6lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: W P Mullins

Acts on heavy; third in the 2022 Irish Gold Cup over 3m, but seen more often at about 2m4f and that's where he's registered his best wins and peak efforts; backward steps on last two outings further undermine his prospects.

100/1

8

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Janidil

11st 10lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: W P Mullins

Progressive hurdler in 2019-20 novice campaign and high-class chaser subsequently, winning a 2m4f Grade 1 novice, but this 10yo was below par in Grade 2 chase at Kempton in January latest; something to prove in hot company now back hurdling and a shorter trip may be preferable; cheekpieces are added.

50/1

3rd

2

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 1

14:07 Kempton

Janidil

11st 8lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

No match for Allaho on a few occasions, including in Clonmel Grade 2 on sole run this term; now wears tongue-tie; holds a respectable chance on best form but he's not the safest jumper in this field, having fallen a few times, most recently last April when in command at Fairyhouse.

12/1

Form: 1-3P22 C

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 170

Form & Verdict

Took his form to a new level when winning last year's Cheltenham Gold Cup; hasn't managed to return to that level this year but his distant second to stablemate A Plus Tard in this year's renewal was a solid effort and without that rival to take on this time, he has strong each-way claims; wears first-time tongue-tie.

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3rd

6

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Minella Indo

11st 6lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Acts on heavy; won the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup and has always shaped as if stamina is a strong suit; while his powers are on the wane, so is his handicap mark and he took well to the Cheltenham cross-country in December when last seen; ante-post favourite for the Festival cross-country race there which was abandoned; it's ten years since any horse aged more than nine has won the National but 15 were placed in the last ten runnings (six in the last five) and 11yos won it in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

16/1

4th

1

15th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 56y

Class 2

15:00 Cheltenham

Minella Indo

12st 0lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Has been on a rocky road since winning the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup and his powers are on the wane; encouraging that he still fancied the challenge when digging deep in a Grade 3 chase at Punchestown in October and it was always going to be tough back in a Grade 1 at Down Royal; retains the class to threaten under his big weight if he takes to this unique test.

13/2

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Payout
Exacta €100.00
Straight Forecast €78.80
Tricast €865.80
Trifecta €827.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Allaho

POSTDATA:

Clan Des Obeaux

RP Ratings (IRE):

Allaho

TOPSPEED:

Allaho

The Irish Sun:

Allaho