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17:25 Punchestown

Good To Yielding

Paddy Power Champion Hurdle (Grade 1)

  • Prize money: £136134.45
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • 6 runners
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Paddy Power Champion Hurdle (Grade 1)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

1/3 (Won)

  • Win: £1.10
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 11-111 CD

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 165

Form & Verdict

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

4

14th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Honeysuckle

11st 5lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

May have lost her air of invincibility with defeats in the Hatton's Grace and Irish Champion this winter but in the former contest she still recorded a higher RPR than has ever been achieved in the 15 previous runnings of this race; seemingly doesn't have quite the gears of old but should still make a bold bid to extend her unbeaten Festival record to four; the winner of this event in 2020 and the Champion Hurdle in 2021 and 2022.

7/2

2nd

6

5th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

15:10 Leopardstown

Honeysuckle

11st 5lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

prominent, raced in second from 2nd, pecked on landing 3 out, pushed along after 2 out, ridden and outpaced approaching last, 3 lengths down last, no extra run-in

6/4

3rd

8

4th Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 3f 130y

14:30 Fairyhouse

Honeysuckle

11st 3lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

in touch with leaders

4/9

12/1

  • Place: £3.80

Form: 1-3435 CD

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Echoes In Rain

11st 5lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

in rear

25/1

4th

5

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:45 Leopardstown

Echoes In Rain

11st 5lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

raced in third, outpaced when dropped to rear home turn, soon no impression

20/1

3rd

4

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

Echoes In Rain

11st 5lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

held up in rear, disputing third when not fluent 4th

9/1

OUR TIP

Form: 214121 D

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 153

Form & Verdict

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

14

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Darasso

10st 13lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Unraced beyond 3m, seen most often at about 2m; the three runs over 2m6f/3m among his last six starts have all been good, including second in the Galway Plate and third in the Kerry National, but this reliable 10yo would still have to show himself in a very new light for a prominent finish today.

66/1

4th

3

18th Feb 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

15:27 Gowran Park

Darasso

11st 3lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Admirable sort equally effective over hurdles and fences, winning Red Mills Hurdle on this card back in 2019 and most recent of five chase wins came in 2m6f Thurles Listed contest in December; rare below-par effort when tough task at weights over inadequate trip in Grade 3 Limestone Lad Hurdle on latest but should run his race here.

7/2

5th

1

29th Jan 2023

Soft

1m 7f 151y

14:42 Naas

Darasso

11st 12lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

A dozen career wins for this admirably tough performer, including most recently in a Listed chase at Thurles at the beginning of last month; won a weaker version of this race last year and undoubtedly wants further, but he's not alone in that; looks sure to run his race.

9/2

20/1

Form: 44-344 D

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 156

Form & Verdict

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2nd

2

11th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Saint Roi

11st 8lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

Classy novice chaser last winter, winning a Grade 1 at Leopardstown (2m1f, yielding) and a close second of five in the big 2m4f novice at this meeting; has not had quite the same edge this season, in Graded races and handicaps, and was never able to get into a rhythm with his jumping when no real threat behind Unexpected Party in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham (2m, soft); has work to do on that form.

5/1

6th

2

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Saint Roi

11st 10lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

Winner of the County Hurdle at this meeting in 2020 and Grade 1-winning novice chaser last season; has been operating below that level this term but there was some encouragement when fourth of 11 on his 2m1f Fairyhouse handicap chase debut in January and his effort in a Grade 1 since can probably be ignored; good chance this has been the plan all along.

13/2

5th

4

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 0y

14:10 Leopardstown

Saint Roi

11st 12lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: W P Mullins

jumped right on occasions, didn't always jump with fluency, in touch with leaders early, lost touch when jumped badly right 6th, soon weakened, tailed off

66/1

15/2

Form: 22-228 D

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

1

29th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 0y

17:25 Punchestown

Adagio

11st 12lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

15/2

8th

1

15th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Adagio

11st 10lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

Smart and rock-solid youngster whose form figures over hurdles read 12112222, including a Grade 1 win last term (runner-up in the Triumph next time); good efforts in the Greatwood over C&D (off top weight) and the Kingwell at Wincanton, three months apart, this season; had a minor setback in between those two runs; acts on any ground; now goes in first-time tongue-tie; has largely progressive RPRs and should go well again.

20/1

2nd

2

19th Feb 2022

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 1

15:20 Wincanton

Adagio

11st 7lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

Grade 1 winner as a juvenile last winter (soft) and runner-up twice at that level at the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals afterwards (both on good to soft); raced only once this term, when close second in major handicap hurdle at Cheltenham (2m, good) in November, but that level of form already makes him a big player here and we may not have seen the best of him yet.

5/4

Form: 2-1110 D

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 160

Form & Verdict

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

13

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Teahupoo

11st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Favourite for this last year (soft) when close third behind Sire Du Berlais and Dashel Drasher; not quite at his best next time when 3l fourth in Grade 1 Champion Stayers at Punchestown; has run just once this season, when showing very classy form to win the Grade 1 Hatton's Grace at Fairyhouse (2m4f, soft) in December for the second successive season; only seven and may be a stronger sort than 12 months ago, which could enable him to come out on top.

7/4

1st

3

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 70y

14:35 Fairyhouse

Teahupoo

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders on outer, headway and disputed lead before 2 out, ridden and led run-in, kept on well towards finish

9/4

4th

8

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 7f 130y

17:25 Punchestown

Teahupoo

11st 10lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Classy hurdler over 2m but showed improved form raised in trip this season; beat Klassical Dream and Honeysuckle in the Grade 1 Hattons Grace over 2m4f before hammering Summerville Boy in the Galmoy Hurdle up to this trip; a close third to Sire Du Berlais in the Stayers' Hurdle last time and a serious chance today.

5/2

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Straight Forecast €58.60
Trifecta €252.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Honeysuckle

TOPSPEED:

Saint Roi

RP Ratings (IRE):

Honeysuckle

POSTDATA:

Honeysuckle

The Irish Sun:

Honeysuckle