April 29 / 17.25 Punchestown

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
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1st

6

29th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 0y

17:25 Punchestown

Honeysuckle

11st 5lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

1/3

1st

10

15th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Honeysuckle

11st 3lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Unbeaten superstar who is one of the all-time great mares, with career record now 15-15 (includes 14 wins over hurdles, ten at Grade 1 level); comfortably beat Zanahiyr at Leopardstown most recently, recording a third success in the Irish Champion Hurdle; 2-2 at the Cheltenham Festival, landing the Mares' Hurdle in 2020 then impressively posting a career-best RPR in this contest in 2021; this hurdling queen faces some interesting new challengers but wears her crown proudly and remains hard to oppose.

8/13

1st

5

6th Feb 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

15:00 Leopardstown

Honeysuckle

11st 5lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Unbeaten 13-race sequence since debut point win has included this race in the last two years; has kicked off each campaign at Fairyhouse; made a perfect start to the new season when winning the Hatton's Grace for the third year in a row; won this by 10l last year en route to Champion Hurdle and Punchestown success; will be a very short price to preserve her flawless record.

1/3

12/1

  • Place: £3.80

Form: 1-3435 CD

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 149

Form & Verdict
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2nd

9

(5)

20th May 2022

Good To Yielding

1m 6f 0y

20:15 Curragh

Echoes In Rain

9st 7lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: W P Mullins

2nd

5

29th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 0y

17:25 Punchestown

Echoes In Rain

11st 5lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

12/1

5th

2

15th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Echoes In Rain

11st 5lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Raced around only 2m over hurdles; three Graded novice wins (yielding/soft) last spring, including one at the highest level at Punchestown; below par on her first two outings this winter but back to her best when 7l third to Honeysuckle in the Irish Champion at Leopardstown (yielding) last month; can take a keen hold and it remains to be seen if this 4f longer trip plays to her strengths.

9/1

OUR TIP

Form: 214121 D

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 153

Form & Verdict
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7th

1

30th Jun 2022

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

18:10 Tipperary

Darasso

11st 10lb

J: Denis O’Regan

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

in rear, pushed along and minor headway 4 out, ridden 3 out, soon no impression

5/1

3rd

2

29th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 0y

17:25 Punchestown

Darasso

11st 12lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

10/1

1st

1

18th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 0y

15:50 Fairyhouse

Darasso

11st 8lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

9/2

20/1

Form: 44-344 D

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 156

Form & Verdict
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3rd

8

30th Jun 2022

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

18:10 Tipperary

Saint Roi

11st 1lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

took keen hold, briefly led, soon pressed leader, good jump 1st, briefly disputed lead 4th, not fluent 4 out, not fluent 3 out, pushed along home turn, ridden but outpaced after 2 out

13/8

4th

3

29th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 0y

17:25 Punchestown

Saint Roi

11st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

20/1

4th

5

15th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Saint Roi

11st 10lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

Readily justified favouritism in the County Hurdle here two years ago then followed up in Tipperary Grade 3; limitations have been seemingly exposed in five Grade 1 races since, latest the Irish Champion behind Honeysuckle and Zanahiyr; now wears a first-time tongue-tie; stiff task.

50/1

15/2

Form: 22-228 D

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict
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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
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6th

4

29th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 0y

17:25 Punchestown

Teahupoo

11st 12lb

J: Robbie Power

T: Gordon Elliott

8/1

10th

6

15th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Teahupoo

11st 10lb

J: Robbie Power

T: Gordon Elliott

Improving 5yo who dashed clear for an 11l success in the Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran Park (2m, heavy; fourth Graded win) last month, taking his record to 6-7 and entering the Champion Hurdle picture in a big way; won on yielding in the autumn; has a very attractive profile and almost certainly hasn't reached his ceiling yet; highly interesting on first Grade 1 start.

9/1

1st

3

19th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:20 Gowran Park

Teahupoo

11st 10lb

J: Robbie Power

T: Gordon Elliott

Solid juvenile last season but bypassed Cheltenham and was beaten by Jeff Kidder in a Grade 2 at Fairyhouse; slammed the Triumph Hurdle winner Quilixios on his return in the Grade 3 Fishery Lane and out-battled that rival to win by a half a length at in a Grade 2 at Limerick over Christmas; potential dark horse for the Champion Hurdle but needs to win this to confirm his place at Cheltenham.

6/4

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Payout
Exacta €42.00
Straight Forecast €58.60
Trifecta €252.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Honeysuckle

TOPSPEED:

Saint Roi

RP Ratings (IRE):

Honeysuckle

POSTDATA:

Honeysuckle

The Irish Sun:

Honeysuckle