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Yielding To Soft

Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup (Grade 1)

  • Prize money: £123893.81
  • 3m 0f 44y
  • 7 runners
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Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup (Grade 1)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Scattered showers

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1/3 (Won)

  • Win: £1.20
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 11F1-1 C

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 175

Form & Verdict

3m Grade 1 novice hurdle winner; won the Grade 1 staying novice chase here 12 months ago by 9l; was set for an easy win when coming down at the last in four-runner Turners Novices' Chase; readily made amends at Fairyhouse; gave a powerful and flawless display over 2m4f in the John Durkan on return; Gold Cup favourite, stands out now in his first 3m chase.

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

2nd

6

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 213y

17:25 Punchestown

Galopin Des Champs

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

didn't always jump with fluency, led narrowly early, raced in second before 2nd, lost second but prominent before 4th

8/13

1st

4

15th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Galopin Des Champs

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

His jumping can switch between swift and stutter but he came into his own on this steep finish when beating Bravemansgame in fine style in this race last year; has been beaten only twice when completing over fences, each time by Fastorslow, but he had excuses as the first was his final run of the season and the second came on his reappearance; had the measure of that one at Leopardstown last month and although the win wasn't emphatic enough to think that this is a done deal, he should still be hard to beat.

Evs

1st

3

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

15:35 Leopardstown

Galopin Des Champs

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

made all, not fluent 4 out, increased tempo after 2 out, pushed out run-in, pushed along and kept on well run-in

2/5

4/1

  • Place: £2.40

Form: /111-2 C BF

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 163

Form & Verdict

Grade 1-placed novice hurdler, including behind Galopin Des Champs on one occasion; unbeaten in last season's three-race novice chasing campaign, highlighted by a smooth 8l win in the 3m6f National Hunt Chase; made a satisfactory start in the senior ranks when a head second to the 8lb-receiving Minella Indo at Tramore; the most likely threat to Galopin Des Champs.

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

9

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Stattler

11st 5lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Acts on heavy; easily won the 3m6f NH Chase at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival and this will be only his second appearance over a marathon trip; that's enticing but he was pulled up in the 2023 Cheltenham Gold Cup and has not really sparked in his three runs this term; did not take to it at all on the banks course at Punchestown last time but there are none of those hindrances here.

50/1

4th

2

5th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 130y

13:20 Punchestown

Stattler

12st 0lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Won the 3m6f National Hunt Chase at the 2022 Cheltenham festival; three high-level runs last season, though posed no threat in the Irish Gold Cup; struggled from early in the Cheltenham Gold Cup; trip was inadequate in the John Durkan on seasonal debut; more like it behind Allaho at Thurles; hugely interesting recruit to the cross-country scene.

15/8

Form: 523-13 CD

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 158

Form & Verdict

Grade 1 novice winner from shorter-priced stablemate Run Wild Fred over C&D at 2021 Christmas fixture; chased home Ahoy Senor at Aintree before lesser display at Punchestown; gave a resolute performance over a shorter trip than ideal on seasonal debut in Grade 2 event at Down Royal; split Kemboy and Franco De Port when third in the Savills Chase.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

2

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 88y

15:50 Fairyhouse

Fury Road

11st 8lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

in rear throughout, detached from 4 out, tailed off

16/1

Form: 9612-2

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 10lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 162

Form & Verdict

Placed in the two most recent editions of the Grand National and now getting a first shot at a Grade 1 prize since the 2018 Arkle at this venue; has shown his worth in Grade 2/3 events since landing the Kim Muir in 2019 and arrives here with a career-high rating of 162 following his second to Noble Yeats at Aintree last April; very satisfactory prep-run over hurdles five weeks ago.

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

2nd

6

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Any Second Now

11st 4lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: T M Walsh

in touch with leaders, headway after 4 out, ridden when keeping on up the centre after 2 out, went second and kept on well after last, no match for winner

10/1

7th

1

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 0y

15:27 Naas

Any Second Now

11st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: T M Walsh

Classy chaser was twice placed in the Grand National and won a Grade 2 chase a year ago at Navan; well beaten on last three starts chasing but is off a favourable hurdles mark if able to recapture some of his spark.

4/1

6th

1

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 3f 6y

14:35 Punchestown

Any Second Now

11st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: T M Walsh

held up in rear, niggled along briefly after 10th

25/1

Form: -34554 C

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 157

Form & Verdict

No further success since 2m1f Grade 1 novice win at the 2020 Christmas meeting; best efforts last season when second in the Thyestes Chase and third in the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris; not at best on two visits to Auteuil this season; ran on too late to make a serious impact when fourth behind Conflated and two of these rivals in the Savills Chase here on latest.

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

3rd

9

15th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Franco De Port

11st 7lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Grade 1 novice chase winner at Leopardstown in December 2020 and creditable fourth in the 3m Grade 1 Savills Chase there in December this season; this classy sort is Willie Mullins' sole contender and could have a part to play if he takes to this unique course at the first attempt.

7/1

5th

2

4th Feb 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 44y

15:05 Leopardstown

Franco De Port

11st 10lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

didn't jump with fluency, always towards rear, not fluent and slightly hampered 2 out, kept on approaching last, never dangerous

40/1

4th

3

28th Dec 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

Franco De Port

11st 10lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

raced freely, towards rear, headway and in touch with leaders 8th

16/1

Form: -62222 CD

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 10lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 160

Form & Verdict

Won this race in 2021; defeated in all 12 starts since and only fifth behind Conflated when second-favourite here a year ago; on a run of seconds this term, twice behind stablemate Easy Game, and more encouragingly in a Down Royal Grade 1 event won by Envoi Allen and behind Conflated here in the Savills; getting on a bit, but decent chance of making the first three.

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

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: P6-113 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 158

Form & Verdict

Has developed into a high-class staying handicap chaser since his only previous Grade 1 attempt, as a novice hurdler at this meeting in 2019; in the form of his life this season, winning the Munster National and the Troytown and finishing a gallant third under a big burden in the Welsh National; stepping into the big league now and would probably want more testing going.

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

5th

5

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

The Big Dog

11st 5lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Peter Fahey

Opened this season with wins in two major 3m handicaps; sometimes jumps rather ponderously, including on the first circuit when good third in the Welsh National (soft) in which a blunder two out handed the upper hand to two rivals; fell two out at 33-1 in Irish Gold Cup latest, when disputing the lead so running a big race, but moving up the weights since is a negative to add to his fall.

14/1

7

4th Feb 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 44y

15:05 Leopardstown

The Big Dog

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Peter Fahey

prominent, not fluent 11th, pressed leaders 4 out, led narrowly 3 out, fell 2 out

25/1

3rd

1

27th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

The Big Dog

12st 0lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Peter Fahey

Blundered at the ninth in this last year and had a mishap with his tack, so was pulled up; 3m4f win at Punchestown (soft) that February had made him look tailor-made for this test and he's roared back better than ever this season with major 3m wins on soft when ridden prominently in the Munster National and the Troytown; slow over many of his fences last time but looks sure to have a big shout if he can stay near the pace.

6/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Galopin Des Champs

TOPSPEED:

Any Second Now

RP Ratings (IRE):

Galopin Des Champs

POSTDATA:

Galopin Des Champs

The Irish Sun:

Galopin Des Champs