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Chanelle Pharma Irish Champion Hurdle (Grade 1)

  • Prize money: £99115.04
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • 6 runners
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Chanelle Pharma Irish Champion Hurdle (Grade 1)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

OUR TIP

11/10 (Won)

  • Win: £1.90
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 111-11 CD

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 167

Form & Verdict

Last season's County Hurdle winner graduated quickly to Grade 1 company, winning easily at the Punchestown festival; has continued on an upward curve with stylish odds-on wins in the Morgiana Hurdle and the Matheson Hurdle, followed home by two stablemates on both occasions; beat Vauban readily last time and may have too much firepower for Honeysuckle now.

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

6

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

State Man

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Versatile ground-wise; won the County Hurdle here two years ago and has been dominant at Grade 1 level since, apart from when no match for outstanding Constitution Hill in this contest last year (still ran creditably in second place); better than ever on latest start, easily winning the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown for the second time; very dependable and is clear top on ratings with Constitution Hill missing the race.

1/3

1st

4

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:45 Leopardstown

State Man

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

travelled strongly, raced in second, led going easily home turn, went clear omitted last, easily

2/7

1st

3

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

State Man

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

travelled strongly, chased clear leader, not fluent 4th, pressed leader before 3 out

1/2

6/4

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 1111-3 CD BF

Last run: 63 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 165

Form & Verdict

Dual Champion Hurdle winner, and three-time winner of this event; comfortably accounted for Zanahiyr 12 months ago before retaining Cheltenham title; lost her perfect record when bidding to win the Hatton's Grace for the fourth time; has been ring-rusty at the start of previous seasons and will undoubtedly be sharper now, but vulnerability may have set in.

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

100/30

Form: 2111-2 CD

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 160

Form & Verdict

Listed winner on the Flat in France; top juvenile hurdler last season, winning three Grade 1s after losing out to Pied Piper on his Irish and hurdling debut at Punchestown; started brightly in the senior ranks when splitting State Man and his vastly experienced stablemate Sharjah here at Christmas; further progress on the cards for the five-year-old.

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

1st

4

(6)

7th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 3f 202y

16:35 Naas

Vauban

9st 9lb

J: Colin Keane

T: W P Mullins

prominent on outer, led going easily over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on well

10/11

1st

7

(7)

20th Jun 2023

Good

1m 6f 34y

Class 2

18:10 Ascot

Vauban

9st 8lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: W P Mullins

Won French Listed race (1m4f, soft) in 2021 on final Flat start and has since become a high-class hurdler for this yard, winning the Triumph Hurdle in March 2022 and finishing second in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle (2m, yielding) this April; could be well treated now back on the Flat and top Irish trainer has enjoyed plenty of success at this meeting; unraced on fast ground.

13/8

2nd

5

28th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

17:25 Punchestown

Vauban

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

took keen hold, raced in second early, not fluent 1st, soon lost second but prominent, went second again going easily home turn, ridden and outpaced before last, not fluent last, kept on well, no match for winner

6/1

Form: 32-115 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Beat Vauban in a maiden last season but the Mullins horse overtook him later, relegating him to third in the Triumph at Cheltenham; not seriously challenged in winning his first two races of the season at Cheltenham and Down Royal; no meaningful opposition on the latter occasion; found to be clinically abnormal after subdued Matheson Hurdle run here at Christmas.

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

3rd

1

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Pied Piper

12st 0lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Third in the 2022 Triumph Hurdle over C&D (good to soft) and beaten a head by Faivoir in this race last year (soft); ran okay behind State Man in Punchestown Grade 1 in November last time out and he's just 2lb higher than 12 months ago; every chance he'll be in the mix once more.

10/1

4th

2

25th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 160y

14:35 Punchestown

Pied Piper

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

raced in third, squeezed through on inner and disputing second before 2 out, hit and lost position last, weakened and dropped to last run-in

11/2

2nd

8

(22)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Pied Piper

9st 3lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Gordon Elliott

High-class hurdler, best form when pipped in the 2m1f County Hurdle at Cheltenham (soft) this March; should be spot on for this following his August Flat run and, even though he did not stay on quite so strongly as some, his sixth of 19 off this mark at Royal Ascot (2m4f) last year, when he met lots of trouble in running, confirms he's on the shortlist.

9/2

Form: 23F-7P CD

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 157

Form & Verdict

Former smart juvenile hurdler; held his own in the senior ranks last season when second to Honeysuckle in this race and best of the geldings when third behind Honeysuckle and Epatante in the Champion Hurdle; fell at the last in 2m4f Aintree Grade 1; picked up an injury at Navan on reappearance; experiment of running over 3m failed here at Christmas.

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

5th

7

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:55 Fairyhouse

Zanahiyr

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gordon Elliott

disputed lead at steady pace, led narrowly 8th, jumped left and mistake 4 out, headed after 3 out, soon weakened

13/2

10

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 168y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Zanahiyr

11st 7lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Versatile ground-wise; has finished third in two Champion Hurdles (disqualified on first occasion); no match for highly notable rival at Leopardstown (2m5f) on debut over fences, then justified favouritism at Thurles (2m); worth his place in this field, given his ability over hurdles, but has comparatively high mileage (raced 26 times in total) and others are open to much greater progress.

16/1

1st

9

13th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 70y

13:33 Thurles

Zanahiyr

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

didn't always jump with fluency, pressed leader, joined leader 2nd, clear with one other before 4th, led 2 out, ridden and headed before last, stayed on and led again run-in, pushed out

7/4

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Straight Forecast €32.00
Trifecta €42.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

State Man

TOPSPEED:

Honeysuckle

RP Ratings (IRE):

State Man

POSTDATA:

State Man

The Irish Sun:

Honeysuckle