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16:55 Fairyhouse

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WilllowWarm Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1)

  • Prize money: £52212.39
  • 2m 3f 170y
  • 9 runners
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WilllowWarm Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

17/2 (Won)

  • Win: £10.00
  • Place: £2.80

Form: -31731 C

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Fourth runner for yard; decent sort won a novice chase over 2m here in January before twice underperforming because of poor jumping; however, put it all together when winning a Thurles Grade 3 novice last time over 2m2f; a bit to find raised in trip.

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1st

4

9th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 3f 170y

16:55 Fairyhouse

Flame Bearer

11st 10lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

led, jumped slightly left 2nd, joined 5th, not fluent when pecked on landing 5 out, soon joined, faced challenge but going okay before 3 out, ridden after 2 out, tired jump when not fluent last, ridden out, just did enough

17/2

1st

4

18th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 2f 0y

14:30 Thurles

Flame Bearer

11st 1lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

prominent, not fluent 4th, went second halfway, led narrowly after 2 out, clear approaching last, easily

5/2

3rd

2

4th Mar 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 0y

16:20 Navan

Flame Bearer

11st 1lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Dual Grade 2 novice hurdle winner for Pat Doyle last season, runner-up to State Man in Punchestown Grade 1; beaten odds-on favourite on chase/yard debut over 2m4f at Naas in November; faced no meaningful opposition when winning at Fairyhouse; put a blot on his record with a poor round of jumping in Grade 1 Leopardstown event won by stablemate El Fabiolo.

7/4

4/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 113-19

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Fifth runner for yard; high-class performer won the Cheltenham Champion Bumper plus two Grade 1 novice hurdles last season; won a Gowran novice chase over 2m on belated return this term; jumped slowly early on but warmed to his task in the Brown Advisory Novices Chase (3m) at Cheltenham before weakening quickly from 2 out; this trip is more suitable and a major player.

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4th

3

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 45y

18:00 Punchestown

Sir Gerhard

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

in touch with leaders

20/1

3rd

8

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 5f 110y

Class 1

16:10 Sandown

Sir Gerhard

11st 4lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

towards rear, in touch with leaders 4th, good headway and led narrowly 2 out, headed approaching last, no extra and lost second run-in

8/1

1st

1

31st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

13:45 Cork

Sir Gerhard

11st 7lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

travelled strongly, disputed lead early, led narrowly from 1st, headed and raced in second before 2nd, not fluent 5th

4/9

7/2

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 6-1134 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

The second of five runners here for yard and the choice of Townend; three-time Grade 1 winner as a novice hurdler missed most of last season but won twice over fences this season before faltering in Grade 1 company at Leopardstown (2m) and Cheltenham (2m4f); probably better than the bare form of latter run when held up off a modest pace; expect to see more forceful tactics today.

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5th

1

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 213y

17:25 Punchestown

Appreciate It

11st 10lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

jumped left on occasions, towards rear

33/1

2nd

4

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 160y

16:20 Fairyhouse

Appreciate It

11st 4lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

midfield early, headway on near side of group 4 out, joined leaders going okay before 3 out, led narrowly after 3 out, headed after 2 out, weakened run-in, no match for winner

11/4

3rd

3

21st Jan 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 35y

13:35 Thurles

Appreciate It

11st 3lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Top-class novice hurdler in 2020/21 season; career interrupted before resuming last season with two chase wins against modest opposition; failed to score in four Grade 1 attempts; emerged with reputation enhanced with front-running effort to split Fastorslow and Galopin Des Champs in the John Durkan; failed to replicate that form in the Savills at Leopardstown.

8/1

Form: 92/166 C

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Fourth runner for yard; Grade 1-placed hurdler in France returned from a long absence this season to easily win a novice chase over 2m5f here; however, has had his limitations exposed in Grade 1 company twice since and has to improve plenty.

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1

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

James Du Berlais

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

disputed lead early, pressed leaders when fell heavily 5 out

100/30

2nd

2

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

James Du Berlais

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Faded into seventh behind Shakem Up'arry in the Plate at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) last month, having travelled well; however, that's not the first time he's weakened up the Cheltenham hill and an each-way case can be made on his Irish handicap form this winter (3m/2m5f, soft/yielding to soft).

9/1

7th

1

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

James Du Berlais

12st 0lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

Made a successful switch to fences in early 2023; Grade 1 races generally asked too much of him subsequently although he was anything but disgraced when sixth in the Turners (soft) over C&D last March; in the frame in valuable Leopardstown handicaps since Christmas over 3m (soft) and 2m5f (yielding to soft) but will need more to win this.

12/1

Form: 211144 D

Last run: 104 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Third runner for yard; smart sort won three novice chases last summer/autumn, including a Tipperary Grade 3; however, has had his limitations exposed in Grade 1 company twice since, including when 25l behind Mighty Potter in the Drinmore here; difficult to see that form being turned around.

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3rd

2

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

Authorized Art

11st 11lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Three-time winner in novice chase company, best effort when runner-up in last year's Galway Plate andf went on to finish fourth in the Kerry National; off for over five months and those races are likely to be his targets again; should come on for this.

14/1

0

4

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 44y

Class 1

14:20 Cheltenham

Authorized Art

11st 5lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

In good form in major handicaps at Galway (2m6f) and Listowel (3m) the last twice; could go well again but doesn't look the likely winner, being more exposed than many of these rivals; his progress stopped a while ago.

20/1

4th

2

20th Sep 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

16:25 Listowel

Authorized Art

11st 8lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Won three in a row as a novice in the first half of last season, including 9l defeat of Ash Tree Meadow in Grade 3 event at Tipperary; struggled when raised in class later on; comprehensively reversed Punchestown festival form with disappointing stablemate Kilcruit when second to Ash Tree Meadow in the Galway Plate; leading chance on revised terms.

7/1

Form: 115227

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

One of five runners for yard; smart type has won a maiden hurdle and two novice chases, including a Grade 3; runner-up in Grade 1 novices over a similar trip to this at Limerick and Leopardstown but looked a non-stayer over 3m at Cheltenham last time; can run well back down in trip.

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7th

4

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

Adamantly Chosen

11st 8lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

midfield, hampered by faller 5 out, not fluent 5 out

16/1

21th

22

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Adamantly Chosen

10st 9lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

Runner-up in a maiden hurdle on sole start on heavy; weakened right out of it on his only two appearances over about 3m, including in the Cheltenham Grade 1 novice last March; however, he put 14l between himself and his remaining three rivals (eventually headed by Roi Mage) after leading two out in a 3m2f conditions event on soft at Down Royal four weeks ago; needs better again but is much more interesting after that latest run.

50/1

1st

2

17th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 50y

15:27 Down Royal

Adamantly Chosen

11st 4lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

prominent, jockey lost iron briefly when mistake 4th, led before 2 out, went clear approaching last, comfortably

5/1

OUR TIP

Form: 1-1113 CD BF

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 160

Form & Verdict

High-class performer won two Grade 1s as a novice hurdler, including here; has raised his game since going over fences, winning his first three starts, including two Grade 1s over a similar trip to this, notably the Drinmore Chase over C&D; lost a shoe in-running when beaten in the Turners Novice at Cheltenham, getting outpaced and hanging in a slowly-run race; should be more at home back at this track.

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7

9th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 3f 170y

16:55 Fairyhouse

Mighty Potter

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gordon Elliott

slightly awkward start, raced wide, prominent, not fluent 3rd, disputing third when pecked on landing 5th, pressed leaders when fell 10th

6/4

3rd

6

16th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 168y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Mighty Potter

11st 7lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield

11/10

1st

6

5th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 44y

13:40 Leopardstown

Mighty Potter

11st 10lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders, prominent after 2nd, mistake 6th

11/10

Form: -F3221

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Quality performer got off the mark over fences when comfortably winning a mares' Listed novice event at Thurles last time; is raised significantly in class today, though, and has a fair bit to find even allowing for the 7lb sex allowance.

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1st

2

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 55y

16:50 Punchestown

Brides Hill

11st 1lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

Much improved since beaten by Allegorie De Vassy at Thurles last year; unbeaten in three starts this season, most recently when bolting up in a mares Listed at Huntingdon; comes here fresh having missed Cheltenham due to the ground.

5/4

1st

2

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 189y

Class 1

15:10 Huntingdon

Brides Hill

11st 4lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

travelled strongly, raced in fourth behind clear leaders, went second after 11th, steady headway after 12th

11/10

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Payout
Exacta €752.00
Straight Forecast €520.00
Tricast €1724.90
Trifecta €2143.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Mighty Potter

TOPSPEED:

Appreciate It

RP Ratings (IRE):

Mighty Potter

POSTDATA:

Mighty Potter

The Irish Sun:

Mighty Potter