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17:25 Punchestown

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William Hill Champion Chase (Grade 1)

  • Prize money: £156637.17
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • 6 runners
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William Hill Champion Chase (Grade 1)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

2/5 (Won)

  • Win: £1.10
  • Place: £1.02

Form: 11-131 CD

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 176

Form & Verdict

Reigning champion 2m chaser landed his second Queen Mother Champion Chase last month in impressive fashion on favoured soft ground; posted similar RPR when thrashing Chacun Pour Soi in this race last year in a steadily-run affair on better ground and remains very much the one to beat.

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

1st

3

25th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

17:25 Punchestown

Energumene

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

in touch with leaders, mistake 4th, headway when mistake 4 out, went second 3 out, led narrowly 2 out, ridden and headed approaching last, rallied run-in, led again towards finish

2/5

1st

4

15th Mar 2023

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Energumene

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

travelled strongly, jumped right on occasions, prominent, disputed lead 6th, good jump 4 out, mistake 3 out, soon led clearly going easily, clear when another good jump last, kept on well run-in, impressive

6/4

3rd

4

28th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 62y

Class 1

13:20 Cheltenham

Energumene

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

prominent, went second before 2 out, shaken up when blundered last, soon no extra

4/7

20/1

  • Place: £5.30

Form: 2-3393 CD

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 157

Form & Verdict

Top class at his best, six Grade One wins include this race two years ago; below par all four starts this term however, including behind Blue Lord at Leopardstown and latest when tried over 3m in Grade 3 at Cork early this month, not getting home; age clearly catching up with him and will do well to better last year's second to Energumene here.

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

2nd

2

25th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

17:25 Punchestown

Chacun Pour Soi

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

towards rear, headway and in touch with leaders 4 out, went third after 3 out, went second 2 out, ridden and led narrowly approaching last, faced challenge final 110yds, kept on but headed towards finish

20/1

3rd

1

9th Apr 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

15:30 Cork

Chacun Pour Soi

11st 12lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: W P Mullins

held up in behind leaders, some headway 6th, briefly went second 10th, pushed along after 2 out, ran on well and briefly went second run-in, lost second towards finish

3/1

9th

2

16th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Chacun Pour Soi

11st 10lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Formerly a high-class chaser (multiple Grade 1 winner) at about 2m on Irish soil but has shown signs of being on the wane this season and a step up to 2m4f failed to help last time; three runs in Britain have not gone well, including twice in the Champion Chase (beaten favourite in 2021, unseated rider in 2022); enough to prove on first Ryanair attempt.

33/1

Form: 1-1128 CD

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 165

Form & Verdict

Progressed well initially in this second season chasing, career-best when winning strongly-run Grade 1 at Leopardstown over Christmas; not at that level however when overturned at long odds-on by stablemate Gentleman de Mee over same C&D at Dublin Racing Festival and again in 2m4f Ryanair Chase when too keen and reportedly never travelling; stays 2m4f but seems well suited by a strongly-run 2m which he will get here so don't rule out a bounce back to form.

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

4th

3

26th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 150y

14:30 Punchestown

Blue Lord

11st 12lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

Good 6-10 record over fences; career-best when winning 2m1f Grade 1 at Leopardstown last Christmas; overturned at long odds-on by stablemate Gentleman de Mee at Dublin Racing Festival; never going well in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham and made little impact in third behind stablemate Energumene when dropped in trip here at the festival.

13/2

3rd

1

25th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

17:25 Punchestown

Blue Lord

11st 12lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

held up in rear, went fourth after 3 out, ridden and went third approaching last, kept on, no match for first two

13/2

8th

1

16th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Blue Lord

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Turned over at short odds in the Dublin Chase most recently but could well bounce back from that defeat; progressive otherwise and he was impressive at Leopardstown (2m1f, yielding) the time before, recording a third Grade 1 win; confirmed his stamina for 2m4f with Grade 2 win at Clonmel (soft to heavy) in November and remains particularly unexposed at this trip; respectable third in the Arkle at this meeting last year; major player.

11/2

OUR TIP

Form: 1-U461 D

Last run: 79 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 167

Form & Verdict

Exciting front-running novice last term, winning last three starts including Grade 1 at Aintree; well below that level first three starts this campaign until much improved on better ground with career-best when overturning long odds-on stablemate Blue Lord in Grade 1 Dublin Chase at Leopardstown in February, jumping better under positive ride and seeing it out strongly; missed Cheltenham due to an infection so arrives here a relatively fresh horse and with ground to suit so big run expected.

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

6

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 98y

17:25 Punchestown

Gentleman De Mee

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Beat Edwardstone at Aintree as a novice chaser but has shown comparable form only twice since, namely when winning last season's Dublin Chase and, arguably, when second of three finishers behind Captain Guinness in the Champion Chase; had previously finished behind Dinoblue in two Leopardstown clashes this season.

9/2

2nd

7

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Gentleman De Mee

11st 10lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

Often a front-runner; decisively beat Edwardstone at Aintree (good to soft) as a novice chaser but has shown comparable form only once since, namely when winning last season's Dublin Chase (yielding); well-held fourth to stablemate El Fabiolo in the latest edition of that Leopardstown race and, on balance, can be opposed.

25/1

Form: 1-221R CD

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Free-going front-runner won a handicap at this meeting last year and career-best when making all in Naas Listed mares' contest in February, jumping well; following month surprisingly refused to jump off in Mares' Chase at Cheltenham after a messy start; faces by far her stiffest task to-date here and unlikely to get her own way in front.

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

5th

6

25th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

17:25 Punchestown

Magic Daze

11st 5lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

took keen hold, led, clear from 1st, reduced lead 4th, headed before 3 out, soon dropped to rear and detached

25/1

6

10th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

16:20 Fairyhouse

Magic Daze

10st 11lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

7/1

7

17th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Magic Daze

11st 2lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Free-going front-runner who eventually shook off a useful one at Naas last month (2m, yielding; has won on heavy) but her finishing can't be depended on beyond that trip, let alone on a stiff finish like today's; she may also have to share the early lead and looks an unlikely winner.

11/1

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Payout
Exacta €59.00
Straight Forecast €65.10
Trifecta €160.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Energumene

RP Ratings (IRE):

Energumene

TOPSPEED:

Energumene

POSTDATA:

Energumene

The Irish Sun:

Energumene