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17:55 Punchestown

Yielding To Soft

Ladbrokes Punchestown Gold Cup (Grade 1)

  • Prize money: £156637.17
  • 3m 0f 30y
  • 6 runners
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Ladbrokes Punchestown Gold Cup (Grade 1)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

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33/1 (Won)

  • Win: £22.70
  • Place: £4.80

Form: 22-552

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 154

Form & Verdict

Not a great strike rate for one of his ability but agonising near misses at Cheltenham in 2022 Coral Cup and last month when just held by Corach Rambler in 3m1f Ultima Handicap; had previously twice suffered heavy defeats at Grade 1 level including behid Galopin Des Champs in John Durkan here; looks out of his depth.

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1st

5

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 213y

17:25 Punchestown

Fastorslow

11st 10lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

prominent, went second before 4th

3/1

3

15th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Fastorslow

11st 10lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

Has proved a natural jumper of fences and he put up a mammoth display when narrowly failing to give 4lb to Corach Rambler in the Ultima last March; gave Galopin Des Champs and Bravemansgame a nasty shock in a 3m Punchestown Grade 1 (yielding) next time and had the former nearly 2l away in third when winning there in November; had to play second fiddle to a reinvigorated Galopin Des Champs at Leopardstown next time but has had wind surgery since and this reliable stayer has a sporting chance of revenge over the longest trip he's tackled.

4/1

2nd

2

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

15:35 Leopardstown

Fastorslow

11st 10lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

raced in second, not fluent 13th, pushed along and pressed leader approaching last, no extra inside final 110yds

11/4

2/5

  • Place: £1.10

Form: F1-111 C

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 180

Form & Verdict

Top-class chaser has won all six completed starts over fences, notably at Grade 1 level this season in John Durkan here, Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown and when stamping his authority on the run-in for 7l defeat of Bravemansgame in 3m2f Cheltenham Gold Cup last month under a patient ride; equally adept back at 3m and although jumping still not perfect, very hard to oppose.

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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

Form: 14-112 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 172

Form & Verdict

Better than ever this season in light campaign, comeback win in Charlie Hall at Wetherby followed by King George success and back from a short break to finish a clear second to 7l winner Galopin Des Champs in 3m2f Cheltenham Gold Cup, outstayed from the last; acts well on soft but has form on better ground; again the main rival to Galopin Des Champs and this easier track and shorter trip should play to his strengths.

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6th

2

11th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:55 Aintree

Bravemansgame

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Last season's King George winner (3m, soft) and Gold Cup second (3m2f, soft) who hasn't hit the same heights this term, coming fifth in the Gold Cup last month; however, he showed considerable spark when second in the King George (3m, good) and perhaps cheekpieces will be a plus; not ruled out.

9/1

5th

1

15th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Bravemansgame

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Had an easy task in the King George (3m, soft; acts on good) last winter once L'Homme Presse had unseated at the final fence but he couldn't raise the same gallop as Galopin Des Champs when runner-up in this race next time; has had excuses since, bordering on being unlucky in the King George on Boxing Day when badly hampered two out and unable to resist the winner's late dash; very willing but unlikely to be good enough to win.

14/1

2nd

2

26th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Bravemansgame

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Triumphed in this race last year on the back of a reappearance win in the Charlie Hall, and he was a highly creditable second in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March; not at his very best when runner-up on his two runs this term, in the Charlie Hall then the Betfair Chase, and he needs to raise his game, but he's a major player if rediscovering last season's peak form.

2/1

Form: 33-171 C

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 164

Form & Verdict

Was recording an eighth Grade 1 success (fourth over fences and his best) when beating a below-par Shishkin in 2m4f Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham last month, having travelled strongly; had previously run well below expectations in King George behind Bravemansgame (never travelling in tacky ground and jumping poorly) but clearly in great heart and stays 3m; could go well.

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3

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Envoi Allen

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Acts on any ground; ran creditably, albeit beaten 4l by Protektorat, at Cheltenham four weeks ago when bidding for a second success in the Ryanair; retains all of his ability aged ten but it's 19 years since a veteran last landed this prize; first visit to Aintree.

11/2

2nd

5

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Envoi Allen

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Acts on any going; absent since his close second in Grade 1 thriller at Down Royal (3m) four months ago; similarly fresh when he won this race last year, taking Cheltenham Festival record to 3-5, and he holds very solid claims back here despite his age now reaching double figures; veterans have endured a barren spell in the Ryanair for over a decade but 10yos landed this prize in 2006, 2008 and 2011.

3/1

Form: -1336F C

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 159

Form & Verdict

Grade 2 winning hurdler here and Grade 1 winning novice chaser but only third behind Galopin Des Champs in Irish Gold Cup in February and early faller in Aintree National just 11 days ago; hard to fancy.

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Payout
Exacta €294.00
Straight Forecast €306.70
Trifecta €490.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Galopin Des Champs

RP Ratings (IRE):

Galopin Des Champs

TOPSPEED:

Galopin Des Champs

POSTDATA:

Galopin Des Champs

The Irish Sun:

Galopin Des Champs