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Yielding To Soft

Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle (Grade 1)

  • Prize money: £156637.17
  • 2m 7f 130y
  • 9 runners
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Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle (Grade 1)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.20
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 51-229 CD

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 160

Form & Verdict

Top-class stayer has won this race for the past two years, beating Ashdale Bob last occasion; just two starts this season, running Teahupoo to a neck in the Hattons Grace on return but was well below his best in the Stayers Hurdle having had an interrupted preparation; Paul Townend's pick.

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Verdict Starting price

1st

6

23rd Nov 2023

Yielding

2m 6f 0y

12:10 Thurles

Klassical Dream

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

jumped well, made all, travelled strongly, faced challenge but going easily after 2 out

1/4

1st

3

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 7f 130y

17:25 Punchestown

Klassical Dream

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Top-class stayer has won this race for the past two years, beating Ashdale Bob last occasion; just two starts this season, running Teahupoo to a neck in the Hattons Grace on return but was well below his best in the Stayers Hurdle having had an interrupted preparation; Paul Townend's pick.

3/1

9th

8

16th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Klassical Dream

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Won the Supreme Novices' here in 2019 and has added three staying Grade 1s more recently; neck second to Teahupoo in Grade 1 Hatton's Grace at Fairyhouse in December and the subsequent break isn't an issue as he goes very well fresh; only fifth in this last year (soft) having travelled well and there's a suspicion he'll again be vulnerable to stronger stayers at this stiff track; better ground than 12 months ago would probably aid his cause.

8/1

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9/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: F47-21 C

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Grade 1 novice winner over hurdles went on to show top-class form over fences, including when running away with a valuable handicap at this meeting in 2021; suffered jumping frailties following season but two fine runs back to hurdles lately, beating Monkfish at Fairyhouse last time; not certain to uphold that form.

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2nd

1

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:00 Punchestown

Asterion Forlonge

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Seven career wins; alternating between hurdles and fences this season, second in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown in December and beaten a dozen lengths in the Stayers Hurdle; won a match for a Grade 3 chase at Cork over Easter; each-way chance.

10/1

1st

1

31st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

15:30 Cork

Asterion Forlonge

11st 0lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

raced wide, raced in second, joined leader 5th, switched right before 11th, disputed lead on inner after 5 out, led narrowly when jumped right 3 out, went clear when jumped right 2 out, steadied when jumped right last, easily

4/7

1

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Asterion Forlonge

11st 10lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Grade 1 novice hurdle winner in 2020 and, having been somewhat patchy over fences, he reverted to hurdles last spring and posted a Grade 2 win (2m4f, yielding to soft) and a near-miss in the Grade 1 Champion Stayers at Punchestown (2m7f, good to yielding); each-way claims on that form but not at the same level on either Irish run this season (fences/hurdles).

50/1

4/1

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 55P411 D

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 10lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 160

Form & Verdict

Dual Pertemps Hurdle Final winner made the breakthrough in this grade at Aintree last year before beaten 4l by Klassical Dream in this race; below form early this term but back to best in winning the Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham and Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree; big player if repeating that form.

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7

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:00 Punchestown

Sire Du Berlais

11st 10lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Gordon Elliott

Enjoyed the season of his life last year, winning at Cheltenham and Aintree before finishing a close third in this race; only seen out twice this season and stayed on well to finish a decent fifth in the Stayers Hurdle; comes here fresher than most and no surprise should he play a big hand.

10/1

11

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Sire Du Berlais

11st 10lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Gordon Elliott

Now a 12yo and can't keep going forever; has run just once this season, when soundly beaten in the Grade 2 Boyne Hurdle at Navan last month, but that same 2m5f contest was used as his prep outing prior to his 33-1 win in this race last season (soft); followed up Grade 1 Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree (3m, good to soft); has an excellent record at the Festival, with form figures reading 411201, and no surprise if he plays a leading role once more.

12/1

Form: 96-113 D BF

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 162

Form & Verdict

Classy hurdler over 2m but showed improved form raised in trip this season; beat Klassical Dream and Honeysuckle in the Grade 1 Hattons Grace over 2m4f before hammering Summerville Boy in the Galmoy Hurdle up to this trip; a close third to Sire Du Berlais in the Stayers' Hurdle last time and a serious chance today.

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1st

9

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:00 Punchestown

Teahupoo

11st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Only two runs this season but proved himself better than ever, winning the Hatton's Grace in December before proving himself the best stayer in the business with a decisive success in the Stayers Hurdle at Cheltenham; hard to oppose here.

4/5

13

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Teahupoo

11st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Favourite for this last year (soft) when close third behind Sire Du Berlais and Dashel Drasher; not quite at his best next time when 3l fourth in Grade 1 Champion Stayers at Punchestown; has run just once this season, when showing very classy form to win the Grade 1 Hatton's Grace at Fairyhouse (2m4f, soft) in December for the second successive season; only seven and may be a stronger sort than 12 months ago, which could enable him to come out on top.

7/4

1st

3

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 70y

14:35 Fairyhouse

Teahupoo

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders on outer, headway and disputed lead before 2 out, ridden and led run-in, kept on well towards finish

9/4

Form: 2-342P

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Useful sort has run well numerous times in open Graded company since winning two Grade 2 novice events; best run this season when 3l second in the Jack de Bromhead Christmas Hurdle; questions after being pulled-up in the Stayers Hurdle.

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2nd

1

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:35 Punchestown

Ashdale Bob

11st 12lb

J: Conor Smithers

T: Mrs John Harrington

held up in rear, headway before 3 out, keeping on when steadied last, went second and kept on run-in, no match for winner

20/1

6th

1

31st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 0y

16:05 Cork

Ashdale Bob

11st 12lb

J: Conor Smithers

T: Mrs John Harrington

Not the force he once was; was unable to score on favourable terms in a Leopardstown conditions event last time; cheekpieces are retained here and down another 3lb; still a dangerous opponent here with 7lb taken off his back.

4/1

2nd

4

3rd Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 72y

14:50 Leopardstown

Ashdale Bob

11st 2lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Mrs John Harrington

prominent, went second before 5th, led going okay after 2 out, faced challenge when ridden before last, headed but kept on run-in, no match for winner

4/6

Form: /5-421 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 10lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Former top novice hurdler ran respectably on first two starts for this yard before showing better form to beat a returning Asterion Forlonge in a 2m7f Thurles conditions event; could struggle to confirm that form and has others to worry about too.

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9th

8

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:00 Punchestown

Summerville Boy

11st 10lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

Seven career wins, the most recent when beating Asterion Forlonge in a Thurles conditions event last year; runner-up in the same contest last month after chasing home Monkfish at Gowran; consistent and deserves a change of luck but it is unlikely to come here.

50/1

2nd

3

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 193y

16:15 Thurles

Summerville Boy

11st 5lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

2018 Supreme winner and has a smart level of recent form too; chased home Monkfish in a Grade 2 hurdle at Gowran last time and a repeat of that effort could be enough.

7/4

2nd

4

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

14:15 Gowran Park

Summerville Boy

11st 3lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

2018 Supreme Novices' winner; won a Thurles conditions hurdle last March before a respectable effort in a Punchestown Grade 1; behind Ashdale Bob then, but in front of a below-par Monkfish; now at the veteran stage but showed enthusiasm when second in a 3m1f handicap at Navan last month.

12/1

Form: -03424

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Useful sort is only 1-10 over hurdles but has run with credit in Graded contests numerous times; best run this season when 3.5l third in the Jack de Bromhead Christmas Hurdle; below that level at Cheltenham and has a bit to find today.

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7th

4

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 7f 130y

17:25 Punchestown

Meet And Greet

11st 10lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

Useful sort is only 1-10 over hurdles but has run with credit in Graded contests numerous times; best run this season when 3.5l third in the Jack de Bromhead Christmas Hurdle; below that level at Cheltenham and has a bit to find today.

25/1

4th

6

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:35 Aintree

Meet And Greet

11st 10lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

prominent, ridden after 3 out, kept on until no extra from last

11/1

2nd

8

12th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 0y

14:40 Navan

Meet And Greet

11st 3lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

prominent, joined leaders when nudged along 3 out, briefly led 2 out, soon ridden and joined, headed and kept on well but held after last, no match for winner

9/2

Form: /153-3

Last run: 152 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Useful sort is lightly-raced; won a Navan maiden hurdle last season and was a respectable 12l third to Sir Gerhard in the Ballymore Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham; beaten 30l on chasing debut earlier this season; lots to find.

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3rd

1

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 15y

Class 3

18:10 Hexham

Whatdeawant

11st 10lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

in touch with leaders

5/2

8th

9

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 7f 130y

17:25 Punchestown

Whatdeawant

11st 10lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

Useful sort is lightly-raced; won a Navan maiden hurdle last season and was a respectable 12l third to Sir Gerhard in the Ballymore Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham; beaten 30l on chasing debut earlier this season; lots to find.

28/1

3rd

8

26th Nov 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

12:00 Gowran Park

Whatdeawant

11st 12lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

in touch with leaders, pushed along and some headway 3 out, no impression when left in poor third 2 out, kept on

6/1

Form: 1112/2 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Top-class staying novice hurdler in 2020, winning the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham; won three Grade 1s over fences following season but was absent after being beaten at this meeting; ran a stormer over hurdles on comeback at Fairyhouse over 2m4f when just behind Asterion Forlonge; can improve from that.

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8th

5

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:00 Punchestown

Monkfish

11st 10lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Unable to fulfill his immense promise due to injury; won the Galmoy Hurdle in January and not disgraced in the Liverpool Hurdle last time but needs to find a bit more; bled in the Cheltenham Gold Cup on his penultimate run.

20/1

4th

9

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Monkfish

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Very promising in his younger days but missed two years due to an injury and, despite Grade 2 win on most recent hurdles attempt, it's still not clear whether he retains full ability; pulled up (bled from nose) in Cheltenham Gold Cup last month.

12/1

10

15th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Monkfish

11st 10lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Unbeaten in two runs at the Festival in the Albert Bartlett in 2020 and Brown Advisory the following year; has raced just three times, over hurdles, since back from two-year absence and was returning from another layoff when winning at Gowran in January; something very special will be needed if he's to overcome the interruptions and the passing of the years to play a part.

25/1

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Payout
Exacta €214.00
Straight Forecast €282.10
Tricast €1560.10
Trifecta €1583.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Klassical Dream

TOPSPEED:

Sire Du Berlais

RP Ratings (IRE):

Teahupoo

The Irish Sun:

Klassical Dream

POSTDATA:

Sire Du Berlais