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17:25 Punchestown

Yielding

Paddy Power Champion Hurdle (Grade 1)

  • Prize money: £156637.17
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • 6 runners
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Paddy Power Champion Hurdle (Grade 1)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

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4/9 (Won)

  • Win: £1.20
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 1-1112 CD

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 166

Form & Verdict

Last season's County Hurdle winner; completed a Grade 1 four-timer when making all to dethrone Honeysuckle in the Irish Champion; comfortably beat stablemate Vauban in the Matheson at Christmas and upheld that form readily when chasing home Constitution Hill in the Champion Hurdle; can regain the winning thread now.

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

1st

4

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 45y

18:00 Punchestown

State Man

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

raced in second

2/7

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

6/1

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 11-234 CD

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 160

Form & Verdict

Completed a Grade 1 hat-trick in juvenile hurdles last February-April, beating the same rival Fil Dor at Leopardstown Cheltenham, and this venue; has confirmed a high standard of form in the senior ranks, second behind stablemate State Man in the Matheson, and third in the Irish Champion Hurdle; lost third place to Zanahiyr in the Champion Hurdle.

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

Form: 7-4222 C

Last run: 6 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Third behind State Man in last season's County Hurdle; had his first two races this season over fences; back over hurdles on his last two starts; decent performance when chasing home Rubaud in the Scottish Champion Hurdle, but he is the lowest-rated here to the tune of 12lb; first-time cheekpieces

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

3rd

1

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 45y

18:00 Punchestown

Colonel Mustard

11st 12lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Mrs Lorna Fowler

in touch with leaders, raced in last when niggled along briefly after 4 out

33/1

1

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Colonel Mustard

11st 10lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Mrs Lorna Fowler

Has performed creditably in races won by State Man and Nemean Lion on last two attempts over hurdles; however, looks highly unlikely to turn the tables, being a well exposed 9yo who still has a modest strike-rate (only 1-13 in this sphere); faces a harder task back at Grade 1 level and needs help from the first-time blinkers.

50/1

2nd

4

17th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 1

14:05 Wincanton

Colonel Mustard

11st 4lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Mrs Lorna Fowler

held up in last, headway after 5th, went second but not fluent 2 out, switched right run-in, kept on final 110yds

5/2

Form: -7P533 D

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 158

Form & Verdict

Has been competing almost exclusively since a Grade 2 win at Down Royal in October 2021; below form on his first three starts this season; much more like it when third behind Constitution Hill at Cheltenham and Aintree; no reason why he should turn the tables on State Man.

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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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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

Form: -11542 CD

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 157

Form & Verdict

Third behind Vauban in the 2022 Triumph Hurdle; won at Cheltenham and Down Royal last autumn; fourth of five behind State Man in the Irish Champion Hurdle; a shade unlucky not to win the County Hurdle with Sharjah back in fourth; well held by the Mullins-trained principals.

Place /
No / Draw
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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

Form: -23242 CD

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 158

Form & Verdict

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

6th

6

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 213y

18:00 Punchestown

Sharjah

11st 10lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

High-class hurdler had been mixing it at the top level over fences this season at shorter trips before third chase win when dropped in grade at Ayr 10 days ago, patiently ridden and seeing the 3m out well when giving away lumps of weight in novice handicap; drying ground should help his cause and not one to rule out.

10/1

1st

1

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 2

13:50 Ayr

Sharjah

12st 0lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Top-class hurdler who has shown a good level of form over fences, banging his head against a wall in Grade 1s in his last four appearances; finished fourth in last season's County Hurdle in his last handicap assignment and that was off an 8lb higher mark; may run well, though stamina could be an issue on this belated first run beyond 2m4f.

10/1

9

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 168y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Sharjah

11st 7lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Similar profile to Zanahiyr, having performed well in two Champion Hurdles (runner-up in 2020 and 2021); has shown a good level of form over fences, including Grade 3 success over 2m4f, but subsequent Grade 1 defeats reinforce the unlikelihood of a belated first Cheltenham Festival success now aged 11; no horse older than eight has won this contest.

25/1

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Trifecta €137.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

State Man

RP Ratings (IRE):

State Man

TOPSPEED:

State Man

POSTDATA:

State Man

The Irish Sun:

State Man