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14:30 Punchestown

Soft To Heavy

John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase (Grade 1)

  • Prize money: £52212.39
  • 2m 3f 150y
  • 6 runners
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John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase (Grade 1)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £7.20
  • Place: £2.00

Form: /5521- C

Last run: 214 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 168

Form & Verdict

Twice second in Cheltenham festival handicaps, in the 2022 Coral Cup and when just held by Corach Rambler in last season's Ultima Handicap; produced a major giant-killing act when beating Galopin Des Champs over 3m here in April; repeat seems unlikely at this trip, since he was a remote fifth in this race last year.

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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

14/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 13432- C

Last run: 215 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Top-class novice hurdler in 2020/21 season; career interrupted before resuming with 2m beginners' chase win here a year ago, making all; followed up in a very weak Naas contest before failing to score in four Grade 1 attempts; lowest-rated of the five Mullins runners.

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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

5th

2

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

14:25 Leopardstown

Appreciate It

11st 10lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

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.

16/1

Form: /1112- CD BF

Last run: 214 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 179

Form & Verdict

Had won all six completed starts over fences before being mastered by Fastorslow over 3m here in April, a sharp reversal of the form of this race 12 months ago which he won readily; much too strong for Stattler in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown before 7l defeat of Bravemansgame in the Cheltenham Gold Cup; should now resume on a winning note.

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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

1st

8

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

14:25 Leopardstown

Galopin Des Champs

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

travelled strongly, raced wide, pressed leader, briefly led 9th

2/1

Form: 11283- C

Last run: 215 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 163

Form & Verdict

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.

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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: /212-0 CD

Last run: 190 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 160

Form & Verdict

Former Grade 1 novice hurdle winner; not the most dependable sort over fences, although his only two chase wins have come at this venue, notably a 2m5f handicap at the 2021 festival; campaigned exclusively over hurdles last term, won a Grade 2 event at Fairyhouse in April and ran well behind stablemate Klassical Dream here later that month.

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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

2nd

1

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 80y

13:50 Leopardstown

Asterion Forlonge

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Former Grade 1 novice hurdle winner; patchy record over fences, 2-12; campaigned exclusively over hurdles last term, won a 2m4f Grade 2 event at Fairyhouse and ran creditably behind stablemate Klassical Dream in Grade 1 stayers' event at Punchestown; should be sharper for a Grade 1 chase appearance at Punchestown last month.

6/1

Form: 1/22P- D

Last run: 254 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 163

Form & Verdict

Won the 3m6f National Hunt Chase at the 2022 Cheltenham festival; ran only three times last season; decent effort against the 8lb-receiving Minella Indo at Tramore; posed no threat to Galopin Des Champs in the Irish Gold Cup; struggled from early in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, tongue-tie on for the first time now; trip looks inadequate.

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9

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Stattler

11st 5lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Acts on heavy; easily won the 3m6f NH Chase at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival and this will be only his second appearance over a marathon trip; that's enticing but he was pulled up in the 2023 Cheltenham Gold Cup and has not really sparked in his three runs this term; did not take to it at all on the banks course at Punchestown last time but there are none of those hindrances here.

50/1

4th

2

5th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 130y

13:20 Punchestown

Stattler

12st 0lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Won the 3m6f National Hunt Chase at the 2022 Cheltenham festival; three high-level runs last season, though posed no threat in the Irish Gold Cup; struggled from early in the Cheltenham Gold Cup; trip was inadequate in the John Durkan on seasonal debut; more like it behind Allaho at Thurles; hugely interesting recruit to the cross-country scene.

15/8

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Payout
Exacta €384.00
Straight Forecast €584.00
Trifecta €845.00

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