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15:35 Leopardstown

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Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1)

  • Prize money: £121739.13
  • 3m 0f 70y
  • 4 runners
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Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1)

Runners: 4 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

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2/5 (Won)

  • Win: £1.20

Form: 112-31 CD

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 180

Form & Verdict

Had won all six completed chase starts, including this event and Cheltenham Gold Cup, before being mastered by Fastorslow over 3m at Punchestown last April; jumping was untidy at times when suffering another Punchestown reverse behind Fastorslow in the John Durkan; firmly in pole position after a brilliant performance in Fastorslow's absence in the Savills.

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

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

3rd

5

26th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 150y

14:30 Punchestown

Galopin Des Champs

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

didn't always jump with fluency, in rear early, in touch with leaders after 4th, pushed along briefly after 3 out, headway and challenging home turn, pushed along when jumped slightly right 2 out, no extra when switched right after last

4/9

Form: 5521-1 D

Last run: 69 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 168

Form & Verdict

Dramatic progress since running over 2m1f at this fixture last season; second to Corach Rambler in Ultima Handicap before upstaging Galopin Des Champs over 3m at Punchestown in April; repeated the feat over a shorter trip on seasonal debut in the John Durkan; again holds a fighting chance, though his key rival's sparkling display at Christmas sets an imposing standard.

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

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

1st

4

26th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 150y

14:30 Punchestown

Fastorslow

11st 12lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

pressed leaders, not fluent 5th, not fluent 8th, went second before 5 out, ridden when outpaced before last, stayed on to lead when jockey dropped whip after last, pushed out, readily

11/2

Form: 441-14

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 158

Form & Verdict

Fourth in two Grade 1 events last season; overcame tendency to race lazily and to jump to the left when landing the 3m5f Irish Grand National; put his experience to good use when winning the Drinmore on his final novice outing; ran in snatches and jumped untidily at times when a distant fourth in the Savills; 22lb behind Galopin Des Champs on official figures.

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

1st

1

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 88y

15:50 Fairyhouse

I Am Maximus

11st 12lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: W P Mullins

jumped left on occasions, raced in third behind clear leaders, mistake 8th, smooth headway before 2 out, led going easily approaching last, soon clear, not fluent last, shaken up and went further clear run-in

5/4

3rd

4

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

15:35 Leopardstown

I Am Maximus

11st 10lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: W P Mullins

jumped left throughout, raced in last, detached from 8th, no impression from 12th

25/1

4th

10

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

14:25 Leopardstown

I Am Maximus

11st 10lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: W P Mullins

raced lazily at times, in touch with leaders early, not fluent and slightly hampered 1st, soon towards rear, not fluent 9th, nudged along after 12th, headway when pushed along briefly 4 out

25/1

Form: 3P-53U CD

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 164

Form & Verdict

Beat Minella Indo in this race in 2022 and won last season's Savills Chase here; third to Galopin Des Champs in the Cheltenham Gold Cup before ending the season on a low note at Aintree; tame effort on return at Punchestown; much better at Down Royal; stable's second string in the Savills, supplied a fairly level gallop, fading when unseated at the last; vulnerable.

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

1

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

15:35 Leopardstown

Conflated

11st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

raced in third, outpaced on turn after 2 out

9/1

0

5

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

14:25 Leopardstown

Conflated

11st 10lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Beat Minella Indo in the 2022 Irish Gold Cup and won this event 12 months ago; third in Cheltenham Gold Cup before ending the season on a low note at Aintree; tame effort on return at Punchestown and needs to reverse Down Royal form with stablemate Gerri Colombe and Envoi Allen.

14/1

3rd

1

11th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

14:20 Down Royal

Conflated

11st 10lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Officially the highest-rated in this field; beat Minella Indo by 6l when winning the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown in 2022 and added the Savills Chase at the same track last winter after being 3rd to Envoi Allen in this race; however, was very disappointing when beaten nearly 20l by Minella Indo on return at Punchestown and Jack Kennedy prefers Gerri Colombe.

5/1

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Payout
Exacta €17.00
Straight Forecast €20.40
Trifecta €39.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Galopin Des Champs

TOPSPEED:

Fastorslow

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Galopin Des Champs

POSTDATA:

Galopin Des Champs

The Irish Sun:

Galopin Des Champs