Bibby Financial Services Ireland Punchestown Gold Cup (Grade 1) 3m 1f

  • (5yo+, 3m 1f, Class 1, 9 runners)
  • Winner €120,000 2nd €38,000 3rd €18,000 4th €6,000 5th €4,000 6th €2,000
  • Going: Good to Yielding
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 22.40s
  • Off time: 17:31:59
Full result
Result 17:30 Punchestown
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 2 Boston Bob 5/2f
2nd 3 First Lieutenant 5/1
3rd 5 Long Run 6/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 5-F613
Pink, Emerald Green chevron, halved sleeves, quartered cap Argocat (IRE) 27
  • T:T J Taaffe
  • J:A P McCoy
  • Form: 5-F613
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 162
  • Naps:
6 164 11-10 T J Taaffe A P McCoy 162 9/1
2 F-1661
Beige & black halved, black chevrons on sleeves, beige cap Boston Bob (IRE) 26
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:R Walsh
  • Form: F-1661
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 159
  • Naps:
9 164 11-10 W P Mullins R Walsh 159 5/2f
3 34234
MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star First Lieutenant (IRE) 27
  • T:M F Morris
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 34234
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-10b1
  • OR: 161
  • Naps:
9 164 11-10 b1 M F Morris B J Geraghty 161 5/1
4 41F633
MAROON, pink sleeves, white cap Foildubh (IRE) 24
  • T:J P Ryan
  • J:A E Lynch
  • Form: 41F633
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 153
  • Naps:
10 164 11-10 J P Ryan A E Lynch 153 66/1
5 54U1F
Brown, Orange sleeves, quartered cap Long Run (FR) 25
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:Mr S Waley-Cohen
  • Form: 54U1F
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-10p
  • OR: 162
  • Naps:
9 164 11-10 p N J Henderson Mr S Waley-Cohen 162 6/1
6 23-556
EMERALD GREEN, red sleeves, check cap Lyreen Legend (IRE) 47
  • T:D T Hughes
  • J:P Carberry
  • Form: 23-556
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 157
  • Naps:
7 164 11-10 D T Hughes P Carberry 157 11/2
7 234/48
Orange, Black star, Black and Orange striped sleeves Medermit (FR) 48
  • T:A King
  • J:Wayne Hutchinson
  • Form: 234/48
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 149
  • Naps:
10 164 11-10 A King Wayne Hutchinson 149 25/1
9 541072
PURPLE, gold sleeves, hooped cap Noble Prince (GER) 10
  • T:P Nolan
  • J:D N Russell
  • Form: 541072
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-10p
  • OR: 145
  • Naps:
10 164 11-10 p P Nolan D N Russell 145 33/1
10 766112
black and Beige halved, black chevrons on beige sleeves, red cap On His Own (IRE) 47
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:P Townend
  • Form: 766112
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 164
  • Naps:
10 164 11-10 W P Mullins P Townend 164 4/1

Non Runners

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps Odds
8 1-1123
Morning Assembly (IRE) 49
  • Nag Me
  • Course Winner
  • T:P A Fahy
  • J:D J Casey
  • Form: 1-1123
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 153
  • Naps:
7 1110 P A Fahy D J Casey 153 NR

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2013   Sir Des Champs (FR)
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:D N Russell
7 11-10 W P Mullins D N Russell 2/1
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In depth

Verdict

Willie Mullins won last year's renewal of this Grade 1 contest and will fancy his chances of landing the spoils again as both BOSTON BOB and On His Own arrive off the back of impressive performances at the highest level and will be prominent in the betting. Preference is for Ruby Walsh's mount after he returned to his best with victory in the Melling Chase at Aintree. He's always been held in high regard and should be followed now finally starting to fulfil his potential. He ran over a shorter trip at Cheltenham and never really figured but On His Own carried the Wylie colours with distinction in the Gold Cup, only going down by a short-head to Lord Windermere in a blanket finish. He'd won his previous two starts at Gowran and Fairyhouse and is much improved. First Lieutenant usually runs well in this grade but doesn't win as often as he should and Long Run may not be the force of old. The novice Morning Assembly may be biting off more than he can chew at this stage of his career while Lyreen Legend looks held by a couple of these on last season's form. Argocat finished ahead of First Lieutenant at Aintree but needs to reproduce that form on a consistent basis.

Formwatch

Morning Assembly (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) Mid-division in touch on inside, headway 4 out, effort next, outpaced 2 out, ridden and kept on to take 3rd flat, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 15, 6l behind O'Faolains Boy (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m nov chs G1 (1) gd in Mar.

Boston Bob (IRE) 5-1 (11-10) Held up behind, not fluent 8th, pushed along 4 out, headway after 2 out, effort and stayed on to challenge on inside when not fluent last, ridden and ran on well to lead final 50 yards, won at Aintree 2m 4f chs G1 (1) gd beating Rolling Aces (11-10) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.

First Lieutenant (IRE) 10-3 (11-7) Prominent, led after 4 out, headed and ridden 3 out, hung right approaching last, soon 4th and beaten, one pace, 4th of 6, 4l behind Silviniaco Conti (11-7) at Aintree 3m 1f chs G1 (1) gd.

Long Run (FR) 12-1 (11-9) With leader until fell 9th (valentines), in a race won by Pineau De Re (10-6) at Aintree 4m 3f (1) gs, 40 ran.

Medermit (FR) 20-1 (11-10) Towards rear, hit 6th, ridden after 11th, well beaten before 3 out, 8th of 11, 24l behind Dynaste (11-10) at Cheltenham 2m 5f Grade 1 chs (1) gd in Mar.

Foildubh (IRE) 16-1 (11-10) Raced in rear, went moderate 3rd after 5 out, hit 2 out, soon ridden and no impression, kept on same pace,, 3rd of 5, 21l behind Arvika Ligeonniere (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f chs Grd 2 (1) sft.

Lyreen Legend (IRE) 33-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, headway to join leaders 3 out, every chance on inside when blundered next, soon ridden, one pace flat, 6th of 13, 7l behind Lord Windermere (11-10) at Cheltenham 3m 2f chs G1 (1) gd in Mar.

Argocat (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Held up in last, not fluent 14th, pushed along to chase leaders 4 out, hard ridden after 2 out, went 3rd last, stayed on same pace, unable to quite challenge, 3rd of 6, 3l behind Silviniaco Conti (11-7) at Aintree 3m 1f chs G1 (1) gd.

On His Own (IRE) 16-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, led after 3rd, headed narrowly 4 out, driven next, outpaced when went right and bumped 2 out, rallied flat, stayed on and every chance when carried right towards finish, just held, 2nd of 13, shd behind Lord Windermere (11-10) at Cheltenham 3m 2f chs G1 (1) gd in Mar.

Noble Prince (GER) 3-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, closer in 3rd from 9th, lost place briefly 5 out, challenged from before 3 out where gained narrow lead, attempted to assert before next, joined at last, stayed on well on far side rail run-in, headed near line, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Toner D'Oudairies (11-8) at Cork 3m chs Grade 3 (1).