14:00 Punchestown Sun 9 December 2018
Narrowly touched off in last season's Christmas Chase (3m) before winning the Ryanair at the Cheltenham Festival (2m5f). Subsequent efforts at Aintree and Down Royal first time out a long way short of that but big chance if bouncing back.
Remarkable story created when he won the Grade One Irish Gold Cup (3m) last year considering he had nearly died 11 months earlier. Midfield subsequently in championship races here and at Cheltenham. C&D winner but better over 3m plus.
Grade One winning novice (2m1f) finished second in last year's Champion Chase (2m) and Melling Chase (2m4f) before below par here when three quick runs perhaps took their toll. This trip ideal and looks the one they all have to beat.
Well backed favourite and won at the Cheltenham festival last year and took form to new level when winning a dramatic 3m½f Grade One here when the first two came to grief at the last. Below par on return and career best needed here.
7L winner of the JLT at Cheltenham (2m4f Grade One) was second next at Fairyhouse before failing to fire here behind The Storyteller. Back to form on return when second in Down Royal Grade Two and genuine chance here.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Mrs J HarringtonJ: R M Power|
Min (1/1), Shattered Love (5/2), Balko Des Flos (5/1), The Storyteller (10/1), Edwulf (14/1)
- Shattered Love
- Balko Des Flos
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