17:30 Punchestown

Thursday 26 April 2018

All15:4016:1516:5017:3018:0518:4019:1519:45
  • Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle (Grade 1)
  • 4YO plus  |   Class 1  |   3m  |   Yielding to Soft  |   12 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 17:31  |   Winning time: 6m 4.1s
1st
Horse silk
4
1011-10
11/2
T: W P MullinsJ: D J Mullins
Quickly away and made all, clear at halfway, slightly reduced advantage 2 out, went clear again entering straight, ridden and stayed on run-in, comfortably op 6/1
2nd
Horse silk
13
8
711-10
2/1f
T: W P MullinsJ: P Townend
Tracked leaders in moderate 5th, progress into moderate 3rd 5out, went closer 2nd 2 out, ridden entering straight, no impression on winner at last, kept on same pace
3rd
Horse silk
4 ¾
9
33/1
T: W P MullinsJ: D E Mullins
Tracked leaders in 4th, moderate 5th 4 out, ridden in moderate 4th before 2 out, kept on onepace in moderate 3rd straight op 25/1
4th
Horse silk
12
5
6/1
T: H De BromheadJ: S W Flanagan
Rear of mid-division, moderate 7th halfway, moderate 6th 5 out, ridden in moderate 5th 2 out, no impression op 11/2
5th
Horse silk
½
11
511-9
25/1
T: W P MullinsJ: N D Fehily
Towards rear, ridden in moderate 7th 3 out, no impression op 40/1
6th
Horse silk
¾
3
14/1
T: G ElliottJ: D N Russell
Mid-division, slight mistake 2nd, moderate 6th halfway, no impression from 3 out, never a factor op 20/1
7th
Horse silk
2 ¾
12
14/1
T: W GreatrexJ: Harry Bannister
Tracked clear leader disputing 2nd, ridden in moderate 3rd 2 out, weakened entering straight
8th
Horse silk
7 ½
10
811-10
14/1
T: W P MullinsJ: R M Power
Always towards rear, no impression from 4 out, never a factor
9th
Horse silk
32
2
33/1
T: W P MullinsJ: M P Walsh
Always towards rear, no impression from 4 out, never a factor
10th
Horse silk
hd
1
711-10
4/1
T: W P MullinsJ: Mr P W Mullins
Tracked clear leader disputing 2nd, moderate 4th 5 out, ridden and weakened from 3 out op 10/3
11th
Horse silk
hd
6
1011-10
20/1
T: Mrs J HarringtonJ: B J Geraghty
Always towards rear, mistake 6th and moderate 8th halfway, no impression from 4 out, never a factor op 25/1

Also Ran

PU
Horse silk
7
66/1
T: G ElliottJ: J W Kennedy
Always behind, trailing after halfway, pulled up before 5 out op 50/1

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:€6.10Pl:€2.00, €1.30, €6.80EX:€18.30Trifecta:€497.60Tricast:€340.53SF:€16.50

Forecasts

Penhill (2/1), Bacardys (4/1), Faugheen (11/2), Identity Thief (6/1), Diamond Cauchois (14/1), La Bague Au Roi (14/1), Yorkhill (14/1), Jezki (20/1), Bapaume (25/1), Shaneshill (33/1), Bleu Et Rouge (33/1), Lieutenant Colonel (66/1)

Verdict

Penhill looks the one to beat after his win in the Stayers Hurdle and the way he finished the race off suggested he had more in the tank if it was required. But he was a little below form her eafter winning at Cheltenham last year, and if that's the case again today, it might leave the door open for one or two others. IDENTITY THIEF really looked to have turned a corner at Aintree, the step up in trip showing him in a new light, and that form is as good - arguably, better - than Penhill's Cheltenham win. If he's over those exertions, he could follow up here. La Bague Au Roi holds place chances for a yard that won this two years ago.
  1. Identity Thief
  2. Penhill
  3. La Bague Au Roi

Previous Winners

2017
Unowhatimeanharry
Weight: 11-10  |Age: 9
4/1

Prize Money

1st: €162,250.002nd: €52,250.003rd: €24,750.004th: €11,001.005th: €5,500.006th: €2,750.00

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