17:25 Punchestown

Friday 30 April 2021

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  • Paddy Power Champion Hurdle (Grade 1)
  • Class 1  |   2m  |   Yielding  |   8 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 17:25  |   Winning time: 3m 53.1s
1st
8
4/7f
T: H De BromheadJ: Rachael Blackmore
Tracked leaders on outer, improved to lead 2 out, clear and pushed along entering straight, slow jump at last and briefly strongly pressed early run-in, rallied and stayed on well inside final furlong op 8/13
2nd
2 ¼
6
812-0
9/1
T: W P MullinsJ: Mr P W Mullins
In touch in rear, 7th 3 out, closer in 5th 2 out, headway into 2nd entering straight, soon ridden, briefly strongly pressed winner after last, kept on same pace in 2nd inside final furlong tchd 10/1
3rd
10
7
9/2
T: N J HendersonJ: Aidan Coleman
Mid-division, 5th 3 out, pushed along in 4th 2 out, ridden in moderate 5th entering straight, 3rd at last, kept on one pace
4th
1 ½
1
14/1
T: Mrs D FosterJ: J W Kennedy
In touch in rear of mid-division, closer in 5th 3 out, ridden next, kept on one pace straight op 12/1
5th
2 ¾
4
512-0
8/1
T: G L MooreJ: J E Moore
Tracked leader in 2nd, took keen hod, mistake 2nd, disputed lead 4th, headed next, ridden in 2nd 2 out, no impression straight op 10/1
6th
15
3
100/1
T: G P CromwellJ: J M Moore
In rear, trailing and niggled along 3rd, bad mistake 6th, no impression from next, never a factor op 125/1 tchd 150/1
7th
½
5
33/1
T: H De BromheadJ: D J O'Keeffe
Led, joined 4th, led next, slight mistake 6th, ridden and headed 2 out, weakened tchd 40/1
8th
19
2
33/1
T: H De BromheadJ: R M Power
Tracked leaders in 3rd, not fluent 1st, mistake 3rd, ridden 3 out, weakened op 28/1

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:€1.50Pl:€1.02, €2.00, €1.80EX:€7.10Trifecta:€15.00Tricast:€14.42SF:€7.07

Forecasts

Honeysuckle (4/7), Epatante (9/2), Goshen (8/1), Sharjah (9/1), Abacadabras (14/1), Jason The Militant (33/1), Aspire Tower (33/1), Darver Star (100/1)

Verdict

HONEYSUCKLE maintained her unbeaten record in impressive fashion when beating most of these in the Champion Hurdle and she'll prove very hard to beat again. Abacadabras didn't get a chance to show what he could do when falling at Cheltenham, but he made amends in the Aintree Hurdle and could emerge as the biggest threat, while Goshen may be worth another chance back at a right-handed track.

  1. HONEYSUCKLE
  2. ABACADABRAS (FR)
  3. GOSHEN (FR)

Previous Winners

2020
Buveur D'Air
Weight: 11-12  |Age: 8
2/1

Prize Money

1st: €150,000.002nd: €50,000.003rd: €25,000.004th: €12,500.005th: €7,500.006th: €5,000.00
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