• 17:30 Bet Online With TheTote.com Punchestown Gold Cup 3m 1f

  • Winner €90,000 2nd €28,500 3rd €13,500 4th €4,501
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 52.80s
  • Off time: 17:31:27
17:30 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Sir Des Champs (FR) 2/1
2nd Long Run (FR) 11/4
3rd First Lieutenant (IRE) 6/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 P4-1226 Dark blue, light blue hoop, check sleeves & cap Captain Chris (IRE) 40
Course Winner
9 11-10 t P J Hobbs R Johnson 169 6/17.00
2 0U631P MAROON, yellow star, hooped sleeves, yellow cap Chicago Grey (IRE) 18
Distance Winner
10 11-10 pt G Elliott D J Condon 148 33/134.00
3 423221 Maroon, White star, armlets and cap First Lieutenant (IRE) 20
Course WinnerDistance Winner
8 11-10 p M F Morris B J Cooper 167 6/17.00
4 7F7-1P7 Light blue, dark blue chevrons and sleeves, dark blue and light blue quartered cap Kauto Stone (FR) 88
7 11-10 P F Nicholls R Walsh 161 14/115.00
5 213-213 Brown, Orange sleeves, quartered cap Long Run (FR) 40
8 11-10 p N J Henderson Mr S Waley-Cohen 170 11/43.75
6 3-33614 MAROON, WHITE star and armlets, ROYAL BLUE cap Quito De La Roque (FR) 20
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-10 p C A Murphy P Townend 160 11/112.00
7 1/11P-64 Red & white diamonds, white sleeves, red armlet, red cap Riverside Theatre 41
9 11-10 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 165 10/111.00
8 11-2412 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Sir Des Champs (FR) 40
Course and Distance Winner
7 11-10 W P Mullins D N Russell 173 2/13.00


A brilliant race in prospect with the Gold Cup second, third and sixth taking on the Betfred Bowl winner. Sir Des Champs and LONG RUN had a tremendous battle in the Cheltenham classic and though neither could hold Bobs Worth they couldn't have done much better. The former ran the race of his life and hasn't had quite as much experience in the big time as Nicky Henderson's charge, whose attempt to make all was probably thwarted by the extended 3m2f trip. He's just given the vote this time and expect a much better run from Captain Chris, only sixth at Cheltenham but only beaten narrowly by Long Run over this trip in the King George. First Lieutenant certainly deserved his Aintree success after near misses at the highest level on so many occasions. He hasn't been far behind Bobs Worth on a couple of occasions and is no forlorn hope to cause an upset. Neither last year's Ryanair winner Riverside Theatre nor the Down Royal Grade 1 winner Kauto Stone are out of this either, though both would need massive improvement on their latest form.