Punchestown

  • 18:05 Coral Punchestown Gold Cup 3m 120y

  • Winner €176,999 2nd €57,000 3rd €27,000 4th €12,000
  • Going: Yielding
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 25.40s
  • Off time: 18:06:52
18:05 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Kemboy (FR) 13/8
2nd Al Boum Photo (FR) 7/4
3rd The Storyteller (IRE) 25/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 2F1R-11 YELLOW & BLACK CHECK, yellow sleeves, black star on cap Al Boum Photo (FR) 47
7 11-10 W P Mullins P Townend 175 7/42.75
2 151-41P Beige & black halved, black chevrons on sleeves, beige cap Bellshill (IRE) 47
Course WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-10 W P Mullins D J Mullins 168 5/16.00
3 6U-112B Light green, dark green chevron, red sleeves, white & red striped cap Definitly Red (IRE) 47
Distance Winner
10 11-10 B Ellison D R Cook 160 22/123.00
4 11-11U1 Royal blue, light blue star, white sleeves, royal blue stars, white cap, royal blue star Kemboy (FR) 27
Course WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-10 W P Mullins Ruby Walsh 174 13/82.62
5 2F-3214 MAROON, yellow stars, maroon sleeves, striped cap Monalee (IRE) 48
Course Winner
8 11-10 H De Bromhead Rachael Blackmore 164 13/27.50
6 UP-4114 CERISE Snow Falcon (IRE) 9
Beaten Favourite
9 11-10 N Meade S W Flanagan 157 33/134.00
7 1572P2 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Sub Lieutenant (IRE) 26
Course and Distance Winner
10 11-10 pt H De Bromhead J W Kennedy 157 33/134.00
8 5463P2 DARK BLUE, yellow diamond & sleeves, yellow cap, red diamond The Storyteller (IRE) 9
Course and Distance Winner
8 11-10 G Elliott D N Russell 159 25/126.00

Verdict

This has the makings of the race of the meeting. Bellshill won this last year and is unbeaten in three starts on the course. He once again failed to shine at Cheltenham when pulled up in the Gold Cup and he's never won there but this is his track and he's no forlorn hope to beat his illustrious stable companions Al Boum Photo and KEMBOY. The former ran out under unusual circumstances here a year ago but has put his early jumping problems behind and stormed to victory in the Gold Cup from a top-notch field. However, third-placed Bristol De Mai was beaten further at Aintree by Kemboy than at Cheltenham and the latter is looking every inch a champion so can put his first-fence mishap in the Gold Cup behind him and land his biggest prize to date. Definitly Red was brought down at the 10th at Cheltenham but his overall form gives him plenty to find while Monalee, who had beaten Al Boum Photo as a novice last year, found 2m4f on the short side behind Frodon in the Ryanair.