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Willie Mullins Trio To Dominate Stellar Punchestown Gold Cup On Wednesday Evening

Tuesday 30th April 2019
Kemboy Is One Of The Favourites For the Punchestown Gold Cup
Kemboy Is One Of The Favourites For the Punchestown Gold Cup

The Punchestown Festival is always a fantastic week of action as Ireland brings the curtain down on yet another thrilling season of sport over the obstacles.

The five-day spectacular is a fitting finale will the best horses in training heading to the famous track for one last attempt at big race glory before being sent out to the field for their summer holidays. The top level races will of course be coming thick and fast but few would argue against the fact that the Punchestown Gold Cup odds will take centre stage.

The feature race on day two of the meeting, we have eight runners declared this season, including a trio of Willie Mullins horses who are of the very highest order. We break down the field and make our selection...

1. Al Boum Photo

The Cheltenham Gold Cup winner could hardly be in any better form following his famous Prestbury Park success and few would be surprised if he doubled up with another win here. Slightly sharper trip may count against a strong stayer but impossible to rule out.

2. Bellshill

Pulled up in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham which is a major worry but won this last year and never been beaten in three starts at Punchestown for Willie Mullins. Last run does put doubts in the mind but a genuine contender with conditions set to suit.

3. Definitly Red

A solid Grade 2 horse who tends to fall short at the very highest level and may want it soft to have any chance of being in the places. Great to see the British raider making the trip over.

Wednesday 1st May @ 18:05
Punchestown Gold Cup
Kemboy
6/4
Odds correct as of Tuesday 30th April 11:07

4. Kemboy

A first fence faller in the Cheltenham Gold Cup but bounced backed brilliantly to claim the Aintree Bowl in stunning fashion on his most recent start. Won the last five races he has completed and as he showed in Liverpool, appears to have a lovely blend of stamina and speed. One to beat.

5. Monalee

Beat Al Boum Photo as a novice and rarely runs a bad race but has slightly disappointed this term when thrown in at the deep end. Well beaten by Kemboy at Christmas and has it all on his plate to win here.

6. Snow Falcon

Disappointing on most recent start down at Grade 2 level over 2m4f at Fairyhouse which means this is a big ask. Stepping back up in trip should suit a horse with plenty of stamina but would be a shock result if he was mixing it with the favourites after the final fence.

7. Sub Lieutenant

Looked destined for big things a couple of years ago but form has tailed off since then and looks a notch or two below the likes of Kemboy and Al Boum Photo at this stage of his career. Thanks, but no thanks.

8. The Storyteller

A distant 3rd in the Irish Gold Cup, connections will be hoping for some place money at best with a horse who is perhaps out of his depth in deep graded races. A strong stayer who will be plugging on but not good enough on all known form.

Predicted Finishing Order

  1. Kemboy
  2. Bellshill
  3. Al Boum Photo

Punchestown Gold Cup Odds

Kemboy R Walsh / W P Mullins 6/4 11/8 6/4 11/8 6/4 6/4 6/4 6/4
Al Boum Photo P Townend / W P Mullins 6/4 13/8 13/8 13/8 13/8 6/4 6/4 13/8
Bellshill D J Mullins / W P Mullins 6 6 11/2 11/2 6 11/2 6 5
Monalee Rachael Blackmore / H de Bromhead 16 14 14 14 14 14 16 14
Definitly Red D R Cook / B Ellison 33 33 33 33 33 33 33 28
The Storyteller D N Russell / G Elliott 50 40 40 40 50 40 50 33
Sub Lieutenant J W Kennedy / H de Bromhead 40 66 66 66 66 66 40 66
Snow Falcon S W Flanagan / N Meade 40 66 66 66 66 50 40 66
Each Way Terms 3
1/5
3
1/5
- 3
1/5
3
1/5
3
1/5
3
1/5
3
1/5

Punchestown Gold Cup Odds

BEST ODDS
1. Kemboy R Walsh / W P Mullins
6/4
FREE BET ODDS
6/4
6/4
6/4
6/4
6/4
11/8
11/8
2. Al Boum Photo P Townend / W P Mullins
13/8
FREE BET ODDS
13/8
13/8
13/8
13/8
6/4
6/4
6/4
3. Bellshill D J Mullins / W P Mullins
11/2
FREE BET ODDS
11/2
11/2
6
6
6
6
5
4. Monalee Rachael Blackmore / H de Bromhead
16
FREE BET ODDS
16
14
14
14
14
14
16
14
5. Definitly Red D R Cook / B Ellison
33
FREE BET ODDS
33
33
33
33
33
33
33
28
6. The Storyteller D N Russell / G Elliott
50
FREE BET ODDS
50
40
40
40
50
40
50
33
7. Sub Lieutenant J W Kennedy / H de Bromhead
40
FREE BET ODDS
40
66
66
66
66
66
40
66
8. Snow Falcon S W Flanagan / N Meade
40
FREE BET ODDS
40
66
66
66
66
50
40
66
Odds correct as of 1st May, 13:52 . Odds are subject to change.
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