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Kemboy is back at Leopardstown to defend his Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup crown on the opening day of the Dublin Racing Festival.
Willie Mullins’ popular chaser, who scored by 2l from The Storyteller in last year’s renewal, faces seven rivals including Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Minella Indo, British challenger Frodon and talented stablemate Asterion Forlonge.
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The Grade 1 contest is set to start at 3.15pm on Saturday, February 5 – and Paddy’s dangling a mouthwatering €150,000 bonus if the winner can go on to score in next month’s Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival. Woof!
Our pals at Timeform have run the rule over the eight runners in the Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup and offered an early tip.
Trainer: W. P. Mullins Jockey: B. J. Cooper Age: 8 Weight: 11st 10lbs
High-class handicap performance when winning easily at Punchestown last spring. Jumping lapses held him back since, set for second when falling last in King George at Kempton latest.
Trainer: W. P. Mullins Jockey: S. F. O’Keeffe Age: 10 Weight: 11st 10lbs
Very smart chaser who didn’t have to be at best to bag a Thurles listed win in November. Ran poorly when turned over at short odds over hurdles at Punchestown on New Year’s Eve. Others preferred.
Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: Davy Russell Age: 8 Weight: 11st 10lbs
Smart effort when landing 10-runner handicap chase at Navan (20f, good to soft) in December but there’s nothing in his record to suggest he’s up to this level of competition.
Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: J. W. Kennedy Age: 9 Weight: 11st 10lbs
Winner of this in 2020 and third last year. Reappearance fourth behind Frodon at Down Royal was respectable but he disappointed in the Savills here over Christmas. Cheekpieces reached for.
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Trainer: Paul Nicholls Jockey: Bryony Frost Age: 10 Weight: 11st 10lbs
Last season’s King George hero who had Minella Indo and Delta Work behind when landing another Grade 1 win on Down Royal return. Went too hard when below-form fourth in this winter’s King George.
Trainer: W. P. Mullins Jockey: M. P. Walsh Age: 8 Weight: 11st 10lbs
Grade 1 novice chase winner last spring and just as good in defeat this term, chasing home Allaho in John Durkan before fifth in Savills here over Christmas.
Trainer: W. P. Mullins Jockey: P. Townend Age: 10 Weight: 11st 10lbs
Top-class chaser, including win in this last season. Good ¾-length third of 8 to Galvin in Savills here over Christmas. Likely to make a bold bid to defend his crown.
Trainer: Henry de Bromhead Jockey: Robbie Power Age: 9 Weight: 11st 10lbs
Saw off A Plus Tard to win Cheltenham Gold Cup last March. Shaped well when 5 lengths third to Frodon on Down Royal return. Subsequent King George flop in cheekpieces (discarded) too bad to be true.
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Timeform: KEMBOY gets the nod to build on his good run in the Savills here over Christmas and land this for the second year running. The vote for the forecast spot goes to Minello Indo, who can’t have been right in the King George at Kempton (cheekpieces and going right-handed both possible excuses) and is worth one more chance to show he’s still capable of form approaching last season’s Gold Cup win.
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