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It’s Gold Cup day at Punchestown Festival 2022 and we’ve got everything you need to know about the race card.
The Punchestown Gold Cup is shaping up to be one of the races of the season with a quality field of nine riders declared for the 5:55 p.m. Wednesday. Paul Nicholls’ Clan Des Obeaux are back for another raid after claiming victory last year and are trying to become the second horse in history to land back-to-back renewals (the first being the former star of the Neptune Collonges stable).
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However, he cut the job, as Allaho is thrown into the mix with Willie Mullins stepping up Ryanair Chase’s two-time trip winner, 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Minella Indo still looking for a first victory from the campaign, while Galvin will try to cap off a progressive campaign with another grand prize. If that wasn’t enough, this season’s King George winner and a Grade 1 hat-trick seeker are also expected to go to the post. It’s going to be a cracker!
A fascinating Irish Mirror Novice Hurdle precedes the main event at 5:20 p.m. as the winner of Albert Bartlett, The Nice Guy aims for a fifth hit on the spin but faces competition from Minella Cocooner, Minella Crooner and Journey With Me.
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The other Grade 1 on the card sees emphatic Champion Bumper Easy scorer Vega take on American Mike in the INH Flat Race Champion at 6:30 p.m..
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You can head to the Racecards tab at the top of the page now to start learning about Wednesday’s renewals, otherwise you’ll find race times and tips for day two of the Punchestown Festival 2022 below.
An ultra-competitive opener who can go the LIFE IN THE PARK path. Henry of Bromhead’s charge sent his rivals galloping into submission at Tramore earlier this month, and provided it doesn’t come too early in his development, an opening rating of 119 can under him. -to estimate. England raider Thanksforthehelp has plenty of room for improvement towards handicaps, so he’s supposed to be in the mix, with Francois and Midnight It Is also expected to do well.
FREEDOM TO DREAM caught the eye when he was fourth in the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham last month and assuming it’s a good test on the trip he looks the way forward. Glengouly has a bigger push in him for his top court and is feared, while IA Connect is better than he was able to show last time.
FILS D’OUDAIRIES has moved up a notch in the handicaps returning to hurdles in 2022 and his second Aintree 3 weeks ago is about the most convincing form. Ganapathi could improve on this better ground, with his equally interesting stablemate GIbraltar.
MINELLA COCOONER trained very well when she finished second to stable mate The Nice Guy to the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival, arguably making her efforts earlier than ideal which gives a lot of hope that he can invert the form. Minella Crooner and Journey With Me are others to see positively in a good renewal of this Grade 1.
A cracking revival. ALLAHO’s freewheel style is seen as very effective over 2.5m, but it’s worth remembering that he has some top form under his belt around 3m and with a dry forecast he will surely take of hindsight. Last year’s winners Clan des Obeaux prepared their defense with victory at Aintree and can take the forecast spot ahead of Minella Indo.
EASY VEGA comfortably saw off American Mike at Cheltenham and there’s no obvious reason to think those rankings will be reversed, when it would take a much improved performance from either of the others to even remotely threaten this pair. .
Many come with solid claims and it may be beneficial to side with Gordon Elliott’s FANCY FOUNDATIONS. After a break he has formed better than the distance covered would suggest when he was fourth in a Limerick Grade 3 in March and the drop in travel/passing to handicaps are both positives. Ciel de Neige builds an excellent record over bigger obstacles and is a great danger, with the return of the Master of Cavalry.
THE MODEL KINGDOM have been pretty impressive when they doubled their tally at Navan previously in November and form looks solid so getting the nod to maintain their unbeaten record for all 5 months away is a slight concern. Dorans Weir and Pink In The Park, who fought for the finish at Fairyhouse last time out, are also making a lot of appeal.