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2 February 2020

 

Irish Cup

Delta Work, Kemboy and Presenting Percy are among nine runners declared for the Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown today. Gordon Elliott's Delta Work won the Savills Chase over the course and distance last month after making a last-minute lunge for the line. The Willie Mullins-trained Kemboy was fourth on what was his seasonal reappearance, with Pat Kelly's Presenting Percy just behind him in fifth. Most bookies have Kemboy as the marginal favourite and, if he claims the prize, it will be the County Carlow trainer's 11th Irish Gold Cup success. Chris's Dream may be in with a chance for Henry de Bromhead, stepping up in class after winning the Troytown Chase at Navan in November.

 

A Taste of Honey

The Henry de Bromhead-trained Honeysuckle had to work harder than ever to maintain her unbeaten record in the PCI Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown. The Sulamani mare had already notched up with six wins from six over hurdles, most recently moving up to open company and winning the two-and-a-half-mile Hatton's Grace Hurdle. The six-year-old dropp back to two miles and was sent off the 8/11 favourite. Everything was going according to plan with Rachael Blackmore tracking stable companion, Petit Mouchoir, with no visible threats from the other seven runners as they came into the straight. Honeysuckle then jumped the last hurdle very awkwardly and, thereby, passed the initiative back to Petit Mouchoir before the 20/1 outsider, Darver Star, came flying from the rear. Honeysuckle held on bravely, though, and got back up to win by half a length from Darver Star with Petit Mouchoir the same distance away in third.

 

Everyone for Himself!

Chacun Pour Soi got back into winning ways in the Ladbrokes Dublin Chase at Leopardstown. Willie Mullins' lightly-raced eight-year-old looked a potential superstar when beating Defi Du Seuil at Punchestown last Spring. He did not race again, however, until December, when, surprisingly, he got beaten by Henry de Bromhead's A Plus Tard and a rematch was on the cards. A Plus Tard was withdrawn from the race at the last minute, as Henry De Bromhead felt the ground was too quick. Ironically the main danger for Chacun Pour Soi was his stable companion, Min, winner of this contest for the past two seasons. There was, however, no serious threat as the Paul Townend-ridden Chacun Pour Soi soared past him at the second last fence, going on to win by three-and-three-quarter-lengths.