The Boylesports Champions Chase (Tuesday 30 April, 5.30 p.m.) is a Grade 1 Chase run over two miles at the Punchestown Festival. It was first run in 1980 and has been won by some of the best two-mile chasers around, a list that includes Viking Flagship, Klairon Davis, Flagship Uberalles, Moscow Flyer, Newmill, Big Zeb, Sizing Europe, and Sprinter Sacre.
Check out trends, runner-by-runner guide, and free tip for the 2019 Boylesports Champion Chase.
Boylesports Champion Chase 10-Year-Trends
Age has proven to be no barrier to success in the Boylesports Champion Chase, with the last 10 winners aged between six and 12.
All the last 10 winners had run between 18 and 48 days previously. Seven of those winners had also won last time out, including the last four winners.
Irish-trained horses have won six of the last 10 renewals, with English-trained horses winning four. Willie Mullins has trained three of the six Irish winners. However, whilst Ruby Walsh rode the 2009 winner Master Minded for Paul Nicholls, he hasn’t ridden any of the Mullins-trained trio.
Boylesports Champion Chase 2019 Runner-By-Runner Guide
Has 18lb to find with the top-rated horse and his limitations looked exposed when he was only sixth in the Champion Chase. He’s also been well-beaten at the last two Punchestown Festivals including in the Ryanair Novices’ Chase last year. Needs to improve and connections are pinning their hopes on a first-time tongue-tie.
Highly-regarded sort who is officially rated 163. However, after winning his only start last season he has so far fallen in both starts this season, whilst he also has to overcome a break of 124 days. However, that break may not be a hinderance to his chances as he’s won four-times after longer breaks and he could be fresher than most of his rivals. He also won impressively at the 2017 Punchestown Festival.
Giant of a horse that has 17lb to find with the best of these on official ratings and it’s hard to see him winning this after finishing fourth at both the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals in a similar grade. However, his trainer Harry Fry has a decent record at the meeting.
Top-class chaser who would be a dual Cheltenham Festival winner but for bumping into Altior. Won his first two races this season before running a stinker in the Champion Chase at Cheltenham. However, he was punted off the boards before hacking up at Aintree over 2½ miles. He’s also three wins from four runs at Punchestown, but there has to be a concern as his one defeat here came after running at last year’s Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals.
The lowest-rated of this year’s sextet and he’s placed just twice form six runs at Punchestown. Those defeats included when well-beaten in last year’s renewal of this race and when behind Great Field in 2017.
Un Des Sceaux
Officially rated 5lb below Min but he has an excellent record at the Punchestown Festival. He won a bumper here in 2013, a grade one hurdle in 2015, and was second in this race in 2017 before beating stablemates Douvan and Min in last year’s renewal. There’s a slight concern that he’d prefer softer ground but two-miles around here appears to suit him.
Boylesports 2019 Verdict
Castlegrace Paddy, Hell’s Kitchen, and Ordinary World all look up against it off level-weights, so it will something of a shock if one of the Willie Mullins-trained trio doesn’t win.
The one problem with that is they have all proven best when front-running and this could prove a real battle. That makes Great Field look a dodgy proposition after falling through over exuberance the last twice, so this finish may be fought out between Min and Un Des Sceaux.
Min will take some stopping if in the same form as he was at Aintree but, as he flopped here last year, the value-bet looks to be Un Des Sceaux.