Grade One Irish Gold Cup Leopardstown Guide 2024

Joe Glayshier | @joeglayshier

Leopardstown - February 03 2024
Leopardstown 15:35
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Jack Kennedy

Conflated

J: Jack Kennedy
T: Gordon Elliott
N/A
Age: 10
Weight: 11-10
OR: 164
Days: 37

Gordon Elliott sends one runner to the Grade One Irish Gold Cup at the Dublin Racing Festival on Saturday in the form of Conflated. The ten-year-old has been a smart chaser for Elliott, but his last win came back in 2022, when he claimed success in the G1 Savills Chase here by five lengths to Kemboy in second.

Since that victory, he has been unable to replicate that form and hasn't finished in two of his last four races. That includes unseating Sam Ewing in the renewal of the Savills Chase in December last year, where fellow runner Galopin Des Champs powered home to beat Gerri Colombe by 23 lengths.

He's not completely ruled out here as on his day he has the ability, but he looks an unlikely winner of this contest. Jack Kennedy is booked to ride.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/02/24LEO24.5Sft11-10UR
28/12/23LEO24.5Sft11-10UR
11/11/23DRO24Sft11-103
11/10/23PUN23.5Y/Sft11-125
13/04/23AIN25GS11-10PU
Leopardstown - February 03 2024
Leopardstown 15:35
2
J J Slevin

Fastorslow

J: J J Slevin
T: Martin Brassil
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-10
OR: 168
Days: 69

Martin Brassil has one in the Irish Gold Cup in the form of the likeable gelding Fastorslow. The eight-year-old arrives at this contest on the back of three top runs, finishing second in the Ultima at the Cheltenham Festival before a shock victory in the Punchestown Gold Cup last April.

He was priced at 20/1 that day and managed to beat the well-backed favourite Galopin Des Champs by just over two lengths before winning the Grade One John Durkan at Punchestown in November, again beating GDC and Appreciate It to victory.

He looks well set to give it another go here and he has to come into consideration. James Slevin partners again.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/02/24LEO24.5Sft11-102
26/11/23PUN19.5Sft11-121
26/04/23PUN24Y11-101
14/03/23CHL25Sft11-92
05/02/23LEO17Y11-125
Leopardstown - February 03 2024
Leopardstown 15:35
3
Paul Townend

Galopin Des Champs

J: Paul Townend
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-10
OR: 180
Days: 37

Willie Mullins boasts two runners in this year's Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown in the form of I Am Maximus and Galopin Des Champs. The latter arrives here as the market favourite, priced at 2/5 following a return to winning ways in the Grade One Savills Chase here in December, beating Gerri Colombe by a whopping 23 lengths.

That had followed two defeats to Fastorslow in contests at Punchestown, with the second of those coming at a shorter distance that perhaps doesn't suit him quite as well. He won the Cheltenham Gold Cup fairly comfortably back in March last year and is regarded as one of the leading staying chasers by many.

If he continues the way he ran in the Savills in December, it would be very hard to see him being beaten here in the hands of Paul Townend.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/02/24LEO24.5Sft11-101
28/12/23LEO24.5Sft11-101
26/11/23PUN19.5Sft11-123
26/04/23PUN24Y11-102
17/03/23CHL26.5Sft11-101
Leopardstown - February 03 2024
Leopardstown 15:35
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Jody McGarvey

I Am Maximus

J: Jody McGarvey
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-10
OR: 158
Days: 37

The second of Willie Mullins' runners in the Irish Gold Cup at the DRF is I Am Maximus. The eight-year-old has proved to be very smart over fences in his career, finishing fourth in the G1 Brown Advisory at the Cheltenham Festival in March before winning the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse in April, a length to Gevrey in second.

He followed that with a win in the G1 Drinmore Novice Chase at the same venue before finishing a decent fourth in the G1 Savills Chase here last time out, although he was a fair way away from winner and stablemate Galopin Des Champs.

He could go better here and despite not being ruled out, he is one of the more unlikelier winners of this.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/02/24LEO24.5Sft11-103
28/12/23LEO24.5Sft11-104
03/12/23FAI20Sft11-121
10/04/23FAI29Sft11-11
15/03/23CHL24.5Sft11-74