Min Heads 11 Entries For Grade One John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase


Willie Mullins is responsible for five of the 11 entries for the Grade One John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase on Sunday and his stand out option looks to be Cheltenham festival winner Min, who is looking for his third straight victory in the race.

The nine year old has gone on to take the Punchestown feature on his seasonal bow for the last two seasons and although set to face a tougher field can not be overlooked having been superb in past renewals.

The Ryanair Chase winner at the March Cheltenham festival is the leading contender of five that his handler could field on the day with the likes of Chacun Pour Soi, Tornado Flyer, Allaho and Marsh Novices Chase third Melon.

Having finished third in the RSA Chase last year Allaho could be dropped in trip this season to 2m4f which would see him targeted for the Ryanair Chase alongside stablemate Min and Mullins also has a decision to make as for what trip Melon will run over aswell.

These stars could be joined by a four pronged team from Gigginstown House Stud With Samcro leading the way for Gordon Elliot and he should be in tip top form after his seasonal debut third at Down Royal.

He will be looking to reverse the form with stablemate Battleoverdoyen, who landed the Grade Two in Northern Ireland and they should both be joined by Mortal for Joseph O'Brien and Tout Est Permis For Noel Meade.

A surprise package on the day could be the Joseph O'Brien trained Le Richebourg who has not been seen since February 2019 and he could finish the field with the Henry De Bromhead trained Chris's Dream, who was second last time out in the Grade One Ladbrokes Champion Chase at Down Royal.