Racing Post Champion Bumper Guide

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1. ABACADABRAS

Trainer - Gordon Elliott

Jockey - Ms L O'Neill

Winner on debut at Galway in October, before being upped to a Grade Two at the Leopardstown Dublin Racing Festival where he ran out through the rails.

Was disputing second, so had every chance of hunting down the leader who was Envoi Allen, who went onto win the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham.

Abacadabras finished a good fourth to him again that day where he was also behind another standout individual of his category in Blue Sari, so this five-year-old arrives with a decent form angle and has a part to play.

2. BEACON EDGE

T - Noel Meade

J - Mr M J O'Hare

Another Gigginstown runner - this time trained by Noel Meade, Beacon Edge looks set to continue the line of horses produced by Doyen, who also sired Battleoverdoyen who sadly flopped in the Ballymore.

Beacon Edge has had two starts, winning on debut for former trainer Nicky Richards at Ayr in October before switching to Ireland.

He was not beaten all that far by Envoi Allen at Leopardstown back in February, and appears to be getting to grips with his task.

3. DECEMBER SECOND

T - Philip Kirby

J - Mr R P Quinlan

One run for Philip Kirby who has had an excellent year in the National Hunt frame, and saddled the unbeaten December Second in his own colours.

A winner on his one and only start at Ayr a couple of weeks ago at 16/1, it was comfortable for Thomas Dowson who merely had to guide him to the front and the horse responded and did the rest.

Cheap purchase but a lot to like. Big call to now send him for a Grade One which could find him out, it could not.

4. EMBITTERED

T - Joseph O'Brien

J - Mr T Hamilton

Former Irish pointer made his debut for Joseph O'Brien when hacking up at this venue back in December under this jockey.

His only appearance since has been at Leopardstown when he finished third behind Envoi Allen in that reoccurring graded bumper in February.

Half brother to Precious Cargo who has made some nice progress for Nicky Henderson over hurdles this season, and clearly class runs in the family.

5. FIRE AWAY

T - G T Hourigan

J - Mr D G Lavery

Six-year-old son of Getaway fell on his first ever attempt in a horse race, which was a point in Ireland around twelve months ago.

Trainer brought him into National Hunt sphere and has raced him under rules in three bumpers to date. Sixth, second and a win last time at Wexford suggests rapid improvement but have all been in weak races.

His game will need to be upped to figure in this.

6. GOLDEN SPREAD

T - Willie Mullins

J - Mr B O'Neill

The Supreme Horse Racing Club have Kemboy to look forward to in the Punchestown Gold Cup who is now very much the finished article, whereas they have Golden Spread in this contest who could be exciting for the future.

This six-year-old made it third time lucky when striking at Thurles in March, but proved it was no fluke at Fairyhouse last week when getting the better of stablemate Mt Leinster who is still very highly regarded by his trainer.

Related to Galileo, and any of his can turn out special.

Time to make a name for himself.

7. HOUSE ISLAND

T - Paul Webber

J - Mr Derek O'Connor

Paul Webber brings House Island over to Punchestown, who landed a bit of a turn-up at Newbury last time in Listed company, when taking a useful looking bumper at odds of 40/1.

Showed a nice attitude to stick his neck out towards the shadows of the post that day, avenging his two close seconds at Fontwell and at Kempton.

Steep climb to a Grade One, but worth a go to check on his progress.

8. MT LEINSTER

T - Willie Mullins

J - Mr P W Mullins

Willie Mullins's yard is overlooked by Mt Leinster, and he was saving the name for what we thought was a real star.

This five-year-old made a bloodless display at Ballinrobe on debut, but then failed to get past Cheveley Park duo Malone Road and Envoi Allen on two of his next three starts.

Seems a hard horse to follow as he is not overly simple to ride, and will seek revenge on his stablemate Golden Spread from the race ten days ago or so.

Need to see his best now, and has had several opportunities to do so.

9. COLREEVY

T - Willie Mullins

J - Mr J J Codd

Jamie Codd rides the first of two mares in the field - Colreevy, who was a course and distance winner almost exactly a year ago to the day.

She has only be seen once since, and that was at Fairyhouse just a couple of weeks ago when finishing third to Peter Fahey's Gypsy Island.

A nice return run, and ready to kick on from here.

10. SANTA ROSSA

T - Dermot A McLoughlin

J - Mr Finian Maguire

25/1 winner on debut at Fairyhouse in December, before following that up with a win in a Grade Two at Leopardstown a couple of months ago.

Progressed halted since in terms of winning, but still a great effort to finish third in a valuable bumper first time against the boys at Aintree at the Grand National meeting not so long ago.

Still in there pitching good claims, and no surprise if she went close.

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