Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup
|Grade 1, Leopardstown 15:40
3m, Class 1
|Sunday 7th February 2021|
1 Kemboy 11/4
2 The Storyteller 20/1
3 Delta Work 5/1
5 ran Distances: 2l, 4½l, nk
Time: 6m 34.90s (slow by 45.90s)
An eighth winner at the Dublin Racing Festival for WIllie Mullins as Kemboy made all to win.
The 11/4 chance was given a bold, front-running ride by Danny Mullins and ultimately his jumping proved the difference, with market leader Minella Indo making too many mistakes having tried to go with the winner from halfway.
He ended up a disappointing fourth under Rachael Blackmore, with 20/1 outsider eventually finishing a two-length second, ahead of last year's winner Delta Work in third.
Mullins said of Kemboy: "That was fantastic for Danny and great for connections. He really, really surprised me on that ground although the chase track is a lot better than the hurdles track.
"He made a mistake at the second-last first time round but his jumping got him out of trouble and I'm very pleased to win another Paddy Power Gold Cup. He's entered in the Gold Cup and the Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham and I'm just not sure fences around there are his thing. We were all wondering should we try something different in Cheltenham, so we'll see.
"The different tactics didn't work on Melon and he keeps his best for Cheltenham. We'll have a think with the owners and see what they'd like to do. Maybe letting him enjoy himself in something like the Ryanair."
Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup (Grade 1)
3m, Race Value: €200,000
Going: Soft, Yielding in places
1 Kemboy 9 11-12 W P Mullins Danny Mullins 11/4
2 2 The Storyteller 10 11-12 Gordon Elliott Keith Donoghue 20/1
3 4½ Delta Work 8 11-12 Gordon Elliott Jack Kennedy 5/1
4 nk Minella Indo 8 11-12 Henry De Bromhead Rachael Blackmore 13/8F
5 2 Melon 9 11-12 W P Mullins Paul Townend 7/2