William Hill Champion Chase
Grade 1, Punchestown 17:25
€275,000 guaranteed,
5yo plus,
2m, Class 1   
Tuesday 26th April 2022

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1 Energumene 4/7F
2 Chacun Pour Soi 5/2
3 Envoi Allen 11/1
5 ran Distances: 8½l, 6l, 11l
Time: 4m 8.20s (slow by 10.20s)

Having provided Willie Mullins with his first success in the two-mile chasing championship in the Cotswolds last month, Energumene was the favourite to follow up under Paul Townend.

Chacun Pour Soi, so impressive when beating another Mullins ace in Allaho in this race 12 months ago, unseated Patrick Mullins at Cheltenham, but was the clear threat to his stable companion.

On paper it looked match between the Closutton duo and so it proved as they upped the ante racing down the back straight to pull clear of Henry de Bromhead’s pair of Envoi Allen and Captain Guinness.

There was little to choose between Energumene and Chacun Pour Soi heading to the third fence from home, but Energumene jumped it the better and it was obvious on landing he had more in the tank.

To his credit, Chacun Pour Soi did his level best to get back into it and was back upsides jumping the second-last, but Energumene asserted soon after and had eight and a half lengths in hand at the line.

Mullins said: “Patrick was setting it up in front and Energumene loved it, he was just jumping up beside Chacun Pour Soi. On this ground that was a tremendous performance.

“The ground would have suited most of the other horses in the race. I wasn’t sure whether it would suit Energumene, but he went on it today anyhow.

“Chacun Pour Soi has had a great career and hopefully he’ll win more races, but I think we’ve seen the new champion here today. We’ll plan next year with both horses and probably go down different paths.

“I thought Chacun had his chance landing over the second last and I thought ‘the race is on here’, but Energumene just found so much in the tank.

“On this ground, to me, that was as good, if not better, than he ever did before.”

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Energumene’s only defeat over obstacles came at the hands of Shishkin in a barnstorming clash at Ascot in January. Shishkin subsequently failed to fire for the much anticipated rematch at Cheltenham.

“He just seems to be improving with racing and he’s learning all the time,” Mullins added.

“We learned an awful lot from Ascot, we learned more about how to ride him and have more confidence in him. That’s the way Paul has been doing it now and it’s worked twice since.

“He’s by the same sire as Un De Sceaux and looked like he might be a similar sort, but he has a lot more speed than we gave him credit for.

“The fact that he was able to come off a pace like that shows the speed, he was still able to gallop away from them and show speed going down to the last fence.

“It tells me that he’s improving all the time.”

William Hill Champion Chase
€275,000 guaranteed, 5yo plus, 2m, Class 1
5 ran
Going: Good to Yielding, Yielding in places

1     Energumene 8 11-12 W P Mullins Paul Townend 4/7F
Chacun Pour Soi 10 11-12 W P Mullins Mr P W Mullins 5/2
6 Envoi Allen 8 11-12 Henry De Bromhead Rachael Blackmore 11/1
11 Captain Guinness 7 11-12 Henry De Bromhead Davy Russell 28/1
FELL Andy Dufresne 8 11-12 Gordon Elliott Mark Walsh 16/1

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Past Results:

Year Horse Age/Wt/Owner Trainer Jockey
2021 Chacun Pour Soi 6/5F 9-12-00
E O'Connell
Willie Mullins Paul Townend
2020 Abandoned
2019 Un De Sceaux 11/4 11-11-12
E O'Connell
Willie Mullins Paul Townend
2018 Un De Sceaux 9/2 10-11-12
E O'Connell
Willie Mullins Mr P W Mullins
2017 Fox Norton 5/2 7-11-12
Ann & Alan Potts Limited
C L Tizzard R M Power
2016 God's Own 9/1 8-11-12
Crossed Fingers P’ship
T R George P J Brennan
2015 Felix Yonger 5/1 9-11-12
Andrea & Graham Wylie
Willie Mullins Danny Mullins
2014 Sizing Europe 7/1 12-11-12
Ann & Alan Potts P’ship
Henry de Bromhead Andrew Lynch
2013 Sprinter Sacre
1/9 Fav
Mrs Caroline Mould
Nicky Henderson GB Barry Geraghty
2012 Sizing Europe
8/13 Fav
Ann & Alan Potts P’ship
Henry de Bromhead Andrew Lynch
2011 Big Zeb
Pat Redmond
Colm Murphy Barry Geraghty
2010 Golden Silver
Violet O’Leary
Willie Mullins Paul Townend
2009 Master Minded 30/100 Fav 6-11-12
Clive Smith
Paul Nicholls GB Ruby Walsh
2008 Twist Magic
6/4 Fav
Barry Fulton, Tony Hayward, Michael Lynch
Paul Nicholls GB Ruby Walsh
2007 Mansony 13/2 8-11-12
Michael Mulholland
Arthur Moore Davy Russell
2006 Newmill 5/4 Fav 8-11-12
Mary Hayes
John Murphy Andrew McNamara
2005 Rathgar Beau 8/1 9-11-12
One-O-Eight Racing Club
Eamon Sheehy Shay Barry
2004 Moscow Flyer 4/11 Fav 10-11-12
Brian Kearney
Jessica Harrington Barry Geraghty
2003 Flagship Uberalles 8/1 9-12-00
J P McManus
Philip Hobbs GB Richard Johnson
2002 Strong Run 4/1 9-12-00
Michael McGrath
Noel Meade Paul Carberry
*2001 Micko’s Dream 5/1 9-12-00
Sport Racing Club
Willie Mullins Ruby Walsh
2000 Get Real 3/1 9-11-06
Pioneer Heat-Treatment
Nicky Henderson GB Mick Fitzgerald
1999 Celibate 7/1 8-11-09
Stamford Bridge P’ship
Charlie Mann GB Richard Dunwoody
1998 Big Matt 16/1 10-10-11
Ted Benfield & Bill Brown
Nicky Henderson GB Mick Fitzgerald
1997 Klairon Davis 11/10 Fav 8-12-00
Chris Jones
Arthur Moore Francis Woods
1996 Klairon Davis 5/2 7-12-00
Chris Jones
Arthur Moore Francis Woods
1995 Strong Platinum 3/1 Fav 7-11-01
Theresa McCoubrey
Paddy Burke Conor O’Dwyer
1994 Saraemma 16/1 8-10-12
Dermot Cox
Homer Scott Kevin O’Brien
1993 Viking Flagship 5/4 Fav 6-10-07
Roach Foods Ltd
David Nicholson GB Richard Dunwoody
1992 The Musical Priest 8/1 10-10-07
Mrs Seamus Purcell
Michael Purcell Jason Titley
1991 Good For A Laugh 8/1 7-9-11
Dr Michael Smurfit
Arthur Moore Charlie Swan
1990 Rust Never Sleeps 14/1 6-10-06
D M Murphy
Austin Leahy Gerry O’Neill
1989 Super Furrow 12/1 9-12-00
Mrs M Marshall
Jerry O’Neill Padge Gill
1988 Flying Ferret 8/1 7-9-07
Mrs V O’Leary
Tony Redmond Brendan Powell
1987 Eddie Wee 11/2 Jt Fav 11-10-12
Mrs Y Rock
Billy Rock Conor O’Dwyer
1986 Another Brownie 6/1 7-9-07
S Lucey
M McGrath J P Byrne
1985 Buck House 11/10 Fav 7-11-07
Mrs S Purcell
Mouse Morris Tommy Carmody
1984 Travelowen 6/4 Fav 7-12-00
Mrs M Kelly
Tom Costello Mr Tom Costello
1983 Turloughmore Lad 7/1 8-9-07
M McDonagh
Paddy Norris Paul Leech
1982 Light The Wad 3/1 9-11-03
Exors of Patrick Downey
Dessie Hughes Tom Morgan
1981 Light The Wad 6/1 8-10-10
Patrick Downey
Dessie Hughes Frank Leavy
1980 Paddy Bouler 7/4 Fav 7-11-04
P Rooney
Pat Rooney S Lynch

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