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Punchestown Report: Clan Des Obeaux’s Irish invasion proves a masterstroke

Clan Des Obeaux saw off the home challengers with a Punchestown Gold Cup victory for Paul Nicholls

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Horse trainer Paul Nicholls at Hereford Racecourse Supreme

Recent champion trainer Paul Nicholls celebrated a Punchestown Festival victory as duel King George victor Clan Des Obeaux secured a fourth Grade 1 victory in County Kildare on Wednesday.

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Clan Des Obeaux secured a second Grade 1 in April when winning the Punchestown Gold Cup on Wednesday

The Betway Bowl winner was supplemented for a tilt across the Irish Sea following his Merseyside demolition earlier this month, now partnered by Sam Twiston-Davies following an injury suffered by usual Ditcheat pilot Harry Cobden.

While perhaps not as big a surprise as Colreevy’s opening-day success when the mare defeated novice stars Envoi Allen and Monkfish, the son of Kapgarde still had two-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo and recent Melling Chase successor Fakir D’oudairies standing in his way.

WATCH: CLAN DES OBEAUX WINS A THIRD PUNCHESTOWN GOLD CUP FOR PAUL NICHOLLS [CREDIT: RACING TV]

Willie Mullins did, however, claim a Grade 1 on the card as Martin Pipe hero Gallopin Des Champs took the step up in both class and trip in his stride.

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The Timos five-year-old put in a strong claim to be a force to be reckoned with next season under Paul Townend, and was the first of a hat-trick of winners for the yard on the second day of the Festival.

WATCH: GALLOPIN DES CHAMPS WINS THE IRISH MIRROR NOVICE HURDLE AT PUNCHESTOWN [CREDIT: RACING TV]

Kilcruit overturned the Champion Bumper form with Sir Gerhard, while Grangee took the Mares Bumper under Patrick Mullins.

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Kilcruit returned to winning ways at the Punchestown Festival

Mouse Morris claimed a win with Foxy Jacks, while Jessica Harrington’s Guiri and Peter Fahey’s Surprise Package claimed the two openers, respectively.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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