2023 John Durkan Chase Betting Odds at Punchestown racecourse

Sunday, 26 November 2023

We’re looking forward to the 2023 John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase on Sunday 26 November, with Galopin Des Champs looking like the one to beat in this two mile, four furlong encounter. The seven-year-old was beaten in his final appearance last season, although it’s hard to see which runner can topple the Willie Mullins-trained runner.

Fastorslow could go well for trainer Martin Brassil, with many customers looking to plump for this runner from an each-way perspective, while Blue Lord and Fakir D’oudairies can also fare well over this course and distance. Mullins has a number of entries in the race and that includes Appreciate It, Allaho and Asterion Forlonge.

2023 Punchestown Chase Tips

We’re not expecting the favourite to be beaten when Galopin Des Champs lines up in the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase, with the seven-year-old having been the impressive winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup last season. It was an impressive seven-length victory in the Festival’s blue riband race, having previously landed wins at Punchestown Racecourse and Leopardstown.

However, the odds-on favourite was beaten in the Ladbrokes Punchestown Gold Cup the following month, with Fastorslow claiming a victory by two and a half lengths and the latter is entered in this encounter. Some punters might be keen to get behind this horse based on that former achievement, with the horse having also run well at the Cheltenham Festival.

Martin Brassil saw his charge finish second to Corach Rambler in the Ultima Handicap Chase where Fastorslow was beaten by a neck, with Blue Lord also running for trainer Willie Mullins and the horse produced a solid performance last time out when finishing third in a competitive five-runner race at Punchestown which was won by Energumene.

Fakir D’oudairies was last seen running well at Aintree when second behind Pic D’Orhy in the Marsh Chase, with this coming after finishing third in the Betfair Ascot Chase. Appreciate It also has a strong track record and the nine-year-old could end up being a popular wager, with the horse finishing second in a Novice Chase at Punchestown.