Punchestown Champion Chase Tips: Energumene to sign off with a bang

Energumnene And Shishkin Clarence House Ascot

A field of five will go to post for the Grade 1 Punchestown Champion Chase, set to take place on Day One of the Festival on Tuesday April 26th 2022. Chacun Pour Soi romped to success in this race in 2021 but he is not the favourite this time round as stablemate and reigning Champion Chaser Energumene is set to take his chance. Billy Grimshaw has chosen which of the big two he fancies...

Willie Mullins has won this race on six occasions, including the last three runnings in 2018, 2019 and 2021 (the Festival was cancelled due to COVID in 2020). The Closutton handler has finally shaken off his curse in Cheltenham Champion Chases after ENERGUMENE cruised to this year's Queen Mother crown, and predictably it is Mullins who holds the aces coming into this one. He is undoubtedly this season's top two mile dog after his agonising defeat by Shishkin at Ascot was avenged in style when Henderson's charge bombed out at Cheltenham and Energumene travelled all over the rest of the field before kicking away to a commanding success by eight and a half lengths. His consistent excellence this season marks him out as king of this division and he is undoubtedly the one to beat here, as the odds suggest.

After Shishkin was pulled up in the Champion Chase, only one horse was a serious contender to Energumene and that was CHACUN POUR SOI. Unfortunately for connections and his backers that day, no sooner had the enthralled crowd got over the shock of Shishkin's withdrawal, they had to witness another shocker as Chacun came down at five out. He looked to be putting in a much improved performance in comparison to his lacklustre display at Prestbury Park back in 2021, and it was a shame we didn't get to see if he could find enough off the bridle to disrupt his stablemate who went on to record such a dominant success.

Bet £10 On Any First Race & 6 x £5 FREE Bets

#Ad. New customers only (+18) • £10 deposit using promo code "RACE888" • Minimum stake £10 at odds of 1/2 (1.5) • Free bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days • Free bet stakes not included in returns • Deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time. General deposit method, withdrawal restrictions and full T&Cs apply.

If the odds compilers are to be believed, this race is all about the top two. The next runner in the market is ANDY DUFRESNE at 16/1 at the time of writing. Undoubtedly a talented runner and once though of as a future Grade 1 contender, he has never quite hit the heights expected of him, His last run was arguably a career best, when travelling strongly and trading short in-running in the 2022 Grand Annual before not being able to find the necessary finishing kick to get past long time leader Global Citizen. It would take either a huge step up or a bombing out of both of the top two for him to be involved come the final furlong, you'd think.

ENVOI ALLEN is next in the market and it is still a rather sad sight to see his fall from grace since being anointed the second coming of Christ throughout his novice hurdle and chase campaigns. When housed at Gordon Elliott's he looked to have the racing world at his feet but since the scandal regarding the trainer and Cheveley Park moving all of their horses to different yards, Envoi Allen hasn't looked anywhere near what he used to be for Henry De Bromhead. Of course, horses are quirky creatures and anytime he runs one cannot rule out a full bounce back from Envoi Allen, but in truth it is more likely he does not complete than troubles the market principles. Finally, the field is completed by CAPTAIN GUINNESS. The outsider of the field will probably find this contest too hot, as he has in most Grade One tasks he has been set so far, but if he is ridden patiently to pick up the pieces he could be one for the 'without Mullins' market.

It should be an exciting renewal of the Punchestown Champion Chase despite the small field and my money would be on ENERGUMENE to wrap up his fine season in style by defeating his older stablemate. Chacun Pour Soi is a formidable opponent on home soil and if he runs to his very best on the ratings has the better of his stablemate. However, I think Energumene could also have more to give and with his tactical versatility now demonstrated I expect to see him put the cherry on top to crown his season as both Cheltenham and Punchestown Champion Chaser. 

Punchestown Champion Chase
Energumene silk

Energumene

won
Today's Tips
Advert Disclaimer
Horseracing.net is a free online resource which endeavour to provide helpful and useful content and odds comparison to its visitors. Please be advised that Horseracing.net accepts affiliate commission from the companies appearing on the site, and agreed commission levels impact the location and order in which the companies (and/or their products) are presented on the website. Any ratings that appear on this site is determined by our subjective opinion of the brand but also based on market share and reputation, each brand's conversion rates, commission paid to us and general consumer interest. Company listings on this page don't imply our endorsement. We do not feature all providers on the market. Except as expressly set forth in our terms and conditions, all statements and warranties regarding the information presented on this page are disclaimed. The information, including odds, which appear on this site is subject to change at any time.

Deposit £10 Get £30 Free Bets (APP Only)

#AD New UK, IE & Malta users only. Min. £10/€10 first deposit only using Debit Card or Trustly. Free bets expire in 90 days. T&Cs apply.
Bet £10 Get £30 In Free Bets
#AD 18+. Play Safe. New customers using Promo code H30 only, Min £10/€10 stake,  min odds 1/2, free bets paid as 2 x £15/€15, free bets credited after  settlement of first qualifying bet, free bets will expire 30 days after  the qualifying bet is placed, payment method/player/country restrictions apply.
Welcome Offer
#AD Bet £10 & Get £50 in Free Bets for new customers at bet365. Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
Bet £20 & Get It Back As CASH If It Loses
#AD New customers only. Place your FIRST bet on any Horse Racing market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £20. Only deposits made using cards will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply.
Bet £10 Get £60 in Bonuses
#AD New UK customers only. Register using the promo code BETFRED60, deposit and place first bet of £10+ on Sports (cumulative Evens+) within 7 days of registration. First bet must be on Sports. £20 in Free Bets to be used on Sports, £10 in Free Bets to be used on Lotto and 50 Free Spins (20p per spin) credited within 48 hours of bet settlement. Further £20 in Free Bets credited 5 days after settlement. Bonuses have a 7-day expiry. Payment restrictions apply. SMS verification and/or Proof of I.D and address may be required. Full T&Cs apply.
Money Back As Cash Up To £20
#AD Max £20 refund on first bet. Bet must be placed in first 7 days of account opening. Only deposits made via Debit Card will be eligible for the promotion. T&Cs apply. 18+ begambleaware.org
Bet £10 Get £20 In Free Bets
#AD Min stake £10. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). First bet only. Free bets expire in 7 days. Cashed out bets won’t apply. Payment method restrictions. Online UK customers only. 30 days to qualify for £20 in Free Bets. 18+. T&Cs apply
Bet £10 Get £30 Free Bets + £10 Casino Bonus
#AD Minimum deposit of £10 using deposit code 30F - A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £10 placed on any sports market - Minimum odds of 1/2 (1.5) - Free bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days - Free bet stakes not included in returns - Casino Bonus must be claimed within 7 days • To withdraw bonus/related wins, wager bonus amount x40 within 14 days • Wagering req. vary by game • Withdrawal restrictions and Full T&C’s apply. 18+ begambleaware.org
Get £36 In Free Bets
#AD Offer includes a free £1 Race Index spread bet to try out our exciting 50-25-10 race markets. Bet with live streaming on all racing and greyhounds! Place a qualifying £25 fixed odds bet at odds of 1/2 or greater. Qualifying bet cannot be placed in-play or cashed out early. A first free £5 fixed odds bet will be credited upon settlement of the qualifying bet. 4 x following £5 free fixed odds bets will be added to your account on consecutive days. BeGambleAware.org. 18+. T&Cs apply
£25 Free Bet + 10 Free Spins
If your account has Sportsbook losses at the end of your first day's betting, QuinnBet will refund 50% of your losses as a Free Bet up to £25 (min 3 bets) Plus 10 Free Spins on Asgard Warriors. Even if your account is up, you're guaranteed a £5 Free Bet Plus 10 Free Spins provided you place at least 1 bet of £10 or greater at the minimum odds. T&Cs apply | 18+ New UK Customers Only | BeGambleAware.org
Latest racing results
Yarmouth
14:35
1stVictory Star
2ndMitigator
4thGlobal Art
Warwick
14:20
1stDebece
2ndGive Me A Copper
Ayr
14:10
1stSlainte Mhath
2ndSomewhere Secret
3rdLondon Palladium
View All Today's Results