Run this time on Sunday December 11th, the John Durkan Chase 2022 will take place at Punchestown over 2½ miles. There are fourteen fences to jump for these Grade 1 types and with over €50,000 going to the winner, the race once again will prove to be an important event not just in the Irish jumps calendar but also in regards to Cheltenham Festival 2022 prep.
Don Cossack, the 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, as well as 2005 scorer Kicking King each managed to win this race en route to Blue Riband victory around Prestbury Park.
Ahead of the 2021 John Durkan Chase, it is well worth knowing certain statistics and prevailing trends about this event. There are no guarantees that these will provide you with the winner, but you are more likely to make an informed decision by being aware of them before you start betting. Whatever decision you make, take a look at a wide range of Ladbrokes Cheltenham offers to get the best bang for your money. Here are the key stats for the John Durkan ahead of this year’s race:
Some top names have taken this event in the past, here are all of the winners since 2010 along with how they did at the following Cheltenham Festival.
Min made a successful defence of the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase from the front, giving trainer Willie Mullins a sixth win in the race. Sent off the odds-on 8/11 favourite under stable jockey Paul Townend, the Rich and Susannah Ricci owned gelding was very keen on his way to post and didn’t always have his mind on the job with his jumping a little sticky. Despite skying a couple of fences, Min showed a likeable attitude to rally on the far side when headed by 25/1 outsider Hardline approaching the last and retake the lead. He settled things on the run-in, pulling 2¼ lengths clear of Keith Donoghue’s mount in the second Gigginstown House Stud colours for Gordon Elliott.
Presenting Percy, the 2018 RSA Chase hero, was beaten a further length in third and the slight drift in the market out to 10/1 perhaps reflected that Pat Kelly’s horse needed a longer trip than this under Davy Russell. One of the 11/2 joint second favourites, Real Steel, was close up in fourth but the gamble of the race, Shattered Love, didn’t fire. A bad mistake at the third last cost Elliott and Gigginstown’s first string as the mare faded to be only seventh. Shattered Love finished behind a couple of 25/1 outsiders in Voix Du Reve and Noel Meade’s Snow Falcon. Duc Des Genievres, the 2019 Arkle winner, also ran below market expectation (11/1) back in eighth ahead of Anibale Fly.
Jamie Clark has been around horse racing and betting his entire life. His father and godfather ran a trackside bookmaker’s pitch at Market Rasen Racecourse in Lincolnshire for many years. Jamie was Sports Editor for Coral’s digital platforms between 2014 and 2017, and has since become a successful freelancer.