Chacun Pour Soi back to devastating best at Punchestown to leave Allaho in his wake as Willie Mullins dominates Day 1

LIKE a pair of top-class heavyweights, Allaho and Chacun Pour Soi went at it from the off.

But it was Chacun Pour Soi and Paul Townend who always held the knockout blow in the William Hill Champion Chase.


The Willie Mullins pair exchanged jabs as the flag dropped taking it in turns to lead the field of six.

However it was always those in the Chacun Pour Soi corner who sat more comfortably.

Allaho and Rachael Blackmore looked to be throwing in the towel turning in, but to their credit ran on for second.

Chacun Pour Soi broke their hearts and cruised to a monstrous five-and-a-half length victory with a silky smooth round of jumping.

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British raiders Nube Negra and First Flow tried to make a fist of it but we were held in third and sixth.

It was a sixth win the race for Mullins, who smiled: "I think they were just on song today, both Paul and Chacun Pour Soi.

"They gave an exhibition of jumping and racing. He just had horses out of their comfort zone from very early on.

"Cheltenham was disappointing – I felt it wasn't the Chacun Pour Soi that we know.

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"I don't know why he did what he did at Cheltenham, and maybe we just weren't positive enough on him. Anyhow, he was disappointing, but it's good to see that he's back to himself."

Townend who returned from injury with a bang was blown away by Chacun Pour Soi, who was cut back into 6-1 for next season's Champion Chase at Cheltenham.

He said: "Jeez, he was electric today. His jumping kept me in my comfort zone at all stages.

"Every fence he was galloping away at the back of it and it allowed me to fill him up as we went along.

"There were no hiding places today. He jumped for fun and that was the proper performance we were always hoping for.

"He was a complete joy to ride today and a serious thrill."

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