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Clan Des Obeaux: Aintree hero set for Punchestown task

Clan Des Obeaux will head for next week’s Punchestown Festival, his trainer has confirmed

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Horse Racing - Grand National Festival - Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, Britain - April 8, 2021 Clan Des Obeaux ridden by Harry Cobden wins the 2:50 Betway Bowl Chase Pool via REUTERS/Scott Heppell

Paul Nicholls has confirmed that recent Betway Bowl successor Clan Des Obeaux will bypass this weekend’s Sandown meeting in favour of a trip across the Irish Sea to Punchestown.

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The Ditcheat handler confirmed on his Twitter that connections of the two-time King George victor will supplement their charge for a tilt at next week’s Punchestown Gold Cup as opposed to Saturday’s bet365 Gold Cup in Esher.

Clan Des Obeaux will bid for victory at Punchestown over Sandown in his final run of the campaign

Having finished second at Down Royal in 2019, the recent Merseyside victor will now head for a battle with the Irish elite who dominated the Cheltenham renewal last month.

WATCH: CLAN DES OBEAUX RUNS OUT AN EASY WINNER OF THE BETWAY BOWL AT THE 2021 GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL [CREDIT: RACING TV]

Henry de Bromhead’s stable-duo Minella Indo and A Plus Tard were followed home by duel-winner Al Boum Photo in a clean sweep for Ireland at Prestbury Park, with Nicholls bypassing the blue riband event as a result of two previous underwhelming performances from his representative in Gloucestershire.

WATCH: MINELLA INDO BIDS FOR PUNCHESTOWN GLORY AFTER HIS CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL SUCCESS IN MARCH [CREDIT: RACING TV]

Instead, his yard star headed to the north-west in a decision that proved a masterstroke as Harry Cobden’s mount ran out a convincing 26-length success from Clondaw Castle.

Cobden, who rode Clan Des Obeaux to victory in Liverpool earlier this month, will not take the place in the hot-seat in Country Kildare after it was confirmed he would miss the rest of the season through injury.

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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