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The dominant Allaho puts on a stunning performance to win the Punchestown Gold Cup

WILLIE MULLINS experienced the joy of six in the Punchestown Gold Cup after a monster performance from Allaho.

The high-profile eight-year-old cantered a strong field into the ground under Paul Townend to give Mullins an unprecedented sixth win of the race.

Allaho was a dominant winner of the Punchestown Gold Cup

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Allaho was a dominant winner of the Punchestown Gold CupCredit: PA
Trainer Willie Mullins has won the race six times

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Trainer Willie Mullins has won the race six timesCredit: PA

There were slight doubts about Allaho’s endurance as he returned to three miles for the first time since 2020 with just one win from five previous attempts.

But after spending the last two seasons bullying everything in the two-and-a-half mile division, he put the stayers in their place with a dominant win.

He went full throttle with the defending champion from the start Clan des Obeaux the only horse able to keep up for most of the race.

The relentless pace he set elicited numerous errors from his rivals and on the way home it was a question of ‘how far’.

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He prevailed after the final set, with Clan Des Obeaux runners-up to a proud Paul Nicholls, and he is now down 7-1 to William Hill in next year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Townend grinned, “We’ve now figured out how to ride him and I knew at the gallop we had gone it would be a fair one to get past me.

“He covers so much ground that it feels like he’s driving at half speed most of the time. He’s an absolute monster.”

Allaho’s success was part of a memorable Grade 1 treble for Mullins, with victories from The Nice Guy and Facile Vega elsewhere on the map.

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