The John Durkan Memorial Chase is a Grade 1 race run over 2 miles and 4 furlongs with 14 fences jumped, held annually at Punchestown Racecourse.
It’s traditionally a starting point for Irish-trained horses looking to pave a route to Cheltenham Gold Cup success, such as last year’s winner, Galopin Des Champs, who also won the big race at the Cheltenham Festival.
The list of race winners includes some of the greats of Irish horse racing, such as Dawn Run, Dorans Pride, and Florida Pearl.
Willie Mullins has enjoyed considerable success in the race - saddling the winner nine times, including the last five renewals.
He is represented this year by five of the six runners, including the favourite Galopin Des Champs, aiming to land the race for the second consecutive year.
Looking to stop a Mullins win is the Martin Brassil-trained Fastorslow, who did defeat Galopin Des Champs when they clashed in the Punchestown Gold Cup back in April.
The 2023 John Durkan Memorial Chase will be run on Sunday, November 26.
John Durkan Memorial Chase Betting Offers
How To Get Free Bets For The 2023 John Durkan Memorial Chase
One of the leading bookmakers in the UK and Ireland, Paddy Power offers a generous sign-up offer that’s perfect for horse racing fans that sees you receive £50 in free bets when opening a new account and wagering £10 on horse racing.
BetGoodwin are well-known for their horse racing refund offers that include a refund if your selection finishes second in a chase beaten by under half a length or if your horse falls at the last fence - both offers will be available on the John Durkan Memorial Chase.
John Durkan Memorial Chase Tips
The John Durkan Memorial Chase is one of two Grade 1 races run at Punchestown’s Winter Festival, the other being the Morgiana Hurdle, due to be held on Saturday, November 25.
Our tipping expert, Charlie McCann, has a 2/1 selection for the big race - check out his full reasoning via the link below.
John Durkan Memorial Chase Betting Tips & Stats Guide
What Happened Last Year?
Last year’s John Durkan Memorial Chase was won by the Willie Mullins-trained Galopin Des Champs, ridden by Paul Townend.
It was a comfortable victory for the 2/9 favourite, who was always in control and put in an excellent round of jumping to beat Fakir D’oudairies by 13 lengths.
When & Where Is The 2023 John Durkan Memorial Chase?
Punchestown Racecourse is the traditional venue for the John Durkan Memorial Chase, with the race typically taking place on the second day of their Winter Festival at the end of November.
And this year’s race could be another classic as the Willie Mullins-trained Galopin Des Champs, who won last year alongside the Cheltenham Gold Cup, potentially facing the Punchestown Gold Cup winner Fastorslow.
This year’s John Durkan Memorial Chase will be run on Sunday, November 26.
Recent John Durkan Memorial Chase Winners
The John Durkan Memorial Chase typically sees the top staying chasers in Ireland clashing in an early-season prep race for the Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival.
It’s a race that has seen some high-quality winners, including Dorans Price, Florida Pearl, Kicking King, and Djakadam.
Below are the last five John Durkan Memorial Chase winners.
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When is the 2023 John Durkan Memorial Chase?
The 2023 John Durkan Memorial Chase is scheduled for Sunday, November 26.
Where is the John Durkan Memorial Chase run?
Punchestown Racecourse hosts the John Durkan Memorial Chase.
Who won the 2022 John Durkan Memorial Chase?
The Willie Mullins-trained Galopin Des Champs won the 2022 John Durkan Memorial Chase, and also won the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Where can I watch the John Durkan Memorial Chase?
The John Durkan Memorial Chase will be shown live on the subscription channel Racing TV. It can also be streamed live via various online bookmakers.