Trainer Willie Mullins says there could be more to come from Al Boum Photo as he prepares to run in the Punchestown Gold Cup (Al Boum Photo – 11/8 to win) on Wednesday.
The nine-year-old lost his unbeaten record last time out when finishing third in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March.
Al Boum Photo had won the previous two editions of the Prestbury Park race, but Minella Indo proved too good this time around and claimed the spoils.
After a short break, Al Boum Photo looks more like his former self, according to Mullins, with the legendary trainer claiming that he wasn’t at his best last month.
“People could say that Al Boum Photo’s run might have been good enough to win the last two Gold Cups, and he just met two good horses on the day,” he told Racing TV.
“I’m not saying he’d have won the Gold Cup, but I thought he could have run better – maybe he didn’t fire as well as he has (in the past).
“Certainly, the last five jumps weren’t as strong as they were last year. He has worked well in the meantime, and I’m happy with him where he is at the moment.”
A bruised foot means Minella Indo misses Wednesday’s feature race at Punchestown but Kemboy, the 2019 winner of the race, will run and is 7/2 to come out on top.
There are eight races scheduled at Punchestown on Wednesday, running from 15:40 until 19:35, and there is another Grade One contest on the card with the Irish Mirror Novice Hurdle (17:20).
Betfred are offering extra places in three races at Punchestown on Wednesday, the 15:40, 16:15 and 19:00.