John Durkan Memorial Betting and Odds Focus: Allaho leads seven strong string for Mullins

The John Durkan Memorial oozes class at Punchestown on Sunday December 5. Allaho leads Willie Mullins' seven strong string against the likes of Envoi Allen and Fakir D'oudairies.

Leading Irish jumps trainer Willie Mullins is going mob-handed for the Grade 1 John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown on Sunday.

Mullins has saddled a joint-record seven previous winners of the Grade One contest and he is running seven horses at Punchestown, more than half the field.

Allaho, so brilliant when winning the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, appears the Mullins first string, with the trainer's son Patrick coming in for the ride.

Bryony Frost takes the mount on Franco De Port, whose high-class novice form includes a Grade One win at Leopardstown last Christmas.

Bryan Cooper steered Asterion Forlonge to victory over the course and distance in April and is once again on board, while Danny Mullins partners Kemboy, as he did to win last season's Irish Gold Cup.

Janidil, Melon and last year's John Durkan runner-up Tornado Flyer complete the Closutton squad.

Allaho is one of two leading hopes for Cheveley Park Stud along with Envoi Allen, who is the likely favourite for Henry de Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore.

The seven-year-old, who put a Cheltenham fall and an injury suffered at Punchestown behind him with an impressive return at Down Royal, is joined by Grand National-winning stablemate Minella Times, the mount of leading amateur Derek O'Connor.

A quality field is completed by Joseph O'Brien's Fakir D'oudairies, who like Envoi Allen has the benefit of a recent run having made a successful reappearance in last month's Clonmel Oil Chase.

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