Punchestown

  • 17:30 Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle 3m

  • Winner €120,000 2nd €38,000 3rd €18,000 4th €6,000
  • Going: Good to Yielding
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 0.50s
  • Off time: 17:32:01
17:30 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Jetson (IRE) 20/1
2nd Quevega (FR) 9/10
3rd At Fishers Cross (IRE) 4/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 4U232 Emerald green & yellow hoops, white cap At Fishers Cross (IRE) 26
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
7 11-10 p Miss R Curtis A P McCoy 162 4/15.00
3 120-11 Light blue & royal blue diabolo, light blue sleeves & cap Fingal Bay (IRE) 49
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-10 P J Hobbs R Johnson 153 4/15.00
4 003154 Orange, black star , black & orange hooped sleeves, orange cap, black star Jetson (IRE) 28
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-10 Mrs J Harrington D N Russell 145 20/121.00
5 125127 Tan, black & green hooped sleeves, black cap Knockara Beau (IRE) 48
Nag meDistance Winner
11 11-10 G A Charlton Jan Faltejsek 150 25/126.00
6 4-5635 YELLOW & LIGHT GREEN DIABOLO, yellow sleeves, quartered cap Mourad (IRE) 10
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
9 11-10 W P Mullins D J Casey 147 66/167.00
7 013148 White, Red triple diamond, Royal Blue sleeves, White stars, White cap, Red diamonds Reve de Sivola (FR) 49
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
9 11-10 Nick Williams B J Geraghty 158 14/115.00
8 2P0-70 Light blue & pink chevrons, light blue sleeves, pink star on cap Sadler's Risk (IRE) 50
Nag me
6 11-10 H De Bromhead A E Lynch 143 66/167.00
9 13112 YELLOW & BLACK CHEVRONS, yellow sleeves, white & black striped cap Glens Melody (IRE) 51
Nag meCourse Winner
6 11-3 W P Mullins P Townend 142 10/111.00
10 11/11-1 RED, royal blue sleeves, red cap, royal blue star Quevega (FR) 51
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 11-3 W P Mullins R Walsh 167 9/101.90
Non runners
215-U41Bog Warrior (IRE)1011-10A J MartinP Carberry157

Verdict

Quevega, chasing a fantastic five-timer in this Grade 1, has followed a familiar path. She made her customary reappearance in the Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham and kept on well to beat stable companion Glens Melody. Mourad will help set the pace in this and Willie Mullins' brilliant mare will make a bold bid to extend an unbeaten record that stretches back almost five years. But we're going to take her on this year with FINGAL BAY, who doesn't bear any scars from competing against the very best and may be approaching his prime. He was very highly regarded before injury interrupted his career and won the Pertemps Final under top weight at Cheltenham last month, which stamps him as potentially top-class. At Fishers Cross didn't manage a win last season, which was disappointing given his ability. He acts on good going but is better when the mud is flying, as is Reve De Sivola who was second in this last year. Bog Warrior won a Grade 2 over fences last time but is likely to struggle in this company back over the smaller obstacles.