Today's racecards

Punchestown

  • 18:40 Ryanair Novice Chase 2m

  • Winner €68,200 2nd €20,900 3rd €9,900 4th €3,300
  • Going: Good to Yielding
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 11.80s
  • Off time: 18:40:35
18:40 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st God's Own (IRE) 25/1
2nd Moscow Mannon (IRE) 20/1
3rd Balder Succes (FR) 11/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 11129 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Arnaud (IRE) 28
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-10 C Byrnes B T O'Connell 146 40/141.00
2 F15111 Red, emerald green disc, emerald green sleeves, red stars, red cap Balder Succes (FR) 26
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-10 A King W Hutchinson 160 11/43.75
3 13-132 PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Champagne Fever (IRE) 51
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-10 W P Mullins R Walsh 157 5/42.25
4 111224 Beige & black halved, black chevrons on sleeves, beige cap Felix Yonger (IRE) 49
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-10 W P Mullins P Townend 152 9/25.50
5 U10242 Light blue, royal blue star, white & royal blue check sleeves & cap God's Own (IRE) 68
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-10 T R George B J Geraghty 142 25/126.00
6 2-4124 Royal blue, red epaulettes & sleeves, red cap, white star Moscow Mannon (IRE) 26
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-10 H De Bromhead D N Russell 143 20/121.00
7 8354F6 EMERALD GREEN, yellow sleeves, white cap, yellow spots Ted Veale (IRE) 26
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-10 A J Martin P Carberry 142 25/126.00
8 122133 Maroon, White star, armlets and cap Trifolium (FR) 26
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-10 C Byrnes A P McCoy 153 7/18.00

Verdict

Balder Succes has won five of his seven starts over the larger obstacles, including a Grade 1 at Aintree last time when Trifolium and Ted Veale were behind. He will be a threat to all here but we just prefer CHAMPAGNE FEVER. Willie Mullins' grey was a beaten favourite in the Champion Novice Hurdle at this meeting last year when finishing just behind Ted Veale but showed what he was capable of when just touched off by the rallying Western Warhorse in the Arkle at Cheltenham in March and should have too much pace for stablemate Felix Yonger, fourth in another Grade 1 over a longer trip at Cheltenham but beaten nine lengths by Trifolium at Leopardstown earlier. It's difficult to see any of the others getting involved, though Arnaud could complicate matters if he takes on the selection for the lead.