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Punchestown

  • 16:10 Claim Your One Month Free Trial At racinguk.com Grand National Trial Handicap Chase 3m 4f

  • Winner €20,800 2nd €6,080 3rd €2,880 4th €960
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 7m 44.90s
  • Off time: 16:18:31
16:10 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Folsom Blue (IRE) 7/1
2nd Sole Witness (IRE) 14/1
3rd Are Ya Right Chief (IRE) 16/1
4th Portrait King (IRE) 16/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 145-F47 Maroon, white star and armlet, white cap Quito De La Roque (FR) 17
Nag meCourse Winner
10 11-10 p C A Murphy K C Sexton (5) 150 20/121.00
2 15211-P EMERALD GREEN Raz De Maree (FR) 70
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-2 D T Hughes M Darcy 142 25/126.00
3 22/0-P50 DARK BLUE, emerald green seams, white cap Out Now (IRE) 15
Nag me
10 10-7 E J O'Grady S J Hassett (3) 133 20/121.00
4 21716/U EMERALD GREEN, pink diamond & sleeves, white cap Popcorn (FR) 21
Nag me
11 10-5 W P Mullins R Walsh 131 14/115.00
5 4PFP-2P PURPLE, yellow chevron & cap Uncle Junior (IRE) 10
Nag meCourse Winner
13 10-5 p W P Mullins P Townend 131 14/115.00
6 02110/P White & royal blue diamonds, white sleeves, royal blue cap, white diamonds Portrait King (IRE) 108
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
9 10-4 M Phelan M P Walsh 130 16/117.00
7 62P-0B2 ROYAL BLUE, white cross of lorraine, white armlet, red cap, royal blue star Orpheus Valley (IRE) 21
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11 10-3 t T Gibney R P Treacy (7) 129 14/115.00
8 427-438 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Folsom Blue (IRE) 17
Nag me
7 10-1 C O'Dwyer B J Cooper 127 7/18.00
9 5P-FF4P LIGHT BLUE & RED QUARTERED, blue sleeves, check cap Carrigeen Lechuga (IRE) 24
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9 9-13 R H Lalor Miss E A Lalor (5) 125 20/121.00
10 11F322- Royal blue & yellow stripes, quartered cap Saoirse Dun (IRE) 282
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8 9-13 P J Rothwell A Ring (7) 125 12/113.00
11 6974F6 EMERALD GREEN, red sash, white sleeves & cap Sole Witness (IRE) 10
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10 9-12 C A McBratney B R Dalton (3) 124 14/115.00
12 411-24P GREY, black inverted triangle, halved sleeves, quartered cap Caheronaun (IRE) 63
Nag me
8 9-11 D T Hughes M A Enright 123 16/117.00
13 545153 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Sword Fish (IRE) 35
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
8 9-11 bt C Roche A P Crowe 123 5/16.00
14 53-5421 DARK BLUE, red star & stars on sleeves, dark blue cap, red star Jupitor (IRE) 35
Nag meCourse Winner
8 9-10 pt P Nolan R C Colgan 121 9/110.00
15 6-B0474 EMERALD GREEN & YELLOW CHEVRONS, halved sleeves, white cap The Bishop Looney (IRE) 22
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
10 9-10 T J Nagle-Jr P T Enright 121 8/19.00
16 51-6P05 YELLOW, emerald green chevron, quartered cap Carrig Millie (IRE) 21
Nag meCourse Winner
9 9-10 p M Cullen A E Lynch 120 12/113.00
17 3414-56 Purple, Yellow Chevron, white cap Are Ya Right Chief (IRE) 33
Nag me
9 9-10 W P Mullins D E Mullins 117 16/117.00
18 P62411 DARK GREEN & YELLOW CHECK, white sleeves, dark green & yellow check cap Thelobstercatcher 32
Nag me
10 9-10 pt P A Fahy D J Casey 115 11/26.50
Non runners
19RP-P752Carry Each Other (IRE)89-10M F MorrisM P Butler111

Verdict

This is a Grand National Trial in name only. Jupitor has been making steady progress over fences and a rise of just 2lb for his Limerick victory looks lenient. Thelobstercatcher remained a maiden over fences for 22 starts but has completed a Fairyhouse double in recent weeks and still looks on an attractive mark. He had Sword Fish a long way behind in December and the latter is better handicapped over hurdles. Portrait King won this in 2012 then landed the Eider Chase at Newcastle. He pulled up on his only subsequent start in October but should strip fitter this time. QUITO DE LA ROQUE looked potentially top class when beating Sizing Europe in Down Royal's Grade 1 JNwine.com Champion Chase in 2011, his fifth successive victory over fences. He's continued to compete at the highest level and is on his lowest ever mark so with a 5lb claimer on his back it wouldn't be a surprise to see him bounce back and take this. Raz De Maree was in tremendous form in staying handicaps at the backend of 2012 winning very tough events at LImerick and Cork though he pulled up in his only subsequent start in November. Popcorn once looked very promising but was struggling when unseating Ruby Walsh on his return from a long break at Navan last month.