Punchestown

  • 15:50 Michael Fitzpatrick Memorial Grand National Trial Handicap Chase 3m 4f

  • Winner €17,876 2nd €5,225 3rd €2,475 4th €825
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 8m 18.40s
  • Off time: 15:54:41
15:50 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Spot The Boss (IRE) 8/1
2nd Murchu (IRE) 9/2
3rd Vesper Bell (IRE) 7/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 2152-21 PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Vesper Bell (IRE) 34
Nag meCourse Winner
7 11-10 W P Mullins R Walsh 138 7/42.75
2 9R7414 Emerald green & yellow hoops, white cap Arbor Supreme (IRE) 29
Nag meCourse Winner
11 10-6 Jonjo O'Neill M J Linehan (5) 120 5/16.00
3 22-5402 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Carry Each Other (IRE) 34
Nag me
7 10-5 p M F Morris A E Lynch 119 8/19.00
4 527624 ROYAL BLUE & WHITE CHECK, white sleeves & cap Give Us A Hand (IRE) 37
Nag meBeaten Favourite
11 10-3 J A Berry P Carberry 117 10/111.00
5 45-2373 PURPLE, mauve disc, striped sleeves, black & orange hooped cap Miss Pepperpot (IRE) 22
Nag me
9 10-1 F Flood P T Enright 115 10/111.00
6 7-197P5 YELLOW, red epaulettes, emerald green sleeves, yellow cap, red star Droim Toll (IRE) 37
Nag meCourse Winner
11 10-0 D Hassett P Townend 114 16/117.00
7 13913U MAUVE Murchu (IRE) 10
Nag me
7 9-13 t J J Hanlon M A Enright (5) 113 9/25.50
8 186U52 YELLOW, royal blue star, hooped sleeves & cap Prince Of Leisure (IRE) 10
Nag me
13 9-10 D Broad B R Dalton (5) 109 20/121.00
9 U-48362 Orange, dark blue braces, halved sleeves, dark blue spots on cap Spot The Boss (IRE) 22
Nag meCourse Winner
9 9-10 v O McKiernan R C Colgan 106 8/19.00
10 04/2012- Maroon, black epaulettes, black stars on sleeves, maroon cap Rickardstown (IRE) 607
Nag me
10 9-10 B T Murphy B J Cooper 104 33/134.00
Non runners
11455352Spiker The Biker (IRE)99-10Miss F SlevinD J Bates91

Verdict

It's ten years since Hedgehunter, carrying a feather weight, won this for Willie Mullins but he didn't land the big one at Aintree until two years later. Vesper Bell represents the champion trainer this time and though he's a very smart staying prospect he's far too inexperienced for Aintree and will be heading for Cheltenham after this. A handicap mark of 138 gives him plenty to do in this tough handicap and though ARBOR SUPREME has failed to complete the course in three Grand Nationals this is more of his level, as he showed when landing the Devon Marathon at Exeter, and he gets the nod in receipt of so much weight. Give Us A Hand has won once in 32 starts under Rules and Miss Pepperpot is an uncertain stayer but Murchu scored over 3m5f at Fairyhouse and has no problems with the trip.