Punchestown

  • 17:30 Boylesports.com Champion Chase 2m

  • Winner €86,800 2nd €26,600 3rd €12,600 4th €4,200
  • Going: Good to Yielding (Good in places; Cross Country: Firm)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 11.70s
  • Off time: 17:30:40
17:30 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Big Zeb (IRE) 9/4
2nd Sizing Europe (IRE) 11/8

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 11/1122- PURPLE, yellow spots, purple sleeves, yellow spots on cap Big Zeb (IRE) 48
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 11-12 C A Murphy B J Geraghty 171 9/43.25
2 181/143- EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Captain Cee Bee (IRE) 48
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 11-12 E P Harty A P McCoy 167 5/16.00
3 025852- EMERALD GREEN, yellow chevron & sleeves, red cap Changing Course (IRE) 23
Nag me
9 11-12 b H De Bromhead B M Cash 119 200/1201.00
4 121114- RED, white hooped sleeves, red cap, white spots Golden Silver (FR) 48
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-12 W P Mullins P Townend 166 11/26.50
5 13/2231- EMERALD GREEN, yellow chevron & sleeves, red cap Sizing Europe (IRE) 48
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-12 H De Bromhead Timmy Murphy 176 11/82.38
6 3U/2636- RED, royal blue sleeves, red cap, royal blue star J'y Vole (FR) 47
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
8 11-7 W P Mullins R Walsh 150 14/115.00

Verdict

A brilliant renewal with the first four home from the Queen Mother Champion Chase locking horns again. SIZING EUROPE produced his best run since landing last year's Arkle to take the big one at Cheltenham with Big Zeb a gallant runner-up, Captain Cee Bee third and last year's winner of this, Golden Silver, fourth. The ground will be quicker this time but it was impossible not to be impressed by the winner who should confirm the form. Big Zeb made a slight mistake two out but that didn't make a difference to the result and though Captain Cee Bee may enjoy today's faster going he has plenty of ground to make up. Golden Silver needs softer ground while the mare J'y Vole is much better over further and is another for whom the going will probably be too quick.