Today's racecards

Punchestown

  • 17:30 Rabobank Champion Hurdle 2m

  • Winner €96,000 2nd €30,400 3rd €14,400 4th €4,800
  • Going: Good (Chase - Yielding, Good to Yielding in places)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 49.60s
  • Off time: 17:33:02
17:30 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Hurricane Fly (IRE) 1/2
2nd Thousand Stars (FR) 9/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 3/0116-5 LIGHT BLUE, royal blue hoop, royal blue armlet, royal blue cap Alaivan (IRE) 10
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
5 11-12 E J O'Grady Andrew J McNamara 145 33/134.00
2 11/3114- Emerald green & orange hoops, white cap Binocular (FR) 27
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-12 N J Henderson A P McCoy 167 5/16.00
3 21/527-2 PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Blackstairmountain (IRE) 11
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-12 W P Mullins E Mullins 152 28/129.00
4 31/1111- ROYAL BLUE, emerald green triple diamond,royal blue cap, emerald green diamonds Hurricane Fly (IRE) 52
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-12 W P Mullins R Walsh 172 1/21.50
5 212/115- Dark blue, light blue hoop, check sleeves & cap Menorah (IRE) 52
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-12 P J Hobbs R Johnson 162 6/17.00
6 3/74342- RED, royal blue sleeves, red cap, royal blue star Thousand Stars (FR) 27
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-12 W P Mullins Ms K Walsh 163 9/110.00

Verdict

It will be a major shock if HURRICANE FLY cannot gain his 11th success over hurdles on his 13th start and retain the title he won with a hard-fought success over Solwhit a year ago. Willie Mullins' brilliant hurdler was returning from injury that day and has since improved with every run culminating in a superb victory in the Champion Hurdle where he had Thousand Stars in fourth and Menorah a place behind. It's very difficult to see either of those reversing the form while Alaivan and Blackstairmountain haven't shown the quality for this so it's Binocular who looks the biggest threat. Nicky Henderson's former champion has had his problems well documented and didn't stay 2m4f in the Aintree Hurdle but he's a class act at his best and both track and going will suit.