Today's racecards

Punchestown

  • 13:35 John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase 2m 4f

  • Winner €51,999 2nd €15,200 3rd €7,200 4th €2,400
  • Going: Good to Yielding
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 1.90s
  • Off time: 13:36:02
13:35 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Arvika Ligeonniere (FR) 4/7

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 11FP1-1 PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Arvika Ligeonniere (FR) 24
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-10 W P Mullins R Walsh 161 4/71.57
3 3237-36 LIGHT BLUE & MAROON HOOPS, blue sleeves, striped cap Rubi Light (FR) 24
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-10 R Hennessy B J Geraghty 152 16/117.00
4 1/24121- MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Sir Des Champs (FR) 228
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-10 W P Mullins D N Russell 173 7/42.75
Non runners
211323-1Flemenstar (IRE)811-10A J MartinA E Lynch169

Verdict

FLEMENSTAR had Sir Des Champs 5l behind when landing this a year ago when Rubi Light, who had been successful in 2011, was a distance behind. The winner, like this year, had a fitness advantage over his big rival and is much better suited to this trip so looks the one to be on. The runner-up reversed the form over 3m at Leopardstown in February before his briliant performances in the Gold Cups at Cheltenham and Punchestown. His stablemate, Arvika Ligeonniere, had a tremendous novice career over fences landing three Grade 1's. He put a poor effort in the Arkle behind him to win the Ryanair at Punchestown and reappeared with an impressive Grade 2 victory at Clonmel when Rubi Light was well beaten.