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Punchestown

  • 13:00 I.N.H. Stallion Owners E.B.F. Novice Hurdle 2m

  • Winner €22,750 2nd €6,650 3rd €3,150 4th €1,050
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 7.40s
  • Off time: 13:00:13
13:00 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Too Scoops (IRE) 6/1
2nd Rory O'Moore (IRE) 13/8

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
2 57/511-1 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Balnaslow (IRE) 214
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-9 W P Mullins D N Russell 11/82.38
3 4981-17 Royal blue, light green star & sleeves, light green star on cap Captain Arceus (IRE) 28
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-9 D T Hughes R Loughran 12/113.00
4 1/79-1 MAROON & WHITE STRIPES, maroon cap, white hoop Home Farm (IRE) 31
Nag me
5 11-9 A L T Moore B J Geraghty 7/18.00
5 651-121 ROYAL BLUE,yellow epaulettes,yellow slvs,royal blue stars,blue cap,yellow star Rory O'Moore (IRE) 29
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-9 R O'Neill Andrew J McNamara 128 13/82.62
6 13-2212 Emerald green, yellow cross sashes & sleeves, yellow cap Too Scoops (IRE) 81
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-9 t H De Bromhead A E Lynch 6/17.00
Non runners
12-23711Shrapnel (IRE)611-12G ElliottR M Power132
7111/2-1Waaheb (USA)511-9D K WeldM P Walsh
81Foxrock (IRE)411-2T M WalshMs K Walsh

Verdict

Competitive Listed fare in which it will be fascinating to see how Waaheb takes to this higher level after cruising home on his hurdling debut in October after a lengthy absence, his previous run coming when a fine second in a Grade 1 bumper at the festival here in 2011. He has plenty of scope for improvement, likewise Balnaslow, who has landed a point-to-point, bumper and maiden hurdle on his last three starts. It's interesting to see the Irish champion trainer send him straight into this level of competition and it will be well worth noting to see how the market reacts to the aforementioned pair. Rory O'Moore, a confirmed trailblazer, should ensure a furious gallop but was comfortably beaten by Shrapnel when the pair met at Galway in October and is not fancied to turn the tables on 3lb better terms. SHRAPNEL has since gone on to comfortably account for Turban at Fairyhouse and looks the safest option in an intriguing affair.