Today's racecards

Punchestown

  • 13:15 Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase 2m 4f

  • Winner €8,280 2nd €1,920 3rd €840 4th €480
  • Going: Soft to Heavy (Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 8.10s
  • Off time: 13:15:19
13:15 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Refused A Name 7/2
2nd Embracing Change (IRE) 8/1
3rd Hold Em Cowboy (IRE) 7/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 6-568F4 BLACK & YELLOW STRIPES, yellow sleeves, red cap Fergiethelegend (IRE) 13
Nag meCourse Winner
8 11-12 John G Carr J S McGarvey (2) 108 12/113.00
2 5R-847B ROYAL BLUE & WHITE CHECK, white sleeves & cap Whats On The Menu (IRE) 13
Nag meCourse Winner
10 11-9 J A Berry A F O'Neill (4) 105 12/113.00
3 245-F87 Yellow, black & yellow striped sleeves, black & yellow check cap Hidden Present (IRE) 21
Nag meDistance Winner
12 10-13 t Bernard Jones P D Kennedy (2) 95 12/113.00
4 0821/11- YELLOW, red disc, yellow & emerald green quartered cap Embracing Change (IRE) 601
Nag me
9 10-11 p1 R Tyner D E Splaine 93 8/19.00
5 D58031 ROYAL BLUE & LIGHT BLUE CHEVRONS, striped cap Refused A Name 16
Nag meDistance Winner
7 10-10 pt J J Hanlon C D Timmons (4) 92 7/24.50
6 24201F PURPLE & WHITE QUARTERED, purple sleeves, white cap Hold Em Cowboy (IRE) 29
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
10 10-9 p G Elliott John Winston (4) 91 7/42.75
7 50-P163 PURPLE, yellow spots, pink sleeves, purple & yellow striped cap Popaflora 16
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 10-2 b P J Rothwell K C Sexton (4) 84 5/16.00
8 1-P700P Pink, Dark Blue stars Treacy's Star (IRE) 20
Nag me
6 10-0 b1 P A Fahy M P Butler 82 16/117.00
9 P/UP9F-0 RED & WHITE DIABOLO, red sleeves, white stars, white cap The Bog Road Girl (IRE) 252
Nag me
9 9-10 p1 M P Fitzgerald C M Walsh (4) 74 12/113.00
10 P00/7PF- White, royal blue diamonds, white slvs, white cap, blue spots Star Of Hollywood (IRE) 364
Nag me
11 9-10 P McCreery J M Moore (4) 70 33/134.00

Verdict

Popaflora won this a year ago and is just 4lb higher despite scoring at Tipperary in May, though he'll need to do much better than his latest starts. Refused A Name showed his first sign of form over fences at Downpatrick last month then went to Down Royal and scored as he liked. The assessor has had his revenge with a 13lb rise but another big run is anticipated. Hold Em Cowboy is very consistent and though only once successful in 19 starts over fences he could have doubled his tally but for falling at the second last when odds-on at Downpatrick. Robert Tyner's EMBRACING CHANGE has won six times between the flags and though the latest was in May 2012 he'll not lack fitness and looks on a very fair mark - a chance is taken that he can make the transition to regulation fences.