Today's racecards

Punchestown

  • 14:05 John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase 2m 4f

  • Winner €52,000 2nd €15,199 3rd €7,200 4th €2,400
  • Going: Soft to Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 27.30s
  • Off time: 14:05:22
14:05 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Rubi Light (FR) 5/2
2nd Joncol (IRE) 5/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 253/5P-2 RED, white hooped sleeves, red cap, white spots Cooldine (IRE) 38
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
9 11-10 t1 W P Mullins R Walsh 151 8/19.00
2 31/433-1 RED, white cross of lorraine & sleeves, red cap Joncol (IRE) 38
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-10 P Nolan P Carberry 161 5/23.50
3 3U1P-P3 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Kempes (IRE) 18
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance Winner
8 11-10 t W P Mullins D J Casey 162 10/111.00
4 117-512 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Roi Du Mee (FR) 36
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
6 11-10 G Elliott Miss N Carberry 148 8/19.00
5 17213-3 LIGHT BLUE & MAROON HOOPS, blue sleeves, striped cap Rubi Light (FR) 71
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
6 11-10 R Hennessy A E Lynch 164 5/23.50
6 3/P666-4 ROYAL BLUE & YELLOW HALVED, red sleeves, royal blue cap, yellow star Trafford Lad 28
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-10 L Butler T J Doyle 145 40/141.00
7 6/117-U1 ORANGE & PURPLE DIAMONDS, purple sleeves, purple cap, orange diamonds Tranquil Sea (IRE) 31
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-10 E J O'Grady B J Geraghty 160 7/24.50

Verdict

Tranquil Sea won this last year when Cooldine and Trafford Lad were behind while Joncol scored the previous year. Joncol had Cooldine a long way behind when both returned at Thurles but the latter was only a neck behind him in the Hennessy at Leopardstown last year. RUBI LIGHT has yet to do it at the very highest level but this could be his time. The six-year-old, a close third to Albertas Run at Cheltenham in March, would have made a winning reappearance in a Grade 2 at Gowran in October but for falling at the last and has the scope to be a potential champion at this trip. Kempes had Joncol behind when landing this year's Hennessy and a recent spin over hurdles will have put him straight, while Roi Du Mee was a cracking novice last season and his two runs this term suggest he's still progressing.