Today's racecards

Punchestown

  • 13:55 Noel Farrelly Memorial Hurdle2m 4f

  • Winner €8,970 2nd €2,080 3rd €910 4th €520
  • Going: Soft to Heavy, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 13.30s
  • Off time: 13:55:32
13:55 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Ipsos Du Berlais (FR) 9/4
2nd Western Leader (IRE) 7/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 2/1134P- YELLOW & RED CHEVRONS, hooped cap China Rock (IRE) 302
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
9 11-10 M F Morris A E Lynch 145 12/113.00
2 332131/ ROYAL BLUE, dark green sleeves, royal blue cap Hugo De Vindecy (FR) 710
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-10 Mrs J Harrington A D Leigh 20/121.00
3 41/ PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Sergent Guib's (FR) 715
Nag me
6 11-10 W P Mullins R Walsh 11/82.38
4 23112/2 YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Western Leader (IRE) 14
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-10 J J Hanlon B Hayes (7) 7/24.50
5 9-12221 ROYAL BLUE & WHITE DIABOLO, white sleeves, white star on cap Golanbrook (IRE) 30
Nag meCourse Winner
6 11-6 b T Foley D J Condon 10/111.00
6 1/1123 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Ipsos Du Berlais (FR) 27
Nag me
6 11-6 N Meade D N Russell 133 9/43.25

Verdict

The market will probably be the best guide to the chances of China Rock, Hugo de Vindecy and Sergent Guib's, who all return from lay-offs of differing lengths. The latter, a French import, is the least exposed but makes his first appearance in Ireland in decent company. Western Leader was runner-up in the Grade 1 Sefton Novices' Hurdle at Aintree in 2010 and made a perfectly satisfactory reappearance behind Mikael D'Haguenet over C&D two weeks ago. His future surely lies over fences, however, and could struggle to get the better of the improving IPSOS DU BERLAIS, who didn't do a lot wrong when third to Boston Bob in a Grade 1 at Navan last month. Golanbrook lost his maiden tag at Gowran but needs to improve again to figure here.