Today's racecards

Punchestown

  • 13:00 Connexus Communications Beginners Chase2m 4f

  • Winner €8,280 2nd €1,920 3rd €840 4th €480
  • Going: Yielding
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 3.50s
  • Off time: 13:00:07
13:00 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Champagne Fever (IRE) 4/7
2nd Corbally Ghost (IRE) 12/1
3rd Marlbrook (IRE) 7/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
1 1/1F-645 BLACK, large red spots, red spots on sleeves, red cap Archie Meade (IRE) 23
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-12 t Daniel Howard D J Howard 25/126.00
2 123113- PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Champagne Fever (IRE) 207
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse Winner
6 11-12 W P Mullins R Walsh 4/71.57
3 9111/F4 WHITE, red striped sleeves, hooped cap Corbally Ghost (IRE) 17
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-12 N Meade R C Colgan 12/113.00
4 23148-7 EMERALD GREEN & ROYAL BLUE CHECK, red sleeves, emerald green cap Kashline (IRE) 17
Nag meCourse Winner
7 11-12 C Bowe M P Fogarty 40/141.00
5 71-25PU Yellow, maroon inverted triangle, pink sleeves, maroon armlet, pink cap Monelissio (IRE) 7
Nag me
6 11-12 P Casey B R Dalton (3) 40/141.00
6 2113B-5 BLACK & YELLOW DIABOLO, black sleeves, yellow cap Our Vinnie (IRE) 17
Nag me
6 11-12 C Byrnes R J Jones (3) 13/27.50
7 421- Emerald green & orange hooped, orange and  emerald green quartered cap Let's Celebrate (IRE) 230
Nag me
5 11-11 M F Morris N P Madden 33/134.00
8 11- EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Marlbrook (IRE) 252
Nag me
5 11-11 h C A Murphy M P Walsh 7/24.50
9 3P32-F3 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Rogue Angel (IRE) 13
Nag me
5 11-11 t M F Morris A E Lynch 11/112.00
10 1460-50 RED & WHITE STRIPES, check cap Bourbon Ellie (IRE) 7
Nag me
10 11-5 J Barcoe B Hayes (5) 66/167.00

Verdict

The chasing debut of CHAMPAGNE FEVER has been much anticipated. The brilliant winner of the championship bumpers at Cheltenham and here last year, and of two further Grade 1's over timber last season, he wasn't at his best behind Jezki at this year's Festival here but is already being touted as a likely champion of the novice chase division. Rogue Angel is another smart prospect and may have made a winning debut over fences but for falling at the last here last month. He couldn't match strides with Sizing Rio in a Grade 3 at Cork subsequently but will ensure the selection has a good test. Archie Meade has been disappointing so far over fences and Our Vinnie is likely to prove more of a threat as he is a very useful hurdler who will have come on a bundle for his opening run over the bigger obstacles here last month. Marlbrook is another interesting entry in what should be a race to savour.