Today's racecards

Punchestown

  • 16:15 Star Best For Racing Coverage Chase 2m 7f

  • Winner €19,174 2nd €5,605 3rd €2,656 4th €886
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 3.80s
  • Off time: 16:16:15
16:15 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Toner D'Oudairies (FR) 8/1
2nd Roi Du Mee (FR) 2/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 232213- MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star First Lieutenant (IRE) 176
Nag meCourse Winner
8 11-10 p M F Morris D N Russell 170 4/51.80
2 11211-F Maroon, white star and armlet, white cap Roi Du Mee (FR) 12
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-8 t G Elliott D J Condon 156 2/13.00
4 P/7444-5 PURPLE, gold sleeves, hooped cap Noble Prince (GER) 158
Nag meCourse Winner
9 11-6 P Nolan B J Geraghty 146 8/19.00
5 431P11 Maroon, white star, white armlets, yellow cap Toner D'Oudairies (FR) 15
Nag me
6 11-6 pt G Elliott B J Cooper 140 8/19.00
6 550674 Royal blue, light blue spots, brown cap, emerald green spots Shabra Charity (IRE) 15
Nag meDistance Winner
8 10-10 t P O Brady A P Heskin 111 66/167.00
Non runners
3141222-Tofino Bay (IRE)1011-8D T HughesB J Cooper149

Verdict

This revolves around the fitness of the top-class FIRST LIEUTENANT, who has the JNwine at Down Royal as his immediate target after this and will be in all the season's major races. His victory over Menorah in the Grade 1 Betfred Bowl at Aintree in April was the highlight of a superb season and there should be even more to come this campaign. This is no easy start, however, as Roi Du Mee has won this for the past two years and has a recent run to his credit though he could have done without falling last time. Tofino Bay had an excellent first season over fences winning three times including at Grade 2 level. He's probably reached his peak but should give a good account and looks better than the remainder, though the novice Toner D'Oudairies arrives in the form of his life.