Today's racecards

Punchestown

  • 11:55 Punchestown Gift Vouchers For Christmas Beginners Chase2m 4f

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

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 21.30s
  • Off time: 11:56:31
11:55 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st El Fontan (FR) 11/1
2nd Mikael D'haguenet (FR) 5/4
3rd Best Served Cold 7/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
1 U857 Emerald Green, Yellow seams, quartered cap As De Pique (IRE) 15
Nag me
7 11-12 Thomas McGivern E J O'connell 50/151.00
2 94236/ EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Battle Bound (IRE) 595
Nag me
6 11-12 P A Fahy N P Madden 50/151.00
3 1234P-4 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Best Served Cold 19
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-12 M Hourigan D N Russell 7/18.00
4 98837 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Dear Boss (IRE) 34
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6 11-12 A L T Moore D J Casey 40/141.00
5 332032 DARK BLUE, yellow diamond & sleeves, yellow cap, red diamond El Fontan (FR) 15
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7 11-12 D T Hughes B J Cooper 11/112.00
6 42232-6 BLACK, yellow seams, maroon sleeves, black cap, yellow star Liszt (IRE) 15
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6 11-12 b M Torrens M Darcy 33/134.00
7 112P5-0 PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Mikael D'haguenet (FR) 181
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-12 W P Mullins P Townend 5/42.25
8 S1127-3 YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Mount Benbulben (IRE) 19
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
7 11-12 G Elliott D J Condon 5/42.25
9 0826F-9 Dark green, light blue cross sashes, white cap, yellow spots Paddy The Stout (IRE) 17
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7 11-12 Lady J Fowler M J Bolger (3) 40/141.00
10 020-P70 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Sword Fish (IRE) 9
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6 11-12 C Roche A P Crowe 40/141.00
11 40-0194 RED & EMERALD GREEN CHECK, red sleeves, emerald green cap Boss Croaker (IRE) 11
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5 11-11 R Tyner P T Enright 33/134.00
12 2264-7P YELLOW & ROYAL BLUE HOOPS, yellow sleeves, emerald green cap Katnap (FR) 149
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5 11-11 Mrs S A Bramall J L Cullen 33/134.00

Verdict

Willie Mullins had several high-class entries for this and has chosen the race to reintroduce MIKAEL D'HAGUENET to fences. A brilliant novice hurdler, he never appeared to recover from a last-fence fall when making his debut for the yard over the bigger obstacles at Fairyhouse two years ago. He did produce a couple of decent efforts and hopefully can start fulfilling his enormous potential. Mount Benbulben, a Grade 2 winner over timber, is a big threat as he made a reasonable debut over fences over what was undoubtedly a trip too short at Naas. That looked a very hot event and with improvement virtually guaranteed he will make his presence felt this season. Useful hurdler Best Served Cold made a fair start over fences at Galway but gives the impression a longer trip would suit and though El Fontan has been going well he's now had 11 starts over fences and looks vulnerable.