Today's racecards

Punchestown

  • 13:35 Punchestown Annual Membership From 95 Hurdle2m 6f

  • Winner €13,000 2nd €3,800 3rd €1,800 4th €600
  • Going: Soft to Heavy, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 47.60s
  • Off time: 13:35:38
13:35 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Un Beau Matin (IRE) 7/1
2nd Owega Star (IRE) 25/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1544-63 Black, white star, red sleeves, red cap, white star Owega Star (IRE) 19
Nag me
5 11-4 Peter Fahey A D Leigh 130 25/126.00
2 51203-1 Purple, orange seams, orange star on cap Simenon (IRE) 63
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-4 W P Mullins P Townend 147 1/31.33
3 1380-12 PURPLE, pink diamond, pink sleeves, purple diamonds, white cap, purple star Bat Masterson (IRE) 42
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-0 b N Meade D J Condon 131 7/18.00
4 63F22F- WHITE, light blue sash, brown cap Becauseicouldntsee (IRE) 217
Nag meDistance Winner
9 10-10 N F Glynn A E Lynch 135 16/117.00
5 FF92/52 BLACK, yellow diamond, yellow diamonds on sleeves, yellow diamond on cap Earlson Gray (FR) 43
Nag me
7 10-10 D T Hughes B J Cooper 20/121.00
6 412-P2 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Un Beau Matin (IRE) 7
Nag me
4 10-10 G Elliott D N Russell 7/18.00

Verdict

Willie Mullins won this last year with So Young and can repeat the feat with SIMENON. Twice a winner over timber and a close third to Alderwood in the Champion Novice Hurdle here, he has been in brilliant form on the level scoring twice at Royal Ascot before not being beaten far in the Irish St Leger on his latest start. He can go right to the top of the stayers' division this season and should take this, though Un Beau Matin is a very nice recruit from France for Gordon Elliott and hasn't shown his best for the yard so far. Bat Masterson looks the main threat as he's done very well for a four-year-old and was only just touched off in a very competitive handicap at Gowran last month. Classy staying chaser Becauseicouldntsee makes his reappearance with another crack at the Grand National likely to be on the agenda.