Today's racecards

Punchestown

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

  • Winner €19,500 2nd €5,700 3rd €2,700 4th €900
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 23.10s
  • Off time: 16:15:43
16:15 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Roi Du Mee (FR) 6/1
2nd Magnanimity (IRE) 3/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 24412-P Orange, dark blue braces, halved sleeves, dark blue spots on cap Follow The Plan (IRE) 78
Nag meCourse Winner
9 11-10 p O McKiernan T J Doyle 160 11/26.50
2 746PP-5 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Magnanimity (IRE) 163
Nag meCourse Winner
8 11-8 t D T Hughes D N Russell 140 3/14.00
3 F5358-5 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Roi Du Mee (FR) 12
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-8 G Elliott P Carberry 145 6/17.00
4 442PB2- Royal blue, white cross sashes, check cap Arabella Boy (IRE) 173
Nag me
7 11-0 E Bolger Miss N Carberry 134 8/19.00
5 433/127- RED, white cross of lorraine & sleeves, red cap Joncol (IRE) 295
Nag meCourse Winner
9 11-0 P Nolan R M Power 161 Evs2.00

Verdict

Roi Du Mee won this last year when he made all to easily beat the long odds-on Forpadydeplasterer. He hasn't really progressed as expected and was beaten a long way behind Sizing Europe at Gowran a couple of weeks ago. After scoring at Grade 2 level last January, Magnanimity was raced almost exclusively at the highest level and has been found wanting while Arabella Boy has only won once over fences and has plenty to do. Follow The Plan's 50/1 shock in the Grade 1 Betfred Bowl at Aintree was followed by an excellent second to China Rock in the Punchestown Gold Cup and he'll be better for his run in the Galway Plate but the concession of 10lb to Joncol looks beyond him. Paul Nolan's charge goes well fresh and though he hasn't quite hit the heights since his early Grade 1 victories he's young enough to prove his worth when back in the highest grade.