Punchestown

  • 19:15 Orchid Transport Mares Novice Hurdle2m

  • Winner €14,625 2nd €4,275 3rd €2,025 4th €675
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 37.50s
  • Off time: 19:18:53
19:15 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Upsie (FR) 9/10
2nd Twigline (FR) 11/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 210431 BLACK & PINK DIAMONDS, black sleeves, pink cap, black diamond Bobbina (IRE) 18
Nag me
6 11-7 B R Hamilton Mr D G Lavery (5) 126 10/111.00
2 3211 Emerald green & orange hooped, orange and  emerald green quartered cap Speckled Wood (IRE) 49
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-7 C Roche A P Crowe 125 4/15.00
3 064104 WHITE, purple diamond, purple spots on sleeves & cap Curvacious (IRE) 39
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-4 E Stanners D E Splaine (5) 119 25/126.00
6 51/1F2 RED, royal blue sleeves, red cap, royal blue star Twigline (FR) 39
Nag meBeaten Favourite
6 11-4 W P Mullins P Townend 130 11/43.75
7 11-1 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Upsie (FR) 60
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-4 W P Mullins R Walsh 9/101.90
8 317P Brown & orange chevrons, orange sleeves, orange cap, brown diamond Money Spider (IRE) 39
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
4 10-8 J F O'Shea S G McDermott 33/134.00
Non runners
45131-71Kates Benefit (IRE)711-4D BuddsD N Russell
50U1The Conker Club (IRE)711-4W HarneyB J Cooper

Verdict

TWIGLINE was only headed close home in a Grade 3 at Limerick last month. Curvacious was back in fourth and Money Spider pulled up after her saddle slipped. That looks the best form on offer in this and Willie Mullins' mare should take all the beating, though the yard also run the unbeaten Upsie who overcame trouble in-running to win a shade cosily at Naas in February. Kates Benefit shot clear at Navan last time and is another with scope but Bobbina and Speckled Wood need to improve again on respective wins at Limerick and Clonmel. The Conker Club was still a little green when scoring at the latter track four weeks ago but this is a big step up in class.