Punchestown

  • 16:20 Aon Novice Handicap Chase 2m 5f

  • Winner €49,600 2nd €15,200 3rd €7,200 4th €2,400
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 2.80s
  • Off time: 16:19:59
16:20 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Madam Bovary (IRE) 20/1
2nd Saoirse Dun (IRE) 15/2
3rd Avondhu Lady (IRE) 16/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 0-13214 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Sweeney Tunes 25
Nag me
7 11-10 P Nolan D N Russell 144 8/19.00
2 4-12115 Dark Blue, White star, Red sleeves, White stars, Red cap, White star Terminal (FR) 44
Nag me
6 11-9 W P Mullins P Townend 143 7/18.00
4 331142 Royal blue, white hoop, white sleeves, royal blue cap Shangani (USA) 27
Nag me
7 11-4 Miss V Williams L Treadwell 138 9/110.00
5 U36110 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Competitive Edge (IRE) 25
Nag meCourse Winner
6 11-3 C O'Dwyer M P Walsh 137 10/111.00
6 37U642 ROYAL BLUE & YELLOW DIABOLO, royal blue sleeves, yellow diamonds, hooped cap The Real Article (IRE) 54
Nag me
8 11-3 E J O'Grady B J Geraghty 137 12/113.00
7 255330 BLACK & EMERALD GREEN CHECK, emerald green sleeves, yellow cap Cootamundra (IRE) 25
Nag meCourse Winner
10 11-2 J A Berry R M Moran 136 14/115.00
8 314522 RED, dark green cross of lorraine, striped cap Avondhu Lady (IRE) 24
Nag meCourse Winner
8 10-12 David Fenton D J Condon 132 16/117.00
9 118-131 LIGHT BLUE & BLACK STRIPES, black stars on sleeves, black star on cap Immediate Response (IRE) 29
Nag me
10 10-10 W P Mullins R Walsh 130 9/25.50
11 33574P Emerald green & orange hooped, quartered cap Carlingford Lough (IRE) 25
Nag meBeaten Favourite
7 10-9 J E Kiely N P Madden 129 12/113.00
12 020521 RED, black star, red cap, black stars Forty Foot Tom 22
Nag meDistance Winner
8 10-5 D Miley A P Heskin 125 16/117.00
13 81P-533 PURPLE, yellow cross of lorraine, yellow cap Spring Heeled (IRE) 54
Nag meBeaten Favourite
6 10-5 J H Culloty D E Splaine (5) 125 9/25.50
15 331F58 DARK BLUE, emerald green seams, white cap Madam Bovary (IRE) 24
Nag meCourse Winner
7 10-3 Mrs J Harrington R M Power 123 20/121.00
17 111F32 Royal blue & yellow stripes, quartered cap Saoirse Dun (IRE) 39
Nag me
7 10-3 P J Rothwell A Ring (7) 116 15/28.50
19 65P022 Royal blue, light blue spots, brown cap, emerald green spots Shabra Charity (IRE) 19
Nag me
8 10-3 t P O Brady R P Treacy (7) 114 50/151.00
Non runners
315P513Home Farm (IRE)611-8A L T MooreD J Casey142
1022P323White Star Line (IRE)910-10D T HughesB J Cooper130
14PF4411Caheronaun (IRE)710-3D T HughesM A Enright123
164U6159Hidden Future (IRE)710-3C A McBratneyD E Mullins122
182105P1Solstice Knight (IRE)1010-3E J O'GradyP F Mangan116

Verdict

Philip Hobbs won this for the UK a couple of years ago so there's no reason why Venetia Williams' Shangani shouldn't go well. The Real Article has yet to win over fences though the former useful hurdler has probably been racing over trips too short. Sweeney Tunes landed a Grade 2 at Naas in February before a tremendous run in the Irish National and enters the equation despite his big weight. The six-year-old Home Farm finished just in front of him at Fairyhouse and must also be considered. Avondhu Lady is well up to this class having been narrowly beaten in a Grade 2 at Limerick and she's on the short-list but IMMEDIATE RESPONSE is given the nod. He's managed to win six races despite looking a tricky ride on occasions but he jumped really well at Clonmel last time and could have been let in lightly for his handicap debut over fences.