Today's racecards

Punchestown

  • 17:30 Rabobank Champion Hurdle 2m

  • Winner €119,499 2nd €38,000 3rd €18,000 4th €6,000
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 14.30s
  • Off time: 17:31:08
17:30 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Hurricane Fly (IRE) 1/4
2nd Thousand Stars (FR) 14/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 31-1111 ROYAL BLUE, emerald green triple diamond,royal blue cap, emerald green diamonds Hurricane Fly (IRE) 45
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-12 W P Mullins R Walsh 173 1/41.25
2 64-112P MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Midnight Game 42
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-12 W P Mullins D N Russell 147 50/151.00
4 4-11122 DARK BLUE, orange & dark blue halved sleeves, dark blue cap Rebel Fitz (FR) 36
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
8 11-12 M Winters B J Geraghty 155 16/117.00
5 213-312 Dark green, white cross sashes, light green sleeves, dark green & white hooped cap Rock On Ruby (IRE) 45
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-12 bt H Fry N Fehily 170 9/25.50
6 9-43219 PURPLE, yellow chevron & cap So Young (FR) 43
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-12 W P Mullins D J Casey 152 28/129.00
7 143263 RED, royal blue sleeves, red cap, royal blue star Thousand Stars (FR) 22
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-12 W P Mullins P Townend 163 14/115.00
Non runners
360-111PMister Benedictine1011-12B W DukeD Crosse128

Verdict

Willie Mullins had six of the original ten entries and still runs four but all eyes will be on the Champion Hurdler HURRICANE FLY, who has now won an incredible 15 Grade 1's which includes this race for the past three years. He regained the championship he had lost to Rock On Ruby with a tremendous display at Cheltenham and only the latter stands in his way of a fourth victory in this event. Noel Fehily's decision to attempt to make all on Rock On Ruby at The Festival didn't please everyone but he tried to run the sting out of Hurricane Fly and at one point looked as though he'd succeeded. Similar tactics are likely here and it should be a fascinating spectacle. Galway Hurdle winner Rebel Fitz is admirably tough and consistent though his only start at this level resulted in a fourth place behind Dedigout here a year ago and that form is nowhere near good enough. Thousand Stars invariably plays second fiddle to his illustrious stablemate and his turn may come again in France, as it did last year after finishing third here.