Today's racecards

Punchestown

  • 18:05 Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle 2m 4f

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

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 30.50s
  • Off time: 18:05:16
18:05 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Un Atout (FR) 4/6

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
3 10-1173 EMERALD GREEN, yellow chevron & sleeves, red cap Sizing Rio (IRE) 25
Nag me
5 11-10 H De Bromhead A E Lynch 134 4/15.00
4 4-23471 Yellow & dark green diabolo, dark green & yellow striped sleeves, yellow & dark green quartered cap Ubak (FR) 20
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-10 G L Moore J E Moore 144 9/43.25
5 1-114 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Un Atout (FR) 45
Nag me
5 11-10 t1 W P Mullins D N Russell 149 4/61.67
Non runners
1B-12151Mullaghanoe River (IRE)511-10N MeadeP Carberry135
21113Pont Alexandre (GER)511-10W P MullinsR Walsh152

Verdict

There was a prevailing smell of scorched fingers when PONT ALEXANDRE was beaten in the Neptune Investment at Cheltenham as he was considered an Irish banker of the meeting. He ran well enough but just didn't have the pace to cope with The New One and Rule The World and he remains a long-term chasing prospect. He's expected to regain winning ways but it's no surprise that Gary Moore has elected to send Ubak here after his demolition job at Aintree. He was well behind the selection at Cheltenham but clearly showed massive improvement to land the Grade 1 Mersey Novices' Hurdle and it wouldn't be a shock if her were to prevail here. Sizing Rio is a smart prospect though his overall form to date falls just short of the required level and Mullaghanoe River is taking a massive leap from maiden company. The selection's stablemate Un Atout ran well behind Champagne Fever at Cheltenham where a blunder three out didn't help and he's no forlorn hope to cause an upset.