Today's racecards

Punchestown

  • 19:45 Racing Post Champion Hunters Chase3m 1f

  • Winner €14,300 2nd €4,180 3rd €1,980 4th €661
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 7m 10.10s
  • Off time: 19:45:36
19:45 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Salsify (IRE) 5/4
2nd Oscar Delta (IRE) 6/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 4PF112 Emerald green, white sash, white stars on sleeves, emerald green cap All Or Now (IRE) 19
Nag me
8 12-0 B T Murphy Mr B McDonagh (7) 40/141.00
2 715/312 WHITE, emerald green star & stars on sleeves, white cap, red star Family Oficial (IRE) 48
Nag me
11 12-0 Mrs M Twohig Mr C McSweeney (7) 105 25/126.00
3 31-120U Purple, emerald green cross of lorraine, striped sleeves, emerald green cap, white star Oscar Delta (IRE) 42
Nag meDistance Winner
10 12-0 J J Mangan Miss J M Mangan (5) 127 6/42.50
4 P4F544 Beige, beige cap, brown star Parsons Pistol (IRE) 33
Nag me
11 12-0 t1 G Keane Miss S O Oakes (7) 127 33/134.00
5 F-12211 DARK GREEN, grey epaulettes, striped cap Salsify (IRE) 42
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 12-0 R Sweeney Mr C J Sweeney (3) 140 5/42.25
6 3005P-1 BLACK, black & white striped sleeves, white star on cap Western Charmer (IRE) 33
Nag meCourse Winner
11 12-0 S J Mahon Mr J T Carroll (3) 140 11/112.00
7 1F2 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Festive Affair 25
Nag me
5 11-5 E Bolger Mr Derek O'Connor 11/26.50

Verdict

Oscar Delta had seen the back of SALSIFY so many times in the past that it was a shock to see him in front over the last in the Foxhunter at Cheltenham. It must have been a shock to horse and rider also as the ten-year-old jinked on the run-in and unseated Jane Mangan leaving their old rival to win the race for the second time. The rider had compensation of sorts on board The Liquidator here on Wednesday and will be keen to make amends for her mishap but the overall form of Rodger Sweeney's charge may prove too much again. The remainder look as though they are playing for places though Enda Bolger could have unearthed another classy performer in this sphere in Festive Affair, who was making his hunter debut when giving the very useful Mossey Joe a scare at Cork. Western Charmer, runner-up in the 2011 Irish National, looks best of the rest.