Today's racecards

Punchestown

  • 17:00 AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle 2m

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

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 0.60s
  • Off time: 17:00:06
17:00 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Diakali (FR) Evs
2nd Blood Cotil (FR) 3/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 34-1146 PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Blood Cotil (FR) 45
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-0 W P Mullins P Townend 138 3/14.00
2 1124 Purple, orange seams, orange star on cap Diakali (FR) 43
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
4 11-0 h W P Mullins R Walsh 140 Evs2.00
3 2-U112 Pink, light green spots, pink sleeves, green cap Djakadam (FR) 25
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
4 11-0 W P Mullins D E Mullins 132 7/18.00
4 1123 Pink, light green spots, pink sleeves, black cap Dogora (FR) 25
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-0 W P Mullins E Mullins 130 20/121.00
5 31221P EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Stocktons Wing (IRE) 43
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-0 C O'Brien M P Walsh 132 5/16.00
6 54541 GREEN & RED HOOPS, white cap One Fine Day (IRE) 25
Nag meDistance Winner
4 10-7 t Mrs J Harrington R M Power 125 12/113.00

Verdict

Willie Mullins has only won this once in the past 10 years but intends to double that tally with four of the six entries. DIAKALI should prove best of them and come out on top here despite his recent defeats by Our Conor. The front-runner found Cheltenham's ultra-stiff track too much for him in the Triumph Hurdle but this will be more to his liking and he holds Blood Cotil on that latter run. Stocktons Wings also found the Triumph too hot to handle and was earlier behind Blood Cotil at Leopardstown. One Fine Day produced a shock when beating Djakadam and Dogora in a Fairyhouse Grade 3 where the drying ground probably made the difference. It will be a surprise if she can confirm the form in today's much more demanding ground and on worse terms.