Today's racecards

Punchestown

  • 17:30 Bibby Financial Services Ireland Punchestown Gold Cup 3m 1f

  • Winner €120,000 2nd €38,000 3rd €18,000 4th €6,000
  • Going: Good to Yielding
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 22.40s
  • Off time: 17:31:59
17:30 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Boston Bob (IRE) 5/2
2nd First Lieutenant (IRE) 5/1
3rd Long Run (FR) 6/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 5-F613 Pink, Emerald Green chevron, halved sleeves, quartered cap Argocat (IRE) 27
Nag me
6 11-10 T J Taaffe A P McCoy 162 9/110.00
2 F-1661 Beige & black halved, black chevrons on sleeves, beige cap Boston Bob (IRE) 26
Nag meCourse Winner
9 11-10 W P Mullins R Walsh 159 5/23.50
3 34234 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star First Lieutenant (IRE) 27
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
9 11-10 b1 M F Morris B J Geraghty 161 5/16.00
4 41F633 MAROON, pink sleeves, white cap Foildubh (IRE) 24
Nag meCourse Winner
10 11-10 J P Ryan A E Lynch 153 66/167.00
5 54U1F Brown, Orange sleeves, quartered cap Long Run (FR) 25
Nag me
9 11-10 p N J Henderson Mr S Waley-Cohen 162 6/17.00
6 23-556 EMERALD GREEN, red sleeves, check cap Lyreen Legend (IRE) 47
Nag me
7 11-10 D T Hughes P Carberry 157 11/26.50
7 234/48 Orange, Black star, Black and Orange striped sleeves Medermit (FR) 48
Nag me
10 11-10 A King W Hutchinson 149 25/126.00
9 541072 PURPLE, gold sleeves, hooped cap Noble Prince (GER) 10
Nag meCourse Winner
10 11-10 p P Nolan D N Russell 145 33/134.00
10 766112 black and Beige halved, black chevrons on beige sleeves, red cap On His Own (IRE) 47
Nag meDistance Winner
10 11-10 W P Mullins P Townend 164 4/15.00
Non runners
81-1123Morning Assembly (IRE)711-10P A FahyD J Casey153

Verdict

Willie Mullins won last year's renewal of this Grade 1 contest and will fancy his chances of landing the spoils again as both BOSTON BOB and On His Own arrive off the back of impressive performances at the highest level and will be prominent in the betting. Preference is for Ruby Walsh's mount after he returned to his best with victory in the Melling Chase at Aintree. He's always been held in high regard and should be followed now finally starting to fulfil his potential. He ran over a shorter trip at Cheltenham and never really figured but On His Own carried the Wylie colours with distinction in the Gold Cup, only going down by a short-head to Lord Windermere in a blanket finish. He'd won his previous two starts at Gowran and Fairyhouse and is much improved. First Lieutenant usually runs well in this grade but doesn't win as often as he should and Long Run may not be the force of old. The novice Morning Assembly may be biting off more than he can chew at this stage of his career while Lyreen Legend looks held by a couple of these on last season's form. Argocat finished ahead of First Lieutenant at Aintree but needs to reproduce that form on a consistent basis.