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  • 14:15 Dobbins & Madigans At Punchestown Hurdle 2m

  • (grade 1) €85,000 added 4yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner €55,250 2nd €17,000 3rd €8,500 4th €3,400
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 4.40s
  • Off time: 14:17:00

Full result

14:15 Punchestown Result 14th November 2010
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Solwhit (FR) 11-10 D N Russell C Byrnes 6 11/10f
Close up in 2nd, challenged after 2 out, led early straight, ridden clear last, kept on well, comfortably opened 5/4 touched 11/8
2nd Voler La Vedette (IRE) 11-5 P Townend C A Murphy 6 5/2
In touch in rear, close up when pushed along 3 out, 3rd after 2 out, 2nd and stayed on after last without threatening winner opened 5/2 touched 5/2
3rd Donnas Palm (IRE) 11-10 D J Condon N Meade 6 3/1
Led, ridden and strongly pressed from 2 out, headed early straight, 3rd and no extra after last opened 11/4 touched 3/1
4th 23 Sublimity (FR) 11-10 Andrew J McNamara Robert Hennessy 10 10/1
Close up in 3rd, ridden and dropped to rear after 2 out, no extra early straight, eased from last opened 10/1 touched 10/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.90
Straight Forecast: £4.33 Exacta: £4.80

Placepot: €33.40, Pool: €0.0

Verdict

SOLWHIT faced just three runners in defence of his crown but Charles Byrnes reported his charge to be a couple of weeks behind where he was at this stage last season and principal rivals Donnas Palm and Voler La Vedette had race fitness on their side whilst Sublimity had had a breathing operation since last in action. This was run at a steady pace in testing conditions with Solwhit content to take a lead from Donnas Palm but the response was immediate when asked to go about his work and the result never looked in doubt once he took up the running. Solwhit has made rapid strides over the past two seasons but was the subject of a health scare prior to a disappointing run in last year's Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham and that race may not even be on the agenda with domestic Grade Ones higher on the list at present. Voler La Vedette was a relatively late acceptor for this race once it was clear that Hurricane Fly wouldn't run and she did make good late ground on the winner without ever looking like overhauling him; there are plenty of options for this smart mare who may well appreciate a return to racing against her own sex and being stepped up in trip. Donnas Palm may ideally need a little further but he has now come up short on all four runs in Grade One company and looks short of top class but it would be no surprise to see him go well in the Hattons Grace over two and a half miles. Sublimity was well beaten off on ground that was too testing for him but is now ten years of age and vulnerable to younger guns.