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Punchestown

  • 13:10 Ladbrokes.com Bet In Running Craddockstown Novice Chase 2m

  • (Grade 2) €40,000 added 4yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner €26,000 2nd €7,600 3rd €3,599 4th €1,199
  • Going: Soft, Soft/Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 22.50s
  • Off time: 13:10:16

Full result

13:10 Punchestown Result 20th November 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Days Hotel (IRE) 11-4 A E Lynch H De Bromhead 6 5/2
Chased leaders, improved to close 2nd halfway, led 5 out, challenged 2 out, ridden before last, strongly pressed last, kept on well to assert run-in opened 3/1 touched 3/1
2nd Lucky William (IRE) 11-7 B J Geraghty T Cooper 7 2/1f
Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, improved into 2nd after 5 out, ridden to challenge 2 out, pressed leader last, no extra run-in, kept on same pace opened 2/1 touched 2/1
3rd 8 Foildubh (IRE) 11-4 R C Colgan J P Ryan 7 10/1
Chased leaders early, 6th halfway, headway into 4th after 5 out, 3rd 4 out, ridden in 4th and slight mistake 3 out, no impression entering straight, kept on one pace opened 10/1 touched 12/1
4th ½ Delphi Mountain (IRE) 11-4 D G Hogan Denis Hogan 6 14/1
Held up in last, headway into 4th 4 out, 3rd 3 out, ridden and no impression leaders entering straight, kept on one pace opened 16/1 touched 16/1
5th 11 Whodoyouthink (IRE) 11-4 T J Doyle O McKiernan 6 7/2
Led, headed 5 out, ridden in 5th 4 out, no extra and kept on one pace opened 10/3 touched 4/1
6th 28 Monastrell 11-4 P Carberry N Meade 6 6/1
Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 5th after 5 out, no extra next, weakened and tailed off opened 11/2 touched 6/1
7th Imperial Shabra (IRE) 11-4 J L Cullen P O Brady 7 33/1
Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 6th after 5 out, no extra before next, weakened and tailed off opened 33/1 touched 33/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £5.30 Tote Place: £2.50,1.20
Straight Forecast: £8.71 Exacta: £12.50

Placepot: €17.70, Pool: €0.0

Verdict

DAYS HOTEL is a really strapping son of Oscar and it looks as though Henry de Bromhead has another very exciting novice chaser on his hands. It's not uncommon for big horses to be a little cumbersome at their fences but the six-year-old jumped like a buck on his way to a very convincing success. He was a little keen early on but jumped through into the lead after halfway and didn't put a foot wrong. It was encouraging to see how well he stayed on after the final fence and there appears no reason why he can't go right to the top, with a trip to Leopardstown at Christmas on the agenda. It will be interesting to see how he handles quicker ground, because if that proves a problem then that might be as big a stumbling block for the Arkle/Jewson as anything else. Runner-up Lucky William ran a terrific race under his penalty, and was the only horse to live with the winner when he quickened away from the field before the home turn. He was giving 3lbs to the winner and is another whose form seems to have improved drastically for fences. Third home was Foildubh who held every chance really but had no answer when left behind by the first two; his best form has come at smaller venues. Delphi Mountain was held up off the pace, which was honest enough, and just looked one-paced, whilst Whodoyouthink tried to make the running but was headed five out and could offer no more, soon ridden along vigorously. He had got much closer to Lucky William last time and this goes down as a very poor run, as does that of Monastrell who had won on the ground before.