Punchestown

  • 16:20 Aon Novice Handicap Chase 2m 5f

  • Winner €60,000 2nd €19,000 3rd €9,000 4th €3,000
  • Going: Good to Yielding
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 28.40s
  • Off time: 16:21:17
16:20 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Operating (IRE) 12/1
2nd Road To Riches (IRE) 9/1
3rd The Romford Pele (IRE) 10/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 13P41 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Road To Riches (IRE) 12
Course Winner
7 11-10 N Meade G N Fox (7) 145 9/110.00
2 -251P Maroon, Yellow cap, Maroon spots Ericht (IRE) 52
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
8 11-4 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 139 9/110.00
3 51U51 Black, purple seams, black sleeves, purple star on cap Some Tikket (IRE) 26
7 11-4 D T Hughes D N Russell 139 8/19.00
4 5-126 EMERALD GREEN, yellow chevron & sleeves, red cap Sizing Gold (IRE) 50
7 11-2 H de Bromhead A E Lynch 137 9/25.50
5 53441 Maroon, white star and armlet, white cap Balnaslow (IRE) 19
Course Winner
7 11-1 W P Mullins R Walsh 136 8/19.00
7 25222 ROYAL BLUE & RED CHEVRONS, royal blue sleeves, red cap, royal blue star Followmeuptocarlow (IRE) 55
Course Winner
11 10-12 pt T Foley Andrew J McNamara 133 9/110.00
8 22212 EMERALD GREEN,white sash & diamonds on slvs,emerald green & white striped cap Leavethelighton (IRE) 41
7 10-12 p E Doyle M P Butler (3) 133 12/113.00
9 43F31 White, white & black striped sleeves, striped cap Operating (IRE) 11
Course Winner
7 10-7 pt Mrs J Harrington R M Power 128 12/113.00
10 33246 Purple & yellow stripes, black sleeves & cap The Romford Pele (IRE) 16
7 10-7 p1 Miss R Curtis P Townend 128 10/111.00
11 42112 Dark green & white stripes, black & white striped sleeves, dark green & white striped cap Ballinvarrig (IRE) 69
7 10-5 T R George A P Cawley 126 7/18.00
12 0282-P MAROON, pink sleeves, white cap Kylecrue (IRE) 40
7 10-4 b J P Ryan R P Treacy (7) 125 25/126.00
13 43163 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap The Way We Were (IRE) 26
8 10-3 E J O'Grady M P Walsh 123 20/121.00
14 73532 Red, white cross sashes, red & white striped cap Shamiran (IRE) 26
Course Winner
9 10-3 b R Sweeney P D Kennedy (5) 122 16/117.00
15 455FU Emerald green & red quartered, diabolo on sleeves, dark blue cap Playtime Ben (IRE) 11
9 10-3 D E Fitzgerald D E Mullins 119 50/151.00
Non runners
6F13UFMullaghanoe River (IRE)611-1N MeadePaul Carberry136

Verdict

There are some progressive young chasers in this and the form should be worth following. The Way We Were, Shamiran and Playtime Ben must all carry more than their allotted weight but UK raiders The Romford Pele and Ballinvarrig have just sneaked into the handicap and are worth considering. Nicky Henderson has sent over Ericht but he has something to prove having never looked like convincing last time at Cheltenham. Paul Carberry has chosen Mullaghanoe River over Noel Meade's other runner Road To Riches and a clear round could see him in the firing-line, though he was no match for SIZING GOLD at Navan in December. Henry De Bromhead's charge has been set some stiff tasks since and has a chance to get back in the winning groove today. Balnaslow has also been competing at a high level and has to be feared but the handicapper has slaughtered Some Tikket for his win at Fairyhouse and Leavethelighton is no certainty to conform Gowran running with Followmeuptocarlow.