Punchestown

  • 18:05 Betchronicle.com Champion I.N.H. Flat Race 2m

  • Winner €48,750 2nd €14,249 3rd €6,750 4th €2,250
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 43.40s
  • Off time: 18:05:38
18:05 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Lovethehigherlaw (IRE) 8/1
2nd Waaheb (USA) 15/8
3rd Jenari (IRE) 11/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
1 23213- BLACK, yellow chevron, black cap Aupcharlie (IRE) 49
Distance Winner
5 12-0 P E Collins Mr J P McKeown 9/110.00
2 21- White & emerald green diamonds, white sleeves, red diamonds, white cap Caolaneoin (IRE) 81
Distance Winner
5 12-0 S Fahey Mr J A Fahey 16/117.00
3 218/4 YELLOW, royal blue hoop & armlet, white cap, royal blue star Fionn Tra (IRE) 10
Distance Winner
7 12-0 Mrs J Harrington Miss K Harrington 50/151.00
4 2/4- EMERALD GREEN, yellow chevron & sleeves, red cap Go All The Way (IRE) 49
6 12-0 N A Twiston-Davies Mr Derek O'Connor 11/112.00
5 533112- Red, yellow panel, red cap Letter Of Credit (IRE) 73
Distance Winner
6 12-0 G T Lynch M P Fogarty 20/121.00
6 1/12- MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Lovethehigherlaw (IRE) 52
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
5 12-0 W P Mullins Mr P W Mullins 8/19.00
7 221- Dark blue & white chevrons, white sleeves, dark blue diabolo, white cap, dark blue star Starling Force (IRE) 46
Distance Winner
5 12-0 N Kennedy Mr R P Quinlan 33/134.00
8 1F1- EMERALD GREEN, black sash & sleeves, green cap Steps To Freedom (IRE) 25
Distance Winner
5 12-0 t G Elliott Ms N Carberry 7/24.50
9 210- WHITE, red epaulettes, striped sleeves, white cap, red spots Tusa Eire (IRE) 49
Distance Winner
5 12-0 W P Mullins Mr M J O'Connor 50/151.00
10 11/63- White & red hoops, red sleeves, white spots, white cap Big Time Billy (IRE) 26
Distance Winner
5 11-9 P Bowen Mr J J Codd 25/126.00
11 5212- YELLOW & BLACK CHEVRONS, yellow sleeves, white & black striped cap Ceol Rua (IRE) 26
Course Winner
6 11-9 W P Mullins Ms K Walsh 20/121.00
12 75/11- WHITE, royal blue sash, black sleeves, royal blue cap Dazzling Susie (IRE) 84
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-9 J P O'callaghan Mr K E Power 25/126.00
13 2/68212- Light green, black cross sashes, black sleeves & cap Shadow Eile (IRE) 31
Distance Winner
6 11-9 Mrs D A Love Mr C M Murphy 33/134.00
14 21- Orange, black star , black & orange hooped sleeves, orange cap, black star Jenari (IRE) 17
Distance Winner
4 11-6 Mrs J Harrington Mr M Fahey 11/112.00
15 111- EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Waaheb (USA) 31
Distance Winner
4 11-6 D K Weld R P McNamara 15/82.88

Verdict

WAAHEB has been saved for this by Dermot Weld who took the race with another four-year-old in Hidden Universe last year. An impressive winner of all three starts to date on soft ground, he has the Flat speed to be suited by today's quicker going and should remain unbeaten. Lovethehigherlaw was a disappointing favourite at Limerick in March but that didn't look his true running and he should do better though a bigger threat may emerge in the shape of Steps To Freedom, who beat the well-regarded Montbazon in the Grade 2 Champion Bumper at Aintree. Both Letter Of Credit and Shadow Eile have run very well behind the talented Samain while Nigel Twiston-Davies has always had a high opinion of Go All The Way, who was having only his second start when an excellent fourth in the Festival Bumper at Cheltenham.