Punchestown

  • 17:00 Tulfarris Hotel And Golf Resort Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase 3m 1f

  • Winner €29,251 2nd €8,550 3rd €4,050 4th €1,350
  • Going: Yielding, Good to Yielding in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 31.60s
  • Off time: 17:00:53
17:00 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Shakalakaboomboom (IRE) 14/1
2nd Beautiful Sound (IRE) 9/4
3rd Taking Stock (IRE) 16/1
4th Sarteano (FR) 20/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 315P6P/ ROYAL BLUE, emerald green star, white cap, emerald green star Equus Maximus (IRE) 397
Course Winner
11 11-7 W P Mullins Ms K Walsh 139 33/134.00
2 5/2F93-0 Orange, dark blue braces, halved sleeves, dark blue spots on cap Whatuthink (IRE) 12
9 11-7 t1 O McKiernan P F Mangan (5) 139 33/134.00
3 61137/7 EMERALD GREEN, pink diamond & sleeves, white cap Shakervilz (FR) 12
8 11-6 W P Mullins R Walsh 138 8/19.00
4 72U20-B ORANGE & ROYAL BLUE QUARTERED, orange sleeves, white cap Sarteano (FR) 12
8 11-2 b D T Hughes B J Cooper (3) 134 20/121.00
5 371/609- Crazy Quilt Chasing Cars (IRE) 29
Course Winner
9 11-0 Mrs J Harrington R M Power 132 14/115.00
6 311797- Dark blue & light blue stripes, black & red striped cap Shakalakaboomboom (IRE) 29
7 10-13 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 131 14/115.00
7 11/1913- MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Beautiful Sound (IRE) 51
Beaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance Winner
9 10-11 G Elliott D N Russell 129 9/43.25
8 1FF33-3 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Taking Stock (IRE) 12
Beaten FavouriteCourse Winner
7 10-11 J E Kiely D J Casey 129 16/117.00
9 0/6942-8 White & mauve diamonds, white sleeves & cap Ambobo (USA) 12
Course and Distance Winner
11 10-10 bt M Brassil A P Crowe 128 20/121.00
10 617025- BLACK, orange & black quartered cap Got Attitude (IRE) 69
Course Winner
8 10-10 Mrs J Harrington M J Bolger (3) 128 20/121.00
11 000011- Dark blue, emerald green chevron, emerald green armlet, black cap Hold The Pin (IRE) 27
12 10-10 t D Cullen R M Moran 128 25/126.00
12 P/77128- EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Wins Now 209
Course Winner
10 10-10 pt N Madden N P Madden 128 33/134.00
13 2/U22F-1 ROYAL BLUE & WHITE STRIPES, white sleeves, striped cap Killultagh Queen (IRE) 10
7 10-9 W P Mullins E Mullins 127 12/113.00
14 34654-2 BLACK & WHITE HOOPS, red cap, white star Swift Counsel (IRE) 13
10 10-9 John O'Callaghan D F O'Regan 127 20/121.00
15 52F10-1 WHITE, royal blue disc, white sleeves, emerald green spots, maroon cap Arklow Ger (IRE) 12
Distance Winner
9 10-7 P Nolan A P Cawley 125 14/115.00
16 61F21-0 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Carrigmartin (IRE) 3
Beaten Favourite
6 10-7 E P Harty Andrew J McNamara 125 16/117.00
17 25/4521- ROYAL BLUE, emerald green triple diamond,royal blue cap, emerald green diamonds C'est Ca 70
Course Winner
7 10-5 W P Mullins D E Mullins (3) 123 16/117.00
19 PP/45F1- YELLOW, purple star, hooped sleeves, white cap Bella Mana Mou (IRE) 55
9 10-4 t M Cullen T J Doyle 122 20/121.00
20 P3P770- White, red chevron, emerald green & white striped sleeves, red cap No Panic (IRE) 21
Distance Winner
8 10-4 p P Bowen Aidan Coleman 122 20/121.00
21 31/302-2 EMERALD GREEN & RED STRIPED, red sleeves, quartered cap Askmeroe (IRE) 12
Beaten Favourite
8 10-2 A J Martin P Carberry 120 14/115.00
22 145013- WHITE & ROYAL BLUE CHEVRONS, royal blue spots on cap By The Hour (IRE) 69
8 10-2 R Tyner P T Enright 120 20/121.00
23 F14129- WHITE & RED DIAMONDS, red chevrons on sleeves, red star on cap Curragh Grey (IRE) 20
8 10-2 C Byrnes C O'Farrell (5) 120 12/113.00
24 87F/931- BEIGE, brown chevron & cap Kyle's Turn (IRE) 55
9 10-1 Mrs John B Ross E J O'connell (5) 119 33/134.00
25 3/00020- YELLOW, emerald green chevron, quartered cap Would You Do That (IRE) 35
9 9-12 M Cullen M N Doran (7)(ex2) 116 33/134.00
Non runners
183P05-0PHangover (IRE)910-5C O'DwyerT J Doyle123
26405805-Smoking Aces (IRE)79-11T J TaaffeReserve 1115
27P5171-PThe Hard Hat (IRE)79-10C A MurphyReserve 2114
28631233-Doc O'donnell (IRE)99-10T O'CallaghanReserve 3112

Verdict

Arklow Ger had over four lengths in hand of Askmeroe over this trip at Fairyhouse last time but isn't certain to confirm the form on 5lb worse terms. Willie Mullins has won this three times in the past six years and the lightly-raced and progressive KILLULTAGH QUEEN is taken to add to his tally on her handicap debut. Stepped up to 2m6f for the first time at Ballinrobe, she made short work of her rivals and looks one to follow from this mark. Nicky Henderson's Shakalakaboomboom has performed with credit at Cheltenham and Aintree and the handicapper has dropped him 3lb but the main threat could come from Beautiful Sound, who was a strong fancy for the Byrne Group Handicap at Cheltenham and ran a fair race behind Holmwood Legend. The veteran Hold The Pin is in great form and is another to consider in one of the meeting's toughest events.