Punchestown

  • 15:05 Weatherbys Ireland GSB Handicap Chase2m 6f

  • Winner €15,275 2nd €4,465 3rd €2,116 4th €705
  • Going: Good to Yielding
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 47.40s
  • Off time: 15:07:53
15:05 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Daring Article (IRE) 5/2
2nd Canaly (IRE) 12/1
3rd Zardsky (IRE) 16/1
4th Sole Witness (IRE) 14/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 14F22/0- DARK BLUE, emerald green seams, white cap Out Now (IRE) 494
Beaten Favourite
9 11-8 E J O'Grady S J Hassett (3) 136 16/117.00
2 FP-556F WHITE, emerald green chevron, yellow sleeves & cap Canaly (IRE) 10
Course Winner
8 11-2 b1 D T Hughes B J Cooper 130 12/113.00
3 17P62P- ROYAL BLUE, white cross of lorraine, white armlet, red cap, royal blue star Orpheus Valley (IRE) 228
Distance Winner
10 10-13 T Gibney R P Treacy (7) 127 16/117.00
4 406-697 EMERALD GREEN, red sash, white sleeves & cap Sole Witness (IRE) 14
9 10-12 C A McBratney S W Flanagan 126 14/115.00
5 0P-4248 ORANGE & EMERALD GREEN CHEVRONS, orange sleeves, striped cap Fisher Bridge (IRE) 35
Course WinnerDistance Winner
10 10-10 bt N Meade B J Geraghty 124 8/19.00
6 5215-84 RED, black star, red cap, black stars Forty Foot Tom 21
8 10-10 h D Miley M P Walsh 124 10/111.00
7 F5P0-06 BLACK & EMERALD GREEN QUARTERED, light blue & yellow hooped slvs, white cap Armaramak (IRE) 31
9 10-7 t S J Mahon M Darcy 121 33/134.00
8 492-940 ROYAL BLUE & WHITE STRIPES, royal blue sleeves, red cap, royal blue star Character Actor (IRE) 43
9 10-6 A Kennedy S G McDermott 120 33/134.00
9 7-54448 LIGHT BLUE & MAROON HOOPS, blue sleeves, striped cap Mister First (FR) 8
7 10-6 R Hennessy A E Lynch 120 12/113.00
10 U44-306 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Fever Pitch (IRE) 41
Distance Winner
7 10-4 t A L T Moore D J Casey 118 11/26.50
11 49595-1 Royal blue, yellow star, hooped sleeves, yellow cap Daring Article (IRE) 211
Course Winner
7 10-3 t R Tyner R Walsh 117 5/23.50
12 5PP049- EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap In Great Form (IRE) 226
8 10-2 F Flood C O'Farrell 116 12/113.00
13 3-25375 Dark blue, white cross sashes, white sleeves, emerald green cap Mackeys Forge (IRE) 22
9 10-2 D T Hughes I J McCarthy (3) 116 20/121.00
14 3B0532 EMERALD GREEN, orange disc, white sleeves, orange cap For A Finish 15
10 10-1 b E Doyle K C Sexton (5) 115 9/110.00
15 35/4P0-0 Royal blue & white stripes, white sleeves, light blue cap The Hard Hat (IRE) 18
Course and Distance Winner
9 10-0 bt David Kelly Mr E D Linehan (5) 114 14/115.00
16 P37-3PP YELLOW, royal blue sleeves, pink cap, light green spots Zardsky (IRE) 35
Distance Winner
7 10-0 T J Nagle-Jr M J Bolger 114 16/117.00

Verdict

Daring Article had shown nothing over fences on ground too testing but looked a different proposition at Punchestown where he jumped well and stayed on strongly. He's up 8lb but a follow-up can't be ruled out. For A Finish last won a year ago and has been struggling at the weights this year but he's done better recently and is almost back on his winning mark with his rider's claim taken into consideration. Canaly has won twice over fences but generally makes too many mistakes which he won't be able to afford here. Forty Foot Tom easily landed a beginners event in April though the assessor appears to have overreacted but FISHER BRIDGE looks capable of taking this at his best. Noel Meade's charge, a winner on the Flat at Down Royal in September, generally races in better company and will find this less demanding than the Cork Grand National where he ran last time.