• 14:45 Punchestown.com For Festival Offers Novice Hurdle2m

  • Winner €8,970 2nd €2,080 3rd €909 4th €520
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 20.80s
  • Off time: 14:47:37
14:45 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st So Young (FR) 1/6
2nd Big Game Hunter (IRE) 8/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 162337 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Big Game Hunter (IRE) 10
Distance Winner
5 11-11 p M F Morris D N Russell 124 8/19.00
2 51211-1 PURPLE, yellow chevron & cap So Young (FR) 43
5 11-11 W P Mullins P Townend 1/61.17
3 6-1 Beige & emerald green check, beige sleeves, emerald green cap The Pier (IRE) 27
Distance Winner
5 11-11 J G Murphy Andrew J McNamara 118 14/115.00
4 853984 ROYAL BLUE & YELLOW HOOPS, yellow sleeves, royal blue stars, royal blue cap, yellow star Heavy Duty (IRE) 106
6 11-6 S Buggy B M Cash 66/167.00
5 26/238P- RED, yellow hoop & armlet, red & white hooped cap Kilcrea Castle (IRE) 291
Course Winner
9 11-6 P M J Doyle M J Ferris 18/119.00
6 54-032 Yellow, Black spots Moscow Storm (IRE) 123
7 11-6 J Nash D J Casey 33/134.00


SO YOUNG, who is still in Saturday's Grade 1 Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown as well as all the top novice events at Cheltenham, is expected to make a high-class performer and should take this before heading on to better things. A three-times winner in French bumpers, he made an impressive start for Willie Mullins at Leopardstown though it must be said that the form of that event hasn't worked out too well. He'll get a stiffer test here from Big Game Hunter, who has only won once over timber but has been contesting much better events and has been placed in Grade 1 company. The Pier was very fortunate to gain his maiden success at Thurles when Lios A Choill fell at the last with the race at his mercy but that was an improved performance and he progressed nicely on the Flat. Useful chaser Kilcrea Castle returns from a long absence but should be watched for future plans.