• 14:00 John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase 2m 4f

  • Winner €52,000 2nd €15,200 3rd €7,200 4th €2,400
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 24.60s
  • Off time: 14:01:52
14:00 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Flemenstar (IRE) Evs


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
2 11111-1 WHITE & RED DIAMONDS, white sleeves, white cap, maroon diamonds Flemenstar (IRE) 28
Distance Winner
7 11-10 P Casey A E Lynch 168 Evs2.00
3 312154- LIGHT BLUE & MAROON HOOPS, blue sleeves, striped cap Rubi Light (FR) 225
Course WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-10 R Hennessy B J Geraghty 161 6/17.00
4 1/11111- MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Sir Des Champs (FR) 229
Course WinnerDistance Winner
6 11-10 W P Mullins D N Russell 162 5/42.25
Non runners
11F13-F1Bog Warrior (IRE)811-10A J MartinR M Power150


A fabulous if select renewal, featuring two of Ireland's leading Gold Cup hopes. Rubi Light will go off outsider of four against three exciting second-season chasers but will set a strong gallop and ensure jumping fluency is properly put to the test. Sir Des Champs is unbeaten in five chases and in seven starts for Willie Mullins and rates a tremendous prospect over fences. He was most impressive when landing the Jewson at the Cheltenham Festival and currently heads the Gold Cup market. He may well be straight enough to go in first time up this term but FLEMENSTAR, winner of his last six starts over fences, is just preferred as he has the benefit of a run in the current campaign, is a proven Grade 1 performer and rates a fine jumper. Whatever the outcome, both are exceptional prospects who must be kept on the right side this term. Bog Warrior is the only horse to defeat Flemenstar over fences and confirmed his wellbeing with an effortless hurdling success this month. He has not progressed as well as the Casey charge over fences since but it would be folly to exclude him from calculations.