• 14:20 Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle 2m

  • Winner €24,375 2nd €7,125 3rd €3,375 4th €1,125
  • Going: Soft to Heavy (Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 56.40s
  • Off time: 14:23:02
14:20 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Vautour (FR) 1/4
2nd Western Boy (IRE) 7/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 63-2251 Emerald green, red inverted triangle, halved sleeves, black cap Captainofthefleet (IRE) 14
Distance Winner
7 11-2 E O'Connell K M Donoghue 119 33/134.00
2 351 BLACK, red epaulettes, yellow sleeves, yellow cap, red star Chicago (IRE) 13
Distance Winner
5 11-0 J P Shanahan P F Mangan 127 11/112.00
3 F23 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Easter Hunt (IRE) 13
Beaten Favourite
5 11-0 t M F Morris B J Cooper 25/126.00
4 1126 Purple, black star & sleeves, white cap Mr Fiftyone (IRE) 41
Distance Winner
5 11-0 Mrs J Harrington R M Power 132 8/19.00
5 22-1 PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Vautour (FR) 35
Distance Winner
5 11-0 W P Mullins P Townend 1/41.25
6 24-211 White, emerald green sash, emerald green cap Western Boy (IRE) 16
Distance Winner
5 11-0 P A Fahy D N Russell 7/18.00


Willie Mullins had three of the original eight entries and relies on VAUTOUR, who will be a short-priced favourite. By the same sire as Sir Des Champs and out of a mare who won 20 races in France, he made a very pleasing start for new connections at Navan and is already at the head of the market for the Supreme Novices. Western Boy takes a huge leap in class having landed a bumper and a maiden hurdle though he's very progressive. Mr Fiftyone had a similar profile before stepping up in class and running well behind Diakali in a Naas Grade 3 but couldn't quite handle Grade 1 company when 13 lengths behind The Tullow Tank in the Royal Bond at Fairyhouse. Chicago ploughed through the Limerick mud when making all for an impressive victory in a Limerick maiden while Captainofthefleet also looked at home in very testing conditions on the same track but Easter Hunt has done nothing to suggest he can live with these.