• 14:55 David Trundley Artist At Punchestown Mares Maiden Hurdle2m

  • Winner €6,900 2nd €1,600 3rd €700 4th €400
  • Going: Soft to Heavy (Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 4.60s
  • Off time: 14:58:49
14:55 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Railway Zira (IRE) 5/1
2nd Dantes Firth (IRE) 3/1
3rd Whisper Rock (IRE) 16/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
1 31/252-2 Red, yellow stars, yellow sleeves, red stars, red cap, yellow star Dantes Firth (IRE) 20
Distance Winner
7 11-7 T Foley R Loughran 3/14.00
2 R1-4D03 BLACK & RED STRIPES, white cap Elsie (IRE) 42
Course Winner
7 11-7 T Mullins M P Fogarty 4/15.00
3 080 Emerald green, black epaulettes, black star on cap Googlers Garden (IRE) 10
6 11-7 Miss E Doyle B T O'Connell 66/167.00
4 99 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE DIABOLO, orange sleeves, emerald green cap, white star Gorgeousreach (IRE) 15
6 11-7 M F Morris A E Lynch 50/151.00
5 112 EMERALD GREEN, pink diamond & sleeves, white cap Pink Hat (IRE) 37
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
6 11-7 W P Mullins Mr P W Mullins 6/42.50
6 171-5 LIGHT BLUE, black disc, light blue cap, red star Railway Zira (IRE) 117
Distance Winner
6 11-7 David Kelly S W Flanagan 5/16.00
7 4/431-6 BROWN & YELLOW HOOPS, black & white quartered cap Scamaill Liath (IRE) 240
7 11-7 S M O'Donoghue D E Splaine (3) 40/141.00
8 650041- YELLOW, black stars Vic Dancer (IRE) 329
7 11-7 M McCabe B J Cooper 20/121.00
9 0-82 ROYAL BLUE & EMERALD GREEN QUARTERED, green sleeves, hooped cap Whisper Rock (IRE) 15
6 11-7 P Fenton Mr K E Power 16/117.00
10 WHITE, black & pink striped sleeves & cap Cruinneas (IRE)
5 11-5 B W Duke A P Crowe 33/134.00
11 05 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Give Me A Break (IRE) 13
5 11-5 M Hourigan A P Heskin 25/126.00
12 Pink, dark blue chevron, dark blue chevrons on sleeves, hooped cap Why Not Thistle (IRE)
5 11-5 Daniel G Murphy D N Russell 33/134.00


Dantes Firth was having her first start since February and making her hurdling debut when runner-up to The Cookie Jar at Thurles. She had earlier finished 10 lengths behind Railway Zira in a Fairyhouse bumper but the latter was disappointing when making her hurdling debut at Listowel in September. Vic Dancer could just need this as she hasn't been seen since landing a Gowran bumper in February last year. Elsie did well in bumpers before a fine effort behind Upazo in a Fairyhouse maiden in November. The winner's trainer is represented by PINK HAT, a dual bumper winner who found Theatre Bird too strong when attempting to concede 8lb at Clonmel on her hurdling debut over 2m4f. It's a surprise to see Willie Mullins dropping her back in trip but the winner went on to land a Grade 3 so the form looks strong enough for this. Whisper Rock is improving and could snatch a place at a fair price.