Punchestown

  • 15:50 Free Festival Ticket Upgrade Now On Hurdle2m 4f

  • Winner €8,970 2nd €2,080 3rd €910 4th €520
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 20.80s
  • Off time: 15:52:22
15:50 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Si C'etait Vrai (FR) 13/8

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 22336-6 Maroon, yellow diamond & sleeves, quartered cap Fully Funded (USA) 12
Distance Winner
8 11-10 b N Meade P Carberry 140 7/18.00
2 1221P-F EMERALD GREEN, pink diamond & sleeves, white cap Pickapocketortwo (IRE) 251
Beaten Favourite
9 11-10 t W P Mullins Mr P W Mullins 139 4/15.00
4 2-23711 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Shrapnel (IRE) 52
7 11-10 t G Elliott D N Russell 132 5/42.25
5 37/5-250 Maroon, white star and armlet, white cap Si C'etait Vrai (FR) 14
7 11-6 D T Hughes B J Cooper 133 13/82.62
Non runners
31/330P-2Sergent Guib's (FR)711-10W P MullinsP Townend139

Verdict

SHRAPNEL hasn't always been the most straightforward but has improved since being sent to Gordon Elliott and there was plenty to like about his victory over Turban at Fairyhouse in November. He's been given a break and can complete a hat-trick though the latter's trainer, Willie Mullins, saddles both Sergeant Guib's and Pickapocketortwo. The former looks the best of the duo though he's been a little bit disappointing since arriving from France. Si C'Etait Vrai has been tackling much higher grade since making a winning debut over hurdles in 2010 and is no forlorn hope.