• 16:55 Festival Earlybird Deals On punchestown.com Handicap Chase 2m 4f

  • Winner €10,005 2nd €2,320 3rd €1,015 4th €581
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 6.70s
  • Off time: 16:57:30
16:55 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st King Vuvuzela (IRE) 7/2
2nd Black Benny (IRE) 7/2
3rd Friendly Society (IRE) 9/2


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 4-85414 YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Black Benny (IRE) 48
8 11-11 t J P Broderick D E Mullins 127 7/24.50
2 682814- EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Osana (FR) 399
11 11-10 E J O'Grady M P Walsh 126 10/111.00
3 4-4302P DARK BLUE, yellow seams, red cap Schelm (GER) 26
Course Winner
11 11-7 p R O'Leary J S McGarvey (5) 123 20/121.00
4 152U7-5 LIGHT BLUE & MAROON HOOPS, blue sleeves, striped cap Mister First (FR) 12
Distance Winner
7 11-5 R Hennessy A E Lynch 121 9/110.00
5 F31584 Emerald green & red quartered, diabolo on sleeves, dark blue cap Playtime Ben (IRE) 13
Distance Winner
8 11-5 D E Fitzgerald P D Kennedy (5) 121 8/19.00
6 5214P-0 YELLOW & PURPLE DIAMONDS, yellow sleeves, yellow cap, purple diamonds Protaras (USA) 158
6 11-4 t N Meade G N Fox (7) 120 14/115.00
7 9F7722 ETON BLUE, chocolate 'V', chocolate cap Friendly Society (IRE) 2
Distance Winner
8 10-11 b M Hourigan A P Heskin 113 9/25.50
8 5-31853 MAROON, white stars, striped cap Westhaven (IRE) 4
5 10-4 t N Meade D J Condon 108 11/26.50
9 65846-7 PINK & WHITE STRIPES, red cap King Vuvuzela (IRE) 157
Course WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 10-0 P Nolan B J Cooper 102 7/24.50


The once-useful Osana is approaching the veteran stage and hasn't run since last summer but he's probably not finished yet and is one to keep an eye on over the coming weeks. Barry Geraghty and FRIENDLY SOCIETY found AP McCoy and Jansboy a short-head too good over hurdles at Limerick on Monday and it's a long time since Mick Hourigan's charge won a race but he arrives in good form and can make a winning transition to the bigger obstacles. Westhaven scored over timber on fast ground during the summer and the conditions won't be a problem though he's yet to reach a place in six starts over fences. Black Benny is a major threat as he's generally performed at a higher level though his jumping wan't particularly fluent in a novice event at Killarney last time.