Punchestown

  • 15:20 www.punchestown.com Maiden Hurdle2m 4f

  • Winner €6,900 2nd €1,600 3rd €700 4th €400
  • Going: Yielding
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 12.70s
  • Off time: 15:22:05
15:20 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Oscar's Passion (IRE) 16/1
2nd Moreece (IRE) 100/1
3rd The Doorman (IRE) 11/8

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 ROYAL BLUE, maroon braces, striped slvs, blue cap with orange star Career High (IRE)
4 11-7 Mrs C Harrison S G McDermott 100/1101.00
2 34-7 Pink, Emerald Green chevron, halved sleeves, quartered cap Guns And Malt (IRE) 27
4 11-7 T J Taaffe D J Casey 12/113.00
3 0 RED, white star, black sleeves, white stars, red cap, white stars I Need A Miracle (IRE) 20
4 11-7 Miss M A Doran R M Moran 100/1101.00
4 13 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Is Love Alive 19
4 11-7 P Nolan M P Fogarty 6/17.00
5 8- Red, dark green cross sashes, dark green cap, red star Moreece (IRE) 102
4 11-7 T Doyle M P Burke (7) 100/1101.00
6 Emerald green & orange hooped, orange and  emerald green quartered cap Pay No Heed (IRE)
4 11-7 T M Walsh N P Madden 33/134.00
7 ROYAL BLUE & RED QUARTERED, halved sleeves, red cap Pipe Down (IRE)
4 11-7 N Madden B R Dalton (3) 33/134.00
8 F- Dark blue, light blue hoop, check sleeves & cap Royal Captain (IRE) 210
4 11-7 G Elliott A E Lynch 33/134.00
9 521151- Beige & black halved, black chevrons on sleeves, beige cap Sure Reef (IRE) 385
4 11-7 W P Mullins R Walsh 5/42.25
10 2-2 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap The Doorman (IRE) 19
4 11-7 M F Morris M P Walsh 11/82.38
11 065 White, royal blue cross sashes, quartered cap The Next Big Thing (IRE) 47
4 11-7 P J Colville R Loughran 40/141.00
12 7-8466 Red, royal blue stars Hilden 6
4 11-0 G Elliott R P McNally 90 33/134.00
13 6-8762 LIGHT BLUE & DARK BLUE HALVED, sleeves reversed, hooped cap Oscar's Passion (IRE) 21
4 11-0 t David Kelly M A Enright 16/117.00

Verdict

Mick Halford trained SURE REEF to land three of his last four races on the Flat, all handicaps, and now with the champion trainer he can make a winning debut over timber. The Doorman, narrowly beaten in a point-to-point in March, ran very well over the minimum trip on his hurdling debut at Naas and will find this much more to his liking. Is Love Alive was a couple of lengths behind in that latter event and there should be little between the pair again while Gordon Elliott's Royal Captain is one to keep an eye on in the betting.