Punchestown

  • 14:15 Buy Your 2014 Annual Badge Maiden Hurdle2m

  • Winner €6,900 2nd €1,600 3rd €700 4th €400
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 54.10s
  • Off time: 14:15:43
14:15 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Somethingwonderful (IRE) 15/8
2nd Park Ranger (IRE) 12/1
3rd Mollies Gent (IRE) 33/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 52/ RED, yellow sash & sleeves, white cap Alfred James 897
Beaten Favourite
7 11-12 C A McBratney B R Dalton (3) 14/115.00
2 8- White, emerald green stars, mauve sleeves, white stars, white cap, mauve star Catchin Time (IRE) 289
5 11-12 P J Rothwell B T O'Connell 33/134.00
3 277 YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Court Frontier (IRE) 5
5 11-12 C O'Dwyer D E Mullins 16/117.00
4 UP- EMERALD GREEN, yellow sash, halved sleeves, emerald green cap, yellow diamonds Highanna Leader (IRE) 179
5 11-12 P Delaney B M Cash 66/167.00
5 P-097 ROYAL BLUE, royal blue & white check sleeves, royal blue cap Mollies Gent (IRE) 13
5 11-12 W J Fitzpatrick R Loughran 33/134.00
6 F50-4 Red, white hoop, emerald green sleeves & cap One Goal (IRE) 19
5 11-12 J Leavy A P Crowe 12/113.00
7 48009-3 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Park Ranger (IRE) 30
7 11-12 C Roche J S McGarvey (5) 106 12/113.00
8 107/ PINK, black epaulettes, halved sleeves, striped cap Regal Athlete (IRE) 851
Distance Winner
9 11-12 L Whitmore K C Sexton (7) 25/126.00
9 2 Emerald green & white stripes, white armlet, orange cap Salam Alaykum (IRE) 19
5 11-12 J Egan B J Geraghty 11/82.38
10 34- Red, large white spots, white sleeves, red spots, white cap Shemshal (FR) 215
5 11-12 A J Martin R Walsh 6/17.00
11 135- MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Somethingwonderful (IRE) 175
Distance Winner
5 11-12 D T Hughes D N Russell 15/82.88
12 F0 ROYAL BLUE, orange disc & sleeves, red & white striped cap The Yellow Bin (IRE) 9
5 11-12 K A Heffernan M Darcy 66/167.00
13 FP44-6 BLACK, pink spots, black cap, pink spots Velis Nolis (IRE) 165
5 11-12 Mrs Pauline Gavin Andrew J McNamara 66/167.00
14 Royal blue, red epaulettes, red armlet, red cap, royal blue star Cielador (IRE)
5 11-5 Charles P Keegan P D Kennedy (5) 66/167.00

Verdict

Park Ranger has won three times on the Flat but is still a maiden after 15 starts over timber. Alfred James and Regal Athlete have very long absences to overcome but Shemshal showed plenty of potential in bumpers earlier this year and should make a hurdler. Somethingwonderful made a winning bumper debut at Galway a year ago but didn't make the expected progress, though he should do better on this quicker ground. SALAM ALAYKUM is rated 91 on the Flat after three victories and made a bright start over hurdles when staying on well behind Fantasy King at Navan last month. Conditions will suit him and he can go one better.