• 16:20 Evening Herald Champion Novice Hurdle 2m

  • Winner:
  • Going: Good (Cross Country: Good to Firm, Good in places)
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 52.60s
  • Off time: 16:21:23
16:20 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Blackstairmountain (IRE) 5/1
2nd Flat Out (FR) 6/1
3rd Sweeps Hill (NZ) 8/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 155406 PURPLE, large yellow spots, purple cap Baron De'l (IRE) 9
Distance Winner
7 11-12 b E P Harty Andrew J McNamara 120 40/141.00
2 20-1102 PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Blackstairmountain (IRE) 16
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-12 W P Mullins P Townend 141 5/16.00
3 321115 PURPLE & WHITE HOOPS, white cap Flat Out (FR) 35
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-12 W P Mullins E Mullins 140 6/17.00
4 11-12U1 WHITE, RED seams, RED and WHITE quartered cap General Miller 11
Distance Winner
5 11-12 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 148 2/13.00
5 221P MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Grey Soldier (IRE) 52
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
5 11-12 t1 G Elliott D N Russell 124 7/18.00
6 111214 EMERALD GREEN, yellow chevron & sleeves, red cap Loosen My Load (IRE) 16
Distance Winner
6 11-12 H de Bromhead A E Lynch 137 7/18.00
7 338-312 Dark Blue, Beige stripe Rollwiththepunches 28
Distance Winner
5 11-12 t P J McBride Paul Moloney 130 16/117.00
8 14741 ORANGE, black star, diabolo on sleeves, white & black hooped cap Some Slam (IRE) 41
Distance Winner
5 11-12 T Mullins N P Madden 123 12/113.00
9 1-11147 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Sweeps Hill (NZ) 114
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-12 J E Kiely A P McCoy 133 8/19.00
10 0345-1 ROYAL BLUE & YELLOW HOOPS, yellow sleeves, royal blue stars, royal blue cap, yellow star Tilabay (IRE) 184
Distance Winner
5 11-12 S Buggy Paul Carberry 130 25/126.00


The defection of Dunguib appears to hand this to GENERAL MILLER though it's only 11 days since he had a hard race at Aintree. Nicky Henderson's charge had fallen at the first in the Supreme Novices' at Cheltenham won by Menorah but showed how unfortunate he was when just beating that rival in a Grade 2 at the Liverpool venue and has already been touted as a potential champion hurdler. Blackstairsmountain travelled well for a long way in the Supreme before the ultra-stiff track found him wanting for stamina. He couldn't quite cope with Luska Lad on very testing going at Fairyhouse subsequently but this track and ground will be just what's required. Loosen My Load finished around 14 lengths behind at Fairyhouse but was having his first start since November and is expected to get closer. Flat Out, a stablemate of Blackstairmountain, came out on top of the pair at Cheltenham when staying on well to be fifth though the track probably suited him better. Sweeps Hill was awarded the Champion Bumper here a year ago when Dunguib was disqualified and looked a fine prospect over timber when beating Some Present here in October. He's twice failed at the highest level subsequently but has had a nice break and it would be no surprise to see him bounce back.