Punchestown

  • 17:30 Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle 3m

  • Winner €105,400 2nd €32,300 3rd €15,300 4th €5,100
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 30.20s
  • Off time: 17:40:37
17:30 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Quevega (FR) 6/4
2nd Reve De Sivola (FR) 9/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 12118/3 RED & WHITE HOOPS, red sleeves, black cap Fiveforthree (IRE) 43
Course WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
11 11-10 W P Mullins D J Casey 149 20/121.00
2 222212 White, Mauve stars Holywell (IRE) 19
Distance Winner
6 11-10 b Jonjo O'Neill R P McLernon 158 14/115.00
3 53-2114 White, Red triple diamond, Royal Blue sleeves, White stars, White cap, Red diamonds Reve De Sivola (FR) 42
Course WinnerDistance Winner
8 11-10 Nick Williams D A Jacob 160 9/25.50
5 343576 Orange, dark blue braces, halved sleeves, dark blue spots on cap Whatuthink (IRE) 11
11 11-10 vt O McKiernan A E Lynch 150 66/167.00
6 1222P2 PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Zaidpour (FR) 24
Beaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-10 W P Mullins P Townend 155 16/117.00
7 11/111-1 RED, royal blue sleeves, red cap, royal blue star Quevega (FR) 44
Course WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-3 W P Mullins R Walsh 164 6/42.50
Non runners
422/2111Solwhit (FR)911-10C ByrnesD N Russell167

Verdict

Solwhit is beginning to look a genuine class act over 3m and followed up his victory in the World Hurdle at Cheltenham by beating Holywell in the Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree. Both of those were Grade 1 events and Charles Byrnes' stable star will be fancied to complete his hat-trick here, despite then presence of brilliant mare Quevega. She had to weave her way through a wall of horses to win a fifth David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham after meeting trouble in-running and has also won this for the last three seasons. She was behind Solwhit in the Champion Hurdle here in 2009, but that was over 2m and there shouldn't be much to choose the pair today. REVE DE SIVOLA was forced to make his own running in the World Hurdle and couldn't quicken approaching the last. But the softer ground here is very much in his favour and he showed himself to be a top-class stayer when winning the Long Walk Hurdle and Cleeve Hurdle earlier. He may just be the value in the race if held up this time. Zaidpour is a Grade 1 winner but has been beaten again since pulling up at Cheltenham and may have had enough for the season, though is still preferred to the Mullins' other runner Fiveforthree and fellow veteran Whatuthink.