• 18:40 Ryanair Novice Chase 2m

  • Winner €61,999 2nd €19,000 3rd €9,000 4th €3,000
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 31.80s
  • Off time: 18:50:36
18:40 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Arvika Ligeonniere (FR) 7/2
2nd Oscars Well (IRE) 6/1
3rd Special Tiara 10/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 S31213 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Alderwood (IRE) 19
Beaten FavouriteDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-10 T Mullins M P Walsh 149 5/16.00
2 1/111FP PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Arvika Ligeonniere (FR) 44
Course WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-10 W P Mullins R Walsh 153 7/24.50
3 11232P Emerald green,orange star,emGreen sleeves,orange stars,green cap,orange stars Baily Green (IRE) 19
Course WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-10 t M F Morris D J Casey 158 9/110.00
4 212411 EMERALD GREEN & RED STRIPED, red sleeves, quartered cap Benefficient (IRE) 42
7 11-10 h A J Martin B J Cooper 154 4/15.00
5 11-1516 EMERALD GREEN, yellow chevron & sleeves, red cap Buckers Bridge (IRE) 25
Course WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-10 H de Bromhead A E Lynch 141 14/115.00
6 1F1225 Pink, black sash, pink cap Oscars Well (IRE) 25
Course WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-10 t Mrs J Harrington B J Geraghty 146 6/17.00
7 2-33U11 DARK BLUE, yellow diamond & sleeves, yellow cap, red diamond Realt Mor (IRE) 25
8 11-10 G Elliott D J Condon 150 5/16.00
8 211251 Royal blue, white stars, red & white striped sleeves, white cap, royal blue stars Special Tiara 19
Distance Winner
6 11-10 H de Bromhead P T Enright 152 10/111.00
10 145272 Brown, royal blue cross of lorraine, royal blue armlet, royal blue cap Dazzling Susie (IRE) 18
Beaten FavouriteDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-3 John F Phelan D E Mullins 134 50/151.00
Non runners
9133127Texas Jack (IRE)711-10N MeadePaul Carberry149


Benefficient is clearly very tough and defied big odds to upset subsequently impressive Aintree winner Dynaste in the Jewson at Cheltenham having taken advantage of Arvika Ligeonniere's fall to beat Oscars Well in the Arkle at Leopardstown in January. Tony Martin's gelding had earlier finished well beaten behind Arvika Ligeonniere, Oscars Well and Baily Green in the Racing Post Chase at Leopardstown, however, though Willie Mullins' charge appears to have lost his confidence and the latter took little interest behind SPECIAL TIARA at Aintree having finished second to Simonsig at Cheltenham. We'll take Henry De Bromhead's six-year-old to continue the improvement he showed at Aintree by following up here. He was reversing running here in the autumn with Baily Green and, after just four starts over fences, should have plenty more to offer. Alderwood looks held on the form book but Realt Mor won a Grade 1 at Fairyhouse, when ahead of Oscars Well and Buckers Bridge, and can't be taken lightly.