• 16:55 Ryanair Novice Chase 2m

  • Winner €62,000 2nd €19,000 3rd €9,000 4th €3,000
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 35.00s
  • Off time: 16:55:05
16:55 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Lucky William (IRE) 4/1
2nd Blackstairmountain (IRE) 8/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 261155 PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Blackstairmountain (IRE) 45
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-10 t W P Mullins R Walsh 145 8/19.00
2 121P22 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star First Lieutenant (IRE) 44
Course WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-10 M F Morris D N Russell 153 9/43.25
3 1244U1 Yellow, royal blue hollow box, yellow sleeves, light blue stars, light blue cap, yellow stars Lucky William (IRE) 18
Course WinnerDistance Winner
8 11-10 T Cooper B J Geraghty 144 4/15.00
4 411F31 Dark blue, light blue hoop, check sleeves & cap Menorah (IRE) 15
Distance Winner
7 11-10 P J Hobbs R Johnson 157 5/23.50
5 120P2P PURPLE, yellow cross of lorraine, yellow cap Regal D'estruval (FR) 18
Distance Winner
7 11-10 J H Culloty T J Doyle 126 66/167.00
6 141426 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Shot From The Hip (GER) 17
Beaten FavouriteDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-10 t1 E J O'Grady A P McCoy 136 16/117.00
7 212234 DARK BLUE, MAROON star, MAROON cap Kumbeshwar 15
Distance Winner
5 11-3 b A King R Thornton 144 6/17.00


Philip Hobbs won this last year with Captain Chris and produced a brilliant training performance to get Snap Tie to score on the first day here after a very long absence. He'll be hoping Menorah can keep up the run, especially after his best run so far over fences at Aintree where he relished the step-up to 2m4f to beat four rivals in the Grade 1 Manifesto. That was a relatively weak event for a Grade 1 however and he didn't have much to spare over Kumbeshwar over this trip at Kempton in January and the latter has been beaten three times subsequently. FIRST LIEUTENANT would look a good bet here on decent ground and hopefully can handle these conditions. He's finished runner-up to high-class opposition in Last Instalment and Bobs Worth in his two latest starts and his overall form gives him the edge. Blackstairmountain was a bit fortunate to win the Grade 1 Racing Post Novices' at Leopardstown and has struggled against better opposition subsequently though he does hold subsequent Fairyhouse winner Lucky William on that form.