Punchestown

  • 15:10 Madra Irish Dog Foods Novice Chase2m 2f

  • Winner €12,075 2nd €2,799 3rd €1,225 4th €700
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 12.60s
  • Off time: 15:10:46
15:10 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Grey Gold (IRE) 6/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 21-1220 EMERALD GREEN, yellow chevron & sleeves, red cap Aupcharlie (IRE) 44
7 11-12 W P Mullins A E Lynch 148 6/42.50
3 49/14-41 Dark blue, light blue triple diamond, light blue sleeves, dark blue spots Grey Gold (IRE) 41
8 11-12 R Lee B J Cooper 137 6/17.00
4 21F133 PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Mikael D'haguenet (FR) 27
Course Winner
9 11-12 W P Mullins R Walsh 147 4/51.80
Non runners
2214P42Dylan Ross (IRE)711-12N MeadeP Carberry136
5452021Toner D'Oudairies (FR)611-12G ElliottD N Russell129
6107-679Its The Ice I Like (IRE)811-5R TynerP T Enright
740-0056Louisville Lip (IRE)611-5P J FlynnD J Casey

Verdict

MIKAEL D'HAGUENET continues to frustrate and is unlikely ever to reach the heights expected of him. However, he's generally run well on this track and didn't perform badly in the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse last time when subsequent Grade 1 winner Mount Benbulben was behind. He's handed the vote over stablemate Aupcharlie, who was fancied for the Jewson at Cheltenham but never got going after a couple of early mistakes. Dylan Ross had subsequent RSA Chase winer Lord Windermere behind at Navan in November but hasn't progressed as expected while Toner D'Oudairies has some catching up to do if he's to get competitive as he's held by a couple of these on his early chase form.