Punchestown

  • 15:45 Three Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase 3m 1f

  • Winner €29,249 2nd €8,550 3rd €4,050 4th €1,351
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 7m 0.70s
  • Off time: 15:45:30
15:45 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Carrig Millie (IRE) 18/1
2nd Wicklow Lad 10/1
3rd Wyck Hill (IRE) 11/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1/B1F-1F Beige & black halved, black chevrons on sleeves, beige cap On His Own (IRE) 21
Distance Winner
9 11-10 W P Mullins R Walsh 143 3/14.00
2 1F2-110 Emerald green & yellow hoops, white cap Wyck Hill (IRE) 63
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
9 11-8 D G Bridgwater M P Walsh 141 11/26.50
3 522027 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Magnanimity (IRE) 26
Course Winner
9 11-6 b D T Hughes D N Russell 139 17/29.50
4 313P01 ROYAL BLUE & WHITE CHEVRONS, royal blue cap, white star Liberty Counsel (IRE) 26
Distance Winner
10 11-5 Mrs D A Love P D Kennedy (5) 138 16/117.00
5 P-4PP0P LIGHT TAN, red hoop, black sleeves, red hoop, red cap Cross Appeal (IRE) 26
Course Winner
7 10-11 pt N Meade P Carberry 130 16/117.00
6 6PF744 Maroon, white star & armlet, white cap Crash (IRE) 7
Course Winner
8 10-7 b M Hourigan A P Heskin 126 16/117.00
7 5P621/0 ORANGE & EMERALD GREEN CHEVRONS, orange sleeves, striped cap Fisher Bridge (IRE) 13
Course Winner
10 10-7 t N Meade N P Madden 126 25/126.00
8 14-434F Red & royal blue check, royal blue cap My Murphy (IRE) 40
7 10-5 W J Burke B J Cooper 124 7/24.50
9 6-33415 YELLOW, emerald green chevron, quartered cap Carrig Millie (IRE) 41
8 9-11 M Cullen Ms K Walsh 116 18/119.00
10 0P7310 PURPLE, yellow sleeves, check cap Wicklow Lad 8
9 9-11 b F Flood M A Enright (3) 116 10/111.00
11 373P0P PURPLE, mauve disc, striped sleeves, black & orange hooped cap Miss Pepperpot (IRE) 25
9 9-10 F Flood P T Enright 113 25/126.00
12 796551 Emerald green & orange hooped, orange and  emerald green quartered cap Sword Fish (IRE) 25
Distance Winner
7 9-10 bt C Roche A P Crowe 111 8/19.00
13 545956 YELLOW, dark blue disc, check sleeves & cap Bangonform (IRE) 7
9 9-10 D E Fitzgerald D E Mullins 110 25/126.00
14 01P503 YELLOW, black chevron & chevrons on sleeves, yellow cap, black spots Weslife (IRE) 20
8 9-10 I Madden D J Casey 104 50/151.00

Verdict

Liberty Counsel produced the performance of his career to land the Irish National and though hit with a 10lb rise Paddy Kennedy's claim is a bonus and he should again take care of Magnanimity and Cross Appeal. ON HIS OWN had been trained specifically for the Grand National where he was very well supported and though up with the pace for much of the way he was fading when falling at Valentines the second time around. He can run from a 5lb lower mark here and is taken to gain compensation. Wyck Hill looked a very progressive chaser when landing a Listed event at Ascot in December but struggled on much quicker ground in a Grade 3 at Kempton subsequently, though that didn't look his form. Sword Fish gained his first success over fences at Fairyhouse earlier this month but a 9lb rise won't aid his cause.