• 16:20 Herald Champion Novice Hurdle 2m

  • Winner €55,800 2nd €17,100 3rd €8,100 4th €2,700
  • Going: Good to Yielding
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 57.60s
  • Off time: 16:21:57
16:20 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Faugheen (IRE) 1/2
2nd Valseur Lido (FR) 9/1
3rd Sgt Reckless 8/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1-11111 PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Faugheen (IRE) 48
Course WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-12 W P Mullins R Walsh 155 1/21.50
2 0-314U7 ROYAL BLUE, white cap, red spots Quickpick Vic (IRE) 23
Distance Winner
7 11-12 h A J Martin A E Lynch 136 66/167.00
3 2-12312 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Real Steel (IRE) 23
Distance Winner
6 11-12 h P Fenton B T O'Connell 142 16/117.00
4 313142 Dark Green, Maroon stars, Maroon cap Sgt Reckless 25
Distance Winner
7 11-12 M R Channon A P McCoy 146 8/19.00
5 41-1150 Light blue & pink chevrons, light blue sleeves, light blue cap, pink star The Liquidator 49
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-12 D Pipe T Scudamore 141 12/113.00
6 61-1101 Maroon, white star and armlet, white cap Valseur Lido (FR) 23
Distance Winner
5 11-12 W P Mullins P Townend 142 9/110.00
7 4-21127 White, emerald green sash, emerald green cap Western Boy (IRE) 49
Distance Winner
5 11-12 P A Fahy D N Russell 143 7/18.00
8 111166 Purple, orange seams, orange star on cap Wicklow Brave 23
Beaten FavouriteDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-12 W P Mullins D J Casey 145 16/117.00


FAUGHEEN was one of the most impressive winners at Cheltenham though his victory was achieved over 2m5f and he's never run at this trip over hurdles. While that wasn't the strongest of races at the Festival he could hardly have done it any better and will take all the beating. Sgt Reckless couldn't match the pace of Vautour at Cheltenham nor Josses Hill at Aintree but this is his trip and looks certain to get competitive. The selection's stablemate Valseur Lido was behind Sgt Reckless at Cheltenham but did better at Fairyhouse where he comfortably saw off the challenge of Real Steel with the very disappointing Wicklow Brave well beaten. Western Boy and The Liquidator are both held on Cheltenham form.