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  • 13:55 John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase 2m 4f

  • (Grade 1) €85,000 added 5yo+ 8 ran
  • Winner €55,250 2nd €16,150 3rd €7,650 4th €2,550
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 12.50s
  • Off time: 13:56:04

Full result

13:55 Fairyhouse Result 15th December 2010
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Tranquil Sea (IRE) 11-10 Andrew J McNamara E J O'Grady 8 5/2
Tracked leader in 2nd, led before 2 out, ridden to assert approaching last, held on under pressure run-in opened 2/1 touched 5/2
2nd ¾ J'y Vole (FR) 11-5 D J Condon W P Mullins 7 4/1
Held up in rear, 6th 3 out, went 4th 2 out, landed in 2nd after last, kept on well run-in without reaching winner opened 9/2 touched 9/2
3rd ¾ Roberto Goldback (IRE) 11-10 R M Power Mrs J Harrington 8 13/2
Chased leaders in 3rd, driven along approaching 2 out, no impression on winner before last, kept on under pressure run-in opened 7/1 touched 7/1
4th Glencove Marina (IRE) 11-10 Paul Carberry E Griffin 8 8/1
Chased leaders, 5th halfway, 4th 3 out, ridden and no impression in 5th after next, kept on same pace run-in to regain 4th opened 8/1 touched 9/1
5th ½ Cooldine (IRE) 11-10 P Townend W P Mullins 8 9/4f
Led, ridden and pressed after 3 out, headed before next, no impression in 4th at last, kept on one pace opened 5/2 touched 5/2
6th 4 Trafford Lad 11-10 A E Lynch Laurence Butler 8 33/1
Held up in rear, pulled way into 4th before halfway, 5th 3 out, no impression under pressure in straight opened 25/1 touched 33/1
7th 9 Coolcashin (IRE) 11-10 T J Doyle M J Bowe 9 28/1
Chased leaders on inner, 6th halfway, in touch 4 out, no extra under pressure from 2 out opened 33/1 touched 50/1
PU Mossbank (IRE) 11-10 D N Russell M Hourigan 10 14/1
Chased leaders in 4th, dropped to rear before halfway, trailing after 4 out, pulled up before 2 out opened 20/1 touched 20/1
NR Vic Venturi (IRE) 11-10 P W Flood D T Hughes 10

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £3.10 Tote Place: £1.60,1.40,2.00
Straight Forecast: £13.79 Exacta: £9.90

Placepot: €86.00, Pool: €0.0


TRANQUIL SEA made it two out of two for the season with a relatively cosy success - despite the diminishing margin - to gain his first success in Grade One company over fences and the tenth victory of his career. He has now won six of his thirteen starts over fences and the eight year-old may prove capable of making a little further progress although, in truth, this did appear to be a good opportunity for him. Cooldine cut out the early running with Tranquil Sea travelling well within himself around half a dozen lengths back in company with Roberto Goldback. The field gradually ate away at the leader's advantage and Tranquil Sea jumped into the lead at the second last and produced another bold leap at the final fence to put the race to bed; it's possible that he just got a little tired close home as J'Y Vole closed him down all the way to the line. He travelled and jumped well en route to recording a convincing success but it was probably no more than he was entitled to do. J'Y Vole made stealthy progress having been held up in rear and her challenge was delayed until after she had jumped the second last but she ran on strongly up the hill to get to within three parts of a length; she is rated 1lb inferior to the winner and looks to have run right up to her best. The winner reversed Ryanair form with the runner-up (third in March) and may well head straight to Cheltenham as connections felt that he had raced too close to the Festival when disappointing last season. Roberto Goldback ran on well to finish third having been readily outpaced by the winner from the same stage; he is a solid yardstick who needs to improve to win at this level. Cooldine had endured a disappointing last campaign and was trying this trip for the first time since the Spring of 2009. This was very much a step in the right direction as he travelled and jumped well before being tapped for toe from the home turn; he still has plenty to prove and the acid test will come when he is stepped back up to three miles with this run under his belt but this was encouraging. This was also an encouraging performance from former stablemate Glencove Marina who jumped well in the main bar one early, minor error. He has not been easy to train having had just 14 starts since his debut in 2006 but retains all of his ability and should win more races although he will need to improve to do so at this level.