14:10 Punchestown (IRE)

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  • 13 Runners
  • Distance: 2m
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
  • €10,000 added
  • Winner: €6,900
  • 2nd: €1,600
  • 3rd: €700
  • 4th: €400
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 3m 55.80s
  • Off Time: 14:14:14
  • 13 Ran
  • Form: 66-1361
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-11
  • Official Rating: 107
  • Trainer: R A Cotter
  • Jockey: Adrian Heskin

tracked leaders, 4th at 3rd, close up when not fluent 3 out, moderate 3rd next, moderate 4th before straight, soon no impression


Celtic Abbey

20 BFD
  • Form: 78-4932
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-10
  • Official Rating: 106
  • Trainer: P A Fahy
  • Jockey: Ruby Walsh

close up, a little keen, 2nd at 3rd, on terms 2 out, headed before last, no extra run-in, one pace

  • Form: 23-4227
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-10
  • Official Rating: 106
  • Trainer: H De Bromhead
  • Jockey: J J Burke

tracked leaders, 5th at 3rd, under pressure 6th, dropped to moderate 8th 2 out and no impression

  • Form: 3-55F87
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-9
  • Official Rating: 105
  • Trainer: C O'Brien
  • Jockey: L P Dempsey

held up, 8th at 3rd, moderate 6th 2 out, closed in 4th from before last, kept on without matching winner into 2nd close home

  • Form: 691141
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-8
  • Official Rating: 104
  • Trainer: G Webb
  • Jockey: J S McGarvey

prominent, took keen hold, 3rd at 3rd, 5th when mistake and unseated rider 4th

  • Form: 80U091
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-4
  • Official Rating: 103
  • Trainer: D Cullen
  • Jockey: A E Lynch

in rear, no danger and kept on same pace from before 2 out

  • Form: 40-62
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-2
  • Official Rating: 101
  • Trainer: F Flood
  • Jockey: Andrew J McNamara

held up, 9th at 3rd, closed 6th, moderate 5th when mistake 2 out, no impression and one pace straight

  • Form: 538-855
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-0
  • Official Rating: 99
  • Trainer: S Fahey
  • Jockey: S E Butler

took keen hold, held up towards rear, hit 2nd, 11th at 3rd, slight mistake 5th, no impression on outer when slight mistake 3 out

  • Form: 6-37108
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 10-9
  • Official Rating: 91
  • Trainer: Anthony McCann
  • Jockey: J M Moore

chased leaders, 6th at 3rd, not fluent 6th and 3 out, moderate 4th next, moderate 3rd before straight, closed from before last, led run-in, stayed on well

  • Form: 88600P-
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 10-7
  • Official Rating: 92
  • Trainer: Anthony McCann
  • Jockey: M J Bolger

held up, not fluent 2nd, 10th at 3rd, moderate 9th 2 out, soon no impression

  • Form: B347P9
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 10-7
  • Official Rating: 89
  • Trainer: P McCreery
  • Jockey: B Hayes

took keen hold towards rear, 12th at 3rd, moderate 7th 2 out, no impression and one pace straight

  • Form: 840
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 10-7
  • Official Rating: 92
  • Trainer: J P Dempsey
  • Jockey: M P Walsh

soon mid-division, 7th at 3rd, no extra from before 2 out

  • Form: 96009-0
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 10-4
  • Official Rating: 86
  • Trainer: T Mullins
  • Jockey: Mr D J Mullins

led, slight mistake 2nd, not fluent 3 out, joined 2 out, pushed along before straight, led before last, headed run-in, one pace and dropped to 3rd close home

Previous results

In depth


Ronava shot up the weights after scoring at Wexford in July but he defied the extra in impressive style at Galway and has gone up another 10lb. Balkinstown, who finished runner-up in that latter event, is up 5lb and, as that was his first sign of ability, could improve enough to reverse the form. Winning bumper Celtic Abbey has yet to score over hurdles but should be doing soon on the form shown in his two latest starts. Molly Connors had looked a certain future winner during the summer and was an odds-on chance for a Roscommon maiden in August but she fluffed her lines and weakened quickly after attempting to make all. DAIGREEN has won three of his last four in-between a moderate run behind Ronava at Galway where he was held up off the pace. With more forcing tactics likely he can continue his momentum and take this. Whipper's Boy had shown very little since arriving from Brian Meehan's yard before a comfortable success at Wexford though his jumping remains a concern. Hurricane Sky looks poorly handicapped on what he's achieved so far but the ground is the key and if it turns heavy he could spring a surprise.


Ronava (IRE) 11-2 (11-7) Led, headed briefly before 2nd, disputed after 3rd, led before 2 out, ridden clear entering straight, slight mistake last, kept on strongly run-in, eased close home, won at Galway 2m hcp hdl 80-102 in Oct beating Balkinstown (11-2) by 3 1/2l, 16 ran.

Celtic Abbey 7-4fav (11-12) Mid-division, 7th halfway, some progress and left 3rd 2 out, went 2nd approaching last, no impression on winner run-in, 2nd of 10, 5l behind Lo Siento (11-12) at Galway 2m mdn hdl gd in Oct.

Molly Connors (IRE) 10-11fav (11-5) Prominent and disputed, ridden in 3rd after 3 out, no extra next, 7th of 17, 14l behind She's A Leader (11-5) at Roscommon 2m mdn hdl gd in Aug.

Hurricane Sky (IRE) 9-1 (11-9) Mid-division on inner, 7th 4 out, ridden and no impression from next, 7th of 12, 10l behind It's All An Act (10-9) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl 80-109 gf in Oct.

Daigreen (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Led briefly early, took keen hold, slight mistake 3rd, soon raced in 3rd, slight mistake 4 out, led from next, stayed on well run-in, won at Limerick 2m hcp hdl 80-102 beating Pleased As Punch (11-4) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.

Whipper's Boy (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Held up in rear of mid-division, 7th halfway, went 4th 3 out, pushed along and progress from next, close 4th on outer and ridden at last, headway to lead 1f out, stayed on well, won at Wexford 2m 4yo mdn hdl gd in Oct beating Bursledon (11-2) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.

Balkinstown (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, progress into 6th before 2 out, ridden in 5th entering straight, 4th last, kept on well run-in into 2nd, no chance with winner, 2nd of 16, 3 1/2l behind Ronava (11-7) at Galway 2m hcp hdl 80-102 in Oct.

Black Ice (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Soon led, under pressure and ridden before 2 out, dropped to 5th 2 out, 4th after last, no extra, 5th of 11, 10l behind Sizing John (11-4) at Naas 2m 4yo mdn hdl.

Shabra's Bertolini (IRE) 7-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden and no extra 4 out, 8th of 14, 29l behind Xsquared (11-12) at Ballinrobe 2m hcp hdl 80-109 gd in Jun.

Diesel Ten (IRE) 10-1 (9-12) Mid-division early, soon towards rear, hampered 4th, ridden and weakened 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Seamus Mor (10-7) at Naas 2m hcp hdl 80-109 in Feb, 12 ran.

Miss Faithful (IRE) 33-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, went 9th approaching straight, soon no impression, kept on, 9th of 14, 16l behind Stop Road Lad (10-11) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 gd in Oct.

Whatareudoingtome (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Mid-division, 7th halfway, mistake 3 out and dropped to rear, no extra, 10th of 14, 43l behind Mill Forge (11-5) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl gd in Oct.

Indian Rupee (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) Mid-division, ridden and no extra before 3 out, weakened, 13th of 17, 36l behind He Is Top Class (10-9) at Roscommon 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gf in Jul.