Punchestown

  • 12:35 Racing Post Supporting Irish Stud & Stable Staff Beginners Chase2m 4f

  • Winner €8,624 2nd €2,673 3rd €1,274 4th €574
  • Going: Soft to Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 31.50s
  • Off time: 12:36:47
12:35 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Monalee (IRE) 6/4
2nd Any Second Now (IRE) 4/1
3rd Sutton Manor (IRE) 6/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 113U- EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Any Second Now (IRE) 230
Course Winner
5 11-12 T M Walsh M P Walsh 4/15.00
2 1/00P-73 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE HOOPED, Emerald Green cap, white star De Name Escapes Me (IRE) 23
Distance Winner
7 11-12 h N Meade S W Flanagan 20/121.00
3 2/00050- Dark blue, orange braces, halved sleeves, orange spots on cap Hold Onto Your Hat (IRE) 269
6 11-12 p O McKiernan Mr J W Reilly (7) 100/1101.00
4 11/1136- Beige & black halved, black chevrons on sleeves, beige cap Invitation Only (IRE) 230
Beaten FavouriteCourse Winner
6 11-12 W P Mullins R Walsh 2/13.00
5 745-8 MAROON & WHITE STRIPES, pink cap Kopookris (IRE) 15
6 11-12 L P Cusack D E Mullins 66/167.00
6 212124- MAROON, yellow stars, maroon sleeves, striped cap Monalee (IRE) 206
Course Winner
6 11-12 H De Bromhead D N Russell 6/42.50
7 814678 Maroon, orange chevron & sleeves, yellow cap, maroon diamond Mr Champers (IRE) 19
5 11-12 A Keatley R Loughran 103 100/1101.00
8 32/363P- Dark blue, white star, white cap, dark blue stars Pakman 350
9 11-12 A Murray A E Lynch 66/167.00
9 21535-4 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Sutton Manor (IRE) 19
6 11-12 G Elliott J W Kennedy 6/17.00
10 6420-P0 LIGHT BLUE, dark blue star & sleeves, dark blue cap, light blue star Billy's Hope (IRE) 148
Beaten FavouriteCourse Winner
6 11-5 t Mrs J Harrington R M Power 40/141.00

Verdict

MONALEE (NAP), runner-up to Penhill in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham, didn't run quite as well in a Grade 1 at the Festival here in April but has always been regarded as a potentially classy chaser. This is no easy task on his debut over fences but he can make a successful start. Any Second Now is another with a chasing pedigree so the fact that he managed to win a Grade 2 over hurdles speaks volumes and he'll be ready for this, as he was on last year's debut. Sutton Manor has the benefit of experience over fences having run very well behind the well-regarded Presenting Percy at Galway where a couple of mistakes didn't aid his cause. De Name Escapes Me didn't get close enough at Thurles and will need to do much better but Invitation Only, a close third to the very smart Death Duty over timber at Navan, is another potentially useful chaser for Willie Mullins.