Punchestown

  • 14:20 Frontline Security Grabel Mares Hurdle 2m 2f 50y

  • Winner €18,450 2nd €5,700 3rd €2,700 4th €1,200
  • Going: Soft to Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 43.60s
  • Off time: 14:21:42
14:20 Punchestown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Forge Meadow (IRE) 12/1
2nd Dawn Shadow (IRE) 12/1
3rd Barra (FR) 7/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 184-655 WHITE, red spots, white cap, royal blue diamond Forge Meadow (IRE) 15
5 11-9 Mrs J Harrington R M Power 135 12/113.00
2 111124- PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Let's Dance (FR) 204
Course and Distance Winner
5 11-9 W P Mullins R Walsh 144 4/91.44
3 52366-2 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Barra (FR) 20
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
6 10-13 t G Elliott D N Russell 135 7/24.50
5 516425 BLACK, red chevron, sleeves & cap Hello Sweetie 14
Distance Winner
8 10-13 t P E Collins A E Lynch 116 50/151.00
6 1- YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Mega Mindy (FR) 344
4 10-10 A Fleming P Townend 14/115.00
7 38-4451 Light green, black cross sashes, black sleeves & cap Dawn Shadow (IRE) 16
5 10-9 Mrs D A Love Rachael Blackmore 12/113.00
8 361331 YELLOW, emerald green stars, yellow sleeves, emerald green cap, yellow stars Nellie Pledge (IRE) 58
5 10-9 B Cawley L P Gilligan 112 40/141.00
9 3P5-211 Yellow, black chevron, black spots on sleeves, white cap The Kings Baby (IRE) 9
6 10-9 M McCabe D J McInerney 121 10/111.00
Non runners
42133-65Elusive Ivy (IRE)710-13G P CromwellG N Fox116

Verdict

LET'S DANCE didn't have much to do to win this a year ago but had Barra 2l behind when landing the Mares' Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham in the spring. The runner-up has the advantage of a comeback run though she disappointed when odds-on at Wexford and Willie Mullins' mare, who is still only five, can take this for a second time. Mega Mindy won a little race in France in December and takes a leap in class as does The Kings Baby, who scrambled home in a Thurles handicap to complete her double. Hello Sweetie looks best of the remainder though her excellent second in a Listed handicap at Market Rasen came on good ground.