Racecards

14:45 Punchestown (IRE)

Go Racing In Kildare Hurdle

  • 4 Runners
  • Distance: 2m
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
  • €16,500 added
  • Winner: €11,385
  • 2nd: €2,805
  • 3rd: €1,320
  • 4th: €825
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 3m 48.40s
  • Off Time: 14:45:17
  • 4 Ran
1st
Silk -
1
Silk - EMERALD GREEN, yellow diamonds on sleeves, striped cap

Aitmatov (GER)

23 bt CD
4/6
  • Form 9/1740-2
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 148

made most, briefly headed and ridden 2 out, regained lead before last, stayed on strongly run-in, comfortably

2
Silk - Dark blue, light green chevrons on sleeves, light green star on cap
  • Form 0F64PF
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 123

always last, weakened from 3 out

3
Silk - EMERALD GREEN & WHITE HOOPED, red & white quartered cap
2/1
  • Form 2132-12
  • Age 4
  • Weight 11-1
  • Official Rating 126

tracked leader in 2nd, improved to dispute lead and ridden 2 out, headed before last, no impression on winner run-in

4
Silk - BEIGE & GREY QUARTERED, black & red striped sleeves, beige & grey check cap

Jigalo (IRE)

25 p DCD
6/1
  • Form 1-40R31
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 124

raced 3rd, improved to dispute lead on outer 2 out, soon ridden, headed entering straight, weakened before last

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

Ireland's Call looks the only one of this quartet out of it though official ratings point firmly to the chances of AITMATOV. A Grade 1 winner in 2007, he has been successful in Listed and Grade 2 class subsequently and though penalised for his latest success at Navan last November his recent return behind stablemate Donnas Palm at Tipperary was a fine effort. Jigalo landed a very tough handicap here in April and has been in fine form over fences recently. The 10lbs he receives from the likely favourite will be a big help and he's more likely to appreciate a slowly-run race than Noel Meade's charge. The youngster Leblon is a great credit to connections and if this turned into a tactical affair his Flat speed would make him difficult to beat.

Formwatch

Aitmatov (GER) 12-1 (11-10) Led, ridden and headed entering straight, capitalised on winner's mistake at last and led early run-in, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Donnas Palm (11-10) at Tipperary 2m hdl G2 (1).

Ireland's Call (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Mid-division best, 10th 6 out, no extra from next, fell last, in a race won by Erritt Lake (11-12) at Thurles 2m 2f beg chs gd, 15 ran.

Leblon (IRE) 6-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, progress to lead after 3 out, ridden and headed after next, disputed lead briefly early run-in, kept on same pace in 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 15, 1/2l behind Sword Fish (9-11) at Listowel 2m 4yo hcp hdl gd in Sep.

Jigalo (IRE) 5-2fav (10-4) Held up towards rear, improved into 6th halfway, went 2nd travelling well approaching 3 out, led before next, soon clear, very easily, won at Gowran Park 2m 1f chs beating Banna Man (10-5) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.