Punchestown Gift Vouchers For Christmas Beginners Chase 2m 4f

  • (4yo+, 2m 4f, 12 runners)
  • Winner €8,280 2nd €1,920 3rd €840 4th €480
  • Going: Soft to Heavy, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 21.30s
  • Off time: 11:56:31
Full result
Result 11:55 Punchestown
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 5 El Fontan 11/1
2nd 7 Mikael D'haguenet 5/4j
3rd 3 Best Served Cold 9 7/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 U857
Emerald Green, Yellow seams, quartered cap As De Pique (IRE) 15
  • T:Thomas McGivern
  • J:E J O'connell
  • Form: U857
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR:
  • Naps:
7 166 11-12 Thomas McGivern E J O'connell 50/1
2 94236/
EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Battle Bound (IRE) 595
  • T:P A Fahy
  • J:N P Madden
  • Form: 94236/
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 166 11-12 P A Fahy N P Madden 50/1
3 1234P-4
MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Best Served Cold 19
  • T:M Hourigan
  • J:D N Russell
  • Form: 1234P-4
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 166 11-12 M Hourigan D N Russell 7/1
4 98837
EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Dear Boss (IRE) 34
  • T:A L T Moore
  • J:D J Casey
  • Form: 98837
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 166 11-12 A L T Moore D J Casey 40/1
5 332032
DARK BLUE, yellow diamond & sleeves, yellow cap, red diamond El Fontan (FR) 15
  • T:D T Hughes
  • J:B J Cooper
  • Form: 332032
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR:
  • Naps:
7 166 11-12 D T Hughes B J Cooper 11/1
6 42232-6
BLACK, yellow seams, maroon sleeves, black cap, yellow star Liszt (IRE) 15
  • T:M Torrens
  • J:M Darcy
  • Form: 42232-6
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-12b
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 166 11-12 b M Torrens M Darcy 33/1
7 112P5-0
PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Mikael D'haguenet (FR) 181
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:P Townend
  • Form: 112P5-0
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR:
  • Naps:
8 166 11-12 W P Mullins P Townend 5/4j
8 S1127-3
YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Mount Benbulben (IRE) 19
  • T:G Elliott
  • J:D J Condon
  • Form: S1127-3
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR:
  • Naps:
7 166 11-12 G Elliott D J Condon 5/4j
9 0826F-9
Dark green, light blue cross sashes, white cap, yellow spots Paddy The Stout (IRE) 17
  • T:Lady J Fowler
  • J:M J Bolger
  • Form: 0826F-9
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR:
  • Naps:
7 166 11-12 Lady J Fowler M J Bolger (3) 40/1
10 020-P70
EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Sword Fish (IRE) 9
  • T:C Roche
  • J:A P Crowe
  • Form: 020-P70
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 166 11-12 C Roche A P Crowe 40/1
11 40-0194
RED & EMERALD GREEN CHECK, red sleeves, emerald green cap Boss Croaker (IRE) 11
  • T:R Tyner
  • J:P T Enright
  • Form: 40-0194
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-11
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 165 11-11 R Tyner P T Enright 33/1
12 2264-7P
YELLOW & ROYAL BLUE HOOPS, yellow sleeves, emerald green cap Katnap (FR) 149
  • T:Mrs S A Bramall
  • J:J L Cullen
  • Form: 2264-7P
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-11
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 165 11-11 Mrs S A Bramall J L Cullen 33/1

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2011   Raptor (FR)
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:P Townend
6 11-12 W P Mullins P Townend 6/4
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In depth

Verdict

Willie Mullins had several high-class entries for this and has chosen the race to reintroduce MIKAEL D'HAGUENET to fences. A brilliant novice hurdler, he never appeared to recover from a last-fence fall when making his debut for the yard over the bigger obstacles at Fairyhouse two years ago. He did produce a couple of decent efforts and hopefully can start fulfilling his enormous potential. Mount Benbulben, a Grade 2 winner over timber, is a big threat as he made a reasonable debut over fences over what was undoubtedly a trip too short at Naas. That looked a very hot event and with improvement virtually guaranteed he will make his presence felt this season. Useful hurdler Best Served Cold made a fair start over fences at Galway but gives the impression a longer trip would suit and though El Fontan has been going well he's now had 11 starts over fences and looks vulnerable.

Formwatch

El Fontan (FR) 5-1 (11-12) Chased leader in 2nd, slight mistake 5 out, ridden in 3rd after 3 out, 2nd and kept on under pressure from before last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 5l behind Benefficient (11-12) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chs gd.

Mikael D'haguenet (FR) 16-1 (10-3) 13th of 18, 15l behind Thousand Stars (10-12) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 5f Grd 2 hdl sft in May.

Best Served Cold 10-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 7th approaching 2 out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 4th of 13, 5l behind Lyreen Legend (11-10) at Galway 2m 6f beg chs hvy in Oct.

Paddy The Stout (IRE) 40-1 (11-9) Always towards rear, 9th of 13, 50l behind Oscars Well (11-12) at Punchestown 2m beg chs sft in Oct.

As De Pique (IRE) 40-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden in 7th 4 out, no impression, 7th of 11, 39l behind Benefficient (11-12) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chs gd.

Dear Boss (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 8th halfway, no impression from 5 out, 7th of 16, 45l behind Sraid Padraig (11-12) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs sft in Oct.

Boss Croaker (IRE) 20-1 (11-11) Chased leaders, well off the pace from 6 out, moderate 5th approaching 3 out, soon no impression, 4th of 7, 42l behind Dedigout (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs hvy.

Sword Fish (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Soon towards rear, kept on same pace from 5 out, 11th of 16, 36l behind Tillahow (11-12) at Thurles 2m beg chs.

Battle Bound (IRE) 13-2 (11-12) Chased leaders, 8th halfway, headway into 3rd before 4 out, ridden in 5th 3 out, no extra in 6th 2 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 19, 25l behind Eight Is My Number (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn hdl in Apr '11.

Mount Benbulben (IRE) 6-4fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, headway entering straight and 2nd 2 out, no impression in 4th early run-in, kept on same pace, 3rd of 13, 5l behind Jenari (11-11) at Naas 2m beg chs sft in Oct.

Katnap (FR) (11-4) 9th of 18, well behind Katkeau (10-12) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 3f hcp hdl hvy in Jun.

Liszt (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Hampered 1st, rear of mid-division, closer in 6th 5 out, ridden and no impression 3 out, 6th of 11, 31l behind Benefficient (11-12) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chs gd.