www.punchestown.com Maiden Hurdle 2m 4f
- (4yo, 2m 4f, 11 runners)
- Winner €6,900 2nd €1,600 3rd €700 4th €400
- Going: Soft to Heavy, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 22.90s
- Off time: 15:26:04
|2nd||11 Glens Melody||8½||5/2|
|3rd||9 Annie Oakley||28||20/1|
Corbally (IRE) 83
|4||161 11-7||J Motherway||M P Walsh||50/1|
Diamond's First (IRE) 10
|4||161 11-7 t||E P Harty||N P Madden||66/1|
Minsk (IRE) 34
|4||161 11-7||D T Hughes||B J Cooper||4/9f|
Over Presented (IRE) 15
|4||161 11-7||M Torrens||M Darcy||50/1|
Ravished (IRE) 19
|4||161 11-7||M F Morris||D N Russell||8/1|
Silent Express (IRE) 114
|4||161 11-7||M P Sunderland||M N Doran (5)||66/1|
Thats The Dream (IRE) 11
|4||161 11-7||R Tyner||P T Enright||50/1|
The Job Is Right 35
|4||161 11-7||M Hourigan||A P Heskin||50/1|
Annie Oakley (IRE)
|4||154 11-0||Mrs J Harrington||R M Power||20/1|
Four Wives (IRE) 19
|4||154 11-0||Peter Fahey||D J Casey||50/1|
Glens Melody (IRE) 163
|4||154 11-0||W P Mullins||P Townend||5/2|
Corbally Ghost (IRE)
||4||11-7||N Meade||P Carberry||5/2|
This looks a virtual match between MINSK and Glens Melody and both look outstanding prospects. The former gets the vote as though he was beaten by Burrenbridge Lad when odds-on for his hurdling debut at Fairyhouse in February he's run two excellent races in Listed company on the Flat recently and looks a potentially very useful recruit to hurdling. Glens Melody has won three bumpers without breaking sweat and as she receives the fillies' allowance she has to be a real threat on her much anticipated debut over timber. Ravished was beaten a long way on his racecourse debut at Naas last month but will have come on for the experience and should be battling it out for a place.
Minsk (IRE) 4-6fav (11-0) Waited with in mid-division, improved to track leaders from 3 out, challenged and led before last where not as quick as winner, headed, rallied but not quite get back up, 2nd of 10, nk behind Burrenbridge Lodge (11-3) at Fairyhouse 2m 4yo hdl Grade 2 (1) in Feb.
Glens Melody (IRE) 8-11fav (11-3) Tracked leaders, challenged travelling best in 2nd from 2f out, led over 1f out and soon clear, stayed on well, easily, won at Tipperary 2m 4yo nhf sft in Jun beating St Maxime (10-0) by 8l, 8 ran.
Annie Oakley (IRE) Westerner filly out of Gaye Artiste.
Ravished (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Mid-division on outer, 6th halfway, 3rd entering straight but soon no extra after 2 out, moderate 5th at last, kept on one pace, 4th of 12, 32l behind Jezki (11-7) at Naas 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Oct.
The Job Is Right 20-1 (11-3) Soon mid-division, no impression from before straight, 11th of 12, well behind Ally Cascade (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat in Oct.
Four Wives (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Led or disputed lead, headed 4 out and soon no extra, weakened, 9th of 12, well behind Jezki (11-7) at Naas 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Oct.
Corbally (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, some headway into moderate 11th 3 out, soon no extra, 12th of 23, 29l behind Ted Dolly (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl in Aug.
Silent Express (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Prominent, no extra from 6f out, tailed off, 12th of 18, well behind Oscars Joy (11-7) at Limerick 2m N H flat gd in Jul.
Over Presented (IRE) 66-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, 6th entering straight, ridden and no impression 3 out, 6th of 10, 33l behind Bonisland (11-8) at Down Royal 2m 6f mdn hdl gd.
Thats The Dream (IRE) 33-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, no impression and kept on same pace from before 2 out, 7th of 10, 38l behind Just A Par (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy.
Diamond's First (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) In rear, ran very wide off bend away from stands after 2nd, soon trailing, no impression from 4 out, 13th of 14, 24l behind Blacklough (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl sft.