Dobbins & Madigans At Punchestown Hurdle (grade 1) 2m

  • (4yo+, 2m, Class 1, 4 runners)
  • Winner €55,250 2nd €17,000 3rd €8,500 4th €3,400
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 4.40s
  • Off time: 14:17:00

Full Result

14:15 Punchestown
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 2 Solwhit (FR) C Byrnes 6 11-10 D N Russell 11/10f
SP 11/10f Close up in 2nd, challenged after 2 out, led early straight, ridden clear last, kept on well, comfortably opened 5/4
2nd 4 Voler La Vedette (IRE) C A Murphy 6 11-5 P Townend 5/2
SP 5/2 In touch in rear, close up when pushed along 3 out, 3rd after 2 out, 2nd and stayed on after last without threatening winner
3rd 1 Donnas Palm (IRE) N Meade 6 11-10 D J Condon 3/1
SP 3/1 Led, ridden and strongly pressed from 2 out, headed early straight, 3rd and no extra after last opened 11/4
4th 23 3 Sublimity (FR) Robert Hennessy 10 11-10 t Andrew J McNamara 10/1
SP 10/1 Close up in 3rd, ridden and dropped to rear after 2 out, no extra early straight, eased from last

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £1.90 Straight Forecast £4.33 Exacta £4.80

Placepot €33.40

Analysis

SOLWHIT faced just three runners in defence of his crown but Charles Byrnes reported his charge to be a couple of weeks behind where he was at this stage last season and principal rivals Donnas Palm and Voler La Vedette had race fitness on their side whilst Sublimity had had a breathing operation since last in action. This was run at a steady pace in testing conditions with Solwhit content to take a lead from Donnas Palm but the response was immediate when asked to go about his work and the result never looked in doubt once he took up the running. Solwhit has made rapid strides over the past two seasons but was the subject of a health scare prior to a disappointing run in last year's Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham and that race may not even be on the agenda with domestic Grade Ones higher on the list at present. Voler La Vedette was a relatively late acceptor for this race once it was clear that Hurricane Fly wouldn't run and she did make good late ground on the winner without ever looking like overhauling him; there are plenty of options for this smart mare who may well appreciate a return to racing against her own sex and being stepped up in trip. Donnas Palm may ideally need a little further but he has now come up short on all four runs in Grade One company and looks short of top class but it would be no surprise to see him go well in the Hattons Grace over two and a half miles. Sublimity was well beaten off on ground that was too testing for him but is now ten years of age and vulnerable to younger guns.