17:00 Punchestown Sat 4 May 2019

  • Palmerstown House Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase (0-150) (Grade B)
  • 3m 120y, Good to Yielding (Yielding in places)
  • 10 Runners
  • Winner€35,400.002nd€11,400.003rd€5,400.004th€2,400.005th€1,200.006th€601.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:6m 22.1sOff time:17:00:06
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1
811-9OR: 144BF
8/1

Winner of all three starts over fences and readily landed a decent handicap at Ascot when last seen over 14 months ago. Progressive sort last year and British raiding yard among the winners this week.

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2
1011-6OR: 141CD
12/1

Five from 14 over the larger obstacles including when landing a 16/1 shock in the Grade B Pat Taafe handicap chase over C&D in this contest 12 months ago off a 6lb lower mark. Not seen since May, but clearly targeted this race.

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3
811-1OR: 136C
9/2

One from seven over the larger obstacles, raced well to a point in the Thyestes at Gowran Park on his return from 655-day absence, before a couple of below par runs recently. Plenty to prove in this contest.

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4
911-1OR: 136C
3/1

Useful handicap hurdler who has been in top-class form in big-field handicaps winning at Navan in November. One from six over the larger obstacles and his third of 10 at Fairyhouse recently puts him in the mix.

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5
1011-0OR: 135C
16/1

Two from 18 over fences finished 11L behind William Henry in the Grade 3 Coral hurdle at the Cheltenham festival before disappointing here on Wednesday, pulling up over 2m4f. Below par form set to continue.

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6
910-12OR: 133
25/1

Some decent form last season but has failed to finish on three of his last five starts, including falling three out in the Kim Muir and a laboured looking run in the Irish Grand national last month. Needs to improve on even his best form.

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7
Full Cryp,t141
910-12OR: 133D
25/1

Won at Kilbeggan in September, a first success in more than two years. Well held in three starts since towards the end of the year and difficult to make a case for on return to action here.

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9
1110-3OR: 124D
12/1

Four from 17 over fences but without success in two visits to this venue. Plenty to like following a runner-up position at Perth last month on return from a five month break. Not getting any younger.

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10
610-1OR: 122
6/1

Fell in first-time cheekpieces when falling when still going well at the 14th at Ayr last month following an encouraging run at Kempton in March. British raiding yard among the winners here this week.

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11
79-13OR: 120BFC
11/4

Put together a number of consistent displays together since December in three solid chase starts. Won a Punchestown beginners contest in January before being turned over as beaten favourite at Navan on handicap debut last month. Looks progressive.

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Non-Runners

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Na Trachtalai Abu23
910-7OR: 128
T: J MotherwayJ: D F O'Regan

Last Year's Winner

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Heron Heights911-516/1
T: H De BromheadJ: R M Power

Betting

Forecast

Young Paddymc (11/4), Walk To Freedom (3/1), Bellow Mome (9/2), Onefortheroadtom (6/1), Acting Lass (8/1), Heron Heights (12/1), Swingbridge (12/1), Na Trachtalai Abu (14/1), Oscar Knight (16/1), Full Cry (25/1), Arkwrisht (25/1)

Verdict

The Jessica Harrington-trained WALK TO FREEDOM can improve on his third of 10 beaten 5½L on his first run over the larger obstacles in three years at Fairyhouse last month to add to the trainer/jockey winners this week. The nine-year-old can see off the attentions of the returning Acting Lass and the Gordon Elliott-trained Swingbridge who ran well on return to action at Perth recently.
  1. Walk To Freedom
  2. Acting Lass
  3. Swingbridge

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