18:40 Punchestown

Wednesday 26 April 2017

All15:4016:2016:5517:3018:0518:4019:15

    Guinness Handicap Chase (Grade A)

  • 5YO plus  |   2m 4f  |   Good to Yielding  |   14 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 18:40  |   Winning time: 5m 13.9s
1st
Horse silk
4
14/1
T: C L TizzardJ: R M Power
Tracked leaders, went 2nd at 7th, led 4 out, went clear 2 out, pushed out and stayed on strongly run-in, comfortably op 12/1
2nd
Horse silk
5
3
25/1
T: C L TizzardJ: H Cobden
Tracked leaders, 3rd 3 out, ridden in 4th before next, went 3rd at last, kept on without threatening winner in 2nd inside final furlong
3rd
Horse silk
2 ¼
2
12/1
T: Miss R CurtisJ: P Townend
Towards rear, hampered 4 out, closer in 7th 3 out, ridden and headway into 3rd and not fluent 2 out, 4th at last, kept on same pace run-in
4th
Horse silk
1 ¼
14
12/1
T: T J TaaffeJ: Rachael Blackmore (3)
Tracked leaders on outer, 3rd halfway, mistake 8th, 2nd 3 out, soon ridden, 2nd at last, no extra run-in
5th
Horse silk
4 ½
9
10/1
T: Miss R CurtisJ: J M Moore
Mid-division, 8th 5 out, ridden in 4th after 3 out, no impression
6th
Horse silk
13
8
28/1
T: J P RyanJ: D E Mullins
Mid-division, 9th 5 out, ridden in 6th after 3 out, no impression op 25/1
7th
Horse silk
3 ¾
7
810-6
7/4f
T: W P MullinsJ: Ruby Walsh
Mid-division on inner, bad mistake 5th, pushed along in 5th and slight mistake 2 out, soon ridden and no impression op 2/1
8th
Horse silk
14
11
710-0
20/1
T: J R BarryJ: S W Flanagan
Always towards rear, niggled along after 5 out, badly hampered next, no impression op 25/1
9th
Horse silk
41
13
25/1
T: J J ManganJ: P T Enright
Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened from 4 out

Also Ran

F
Horse silk
1
25/1
T: H De BromheadJ: D Robinson (5)
Soon led, headed when fell 4 out
F
Horse silk
5
7/1
T: G ElliottJ: D N Russell
Rear of mid-division, fell 4 out op 8/1
BD
Horse silk
6
12/1
T: J P DempseyJ: L P Dempsey
Disputed lead early, headed 2nd, 3rd 5 out, brought down next op 11/1
T: G ElliottJ: J W Kennedy
Towards rear, fell 3rd tchd 13/2
PU
Horse silk
12
14/1
T: M BrassilJ: N P Madden
Towards rear, pushed along early, trailing when pulled up after 5th op 12/1

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:€11.40Pl:€2.90, €5.70, €3.90EX:€223.20Trifecta:€902.40Tricast:€4,308.44SF:€328.89

Forecasts

Polidam (7/4), Rightdownthemiddle (6/1), Jetstream Jack (7/1), Vintage Vinnie (10/1), Irish Cavalier (12/1), Peoples Park (12/1), Mr Diablo (12/1), Sizing Granite (14/1), Vent De La Cote (14/1), Akito (20/1), Viconte Du Noyer (25/1), Winter Magic (25/1), Devils Bride (25/1), Draycott Place (28/1)

Verdict

On just his fourth start for this trainer, RIGHTDOWNTHEMIDDLE delivered a much improved and notable performance at Aintree earlier this month. He proved no match for a strong winner there but was much the best of the rest and is weighted to go well in this field. If he reproduces that run, he should be in the firing line when it matters most. Polidam is a newcomer to this country and commands instant respect given connections, pitched straight into a handicap any money for him will be well worth heeding. Last year's winner Irish Cavalier shouldn't be discounted from a return to form while Jetstream Jack is another worth of shortlisting.
  1. Rightdownthemiddle
  2. Polidam
  3. Irish Cavalier

Prize Money

1st: €59,000.002nd: €19,000.003rd: €9,000.004th: €4,000.005th: €2,000.006th: €1,000.00

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