16:25 Punchestown

Saturday 29 April 2017

All14:3515:1015:5016:2517:0017:3518:1018:40

    AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle (Grade 1)

  • 4YO only  |   Class 1  |   2m  |   Good to Yielding  |   7 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 16:25  |   Winning time: 3m 53.4s
1st
Horse silk
1
411-0
2/1f
T: W P MullinsJ: Ruby Walsh
Tracked leaders, challenged straight, led approaching last, stayed on well under pressure run-in op 5/2
2nd
Horse silk
1 ¼
3
4/1
T: J P O'BrienJ: M P Walsh
Tracked leaders, tight for room and switched left approaching last, ridden to go 2nd run-in and kept on without reaching winner tchd 9/2
3rd
Horse silk
1
7
7/1
T: W P MullinsJ: D J Mullins
Towards rear, pushed along in 5th approaching straight, soon closed, kept on without threatening run-in into 3rd near line tchd 13/2
4th
Horse silk
hd
4
9/4
T: G ElliottJ: D N Russell
Raced in 2nd, on terms 5th, slight mistake 3 out, pushed along to lead into straight, headed approaching last, one pace and dropped to 4th near line tchd 2/1
5th
Horse silk
7
6
14/1
T: G ElliottJ: B J Cooper
Towards rear, pushed along 3 out in last, no impression next, kept on same pace
6th
Horse silk
4 ¼
2
8/1
T: W P MullinsJ: P Townend
Led, joined 5th, slight mistake 4 out, headed into straight, soon weakened tchd 9/1
7th
Horse silk
16
5
66/1
T: M MulvanyJ: Rachael Blackmore
Tracked leaders, lost place and no impression 2 out, weakened

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:€2.70Pl:€1.70, €1.90EX:€8.80Trifecta:€46.30SF:€11.02

Forecasts

Bapaume (2/1), Mega Fortune (9/4), Landofhopeandglory (4/1), Meri Devie (7/1), Dandy Mag (8/1), Dinaria Des Obeaux (14/1), On The Go Again (66/1)

Verdict

Willie Mullins has been taking advantage of the fillies allowance in this recently and had two of the fairer sex occupy the first two positions here twelve months ago. With that in mind, Meri Devie, has to earn serious consideration having made short work of some highly regarded novices on her debut. The form of that race has not worked out as well as hoped and she was put in her place in a Grade One won by Mega Fortune next time. She ran too freely that day but is clearly considered good enough by her trainer to take Mega Fortune on again as well as BAPUME and Landofhopeandglory. The trio were second, third and fifth in the Triumph and have been in regular competition with each other this season. The three are closely matched with Mega Fortune coming out on top of late but arriving here on the back of a busy campaign. That tilts things in favour of BAPAUME this time who has little to find on form and who will be having just his fourth run in 12 months.
  1. Bapaume
  2. Meri Devie
  3. Mega Fortune

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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