18:40 Punchestown

Friday 27 April 2018

All15:4016:2016:5517:3018:0518:4019:1019:45

Star Best For Racing Coverage Champion Hunters Chase

3m 120y  |   Soft  |   13 Runners  |   Turf
Off time: 18:42  |   Winning time: 6m 46.9s
Weighed In
1st
2
9/2
T: Mrs R LoxtonJ: Mr W Biddick (3)
Tracked leaders, 3rd from 6th, 2nd from 13th, led 4 out, joined briefly before next, soon led again and went on, stayed on strongly from before last, comfortably tchd 4/1
2nd
21
11
25/1
T: A FlemingJ: Mr M J O'Hare (5)
Mid-division early, 7th from 6th, closer in 4th from 13th, not fluent 3 out, no impression when slight mistake 2 out, kept on run-in without troubling winner into 2nd on line
3rd
hd
5
10/1
T: E BolgerJ: Ms N Carberry
Mid-division early, 6th from 6th, improved into 3rd from 13th, switched right before 4 out, on terms briefly before 3 out where slightly slow, soon no impression in 2nd, kept on same pace from 2 out and dropped to 3rd on line op 12/1
4th
24
10
11/2
T: J T R DreaperJ: Mr B O'Neill
Mid-division early, 8th from 6th, closed to chase leaders 13th, kept on same pace from 3 out tchd 5/1 and 13/2
5th
27
4
33/1
T: Francesca NimmoJ: Mr J Jackson-Stops (7)
Tracked leaders, 2nd from 6th, on terms 9th, soon led, headed 4 out, no extra and slight mistake 2 out

Also Ran

PU
1
1112-0
7/2
T: G J McKeeverJ: Mr P W Mullins
Held up, 12th from 6th, soon headway, no extra from before 4 out and pulled up before 3 out op 3/1
PU
3
50/1
T: G J McKeeverJ: Mr R Deegan (5)
Mid-division early, 9th from 6th, soon headway, no extra from 4 out and pulled up straight
PU
6
33/1
T: G ElliottJ: Mr A J Fox (7)
Mid-division early, slight mistake 2nd, 10th from 6th, no extra from 4 out and pulled up straight
PU
7
66/1
T: Peter MaherJ: Mr R O Harding (3)
Held up, soon in rear, bad mistake 7th, pulled up before 10th op 50/1
PU
8
1112-0
40/1
T: D HickeyJ: Mr S F O'Keeffe (7)
Chased leaders, 5th from 6th, under pressure from 13th, no extra and pulled up before 3 out op 50/1
PU
9
40/1
T: D M ChristieJ: Mr R James (7)
Held up, 11th from 6th, soon headway, no extra from before 3 out and pulled up before last
PU
12
1112-0
5/1
T: Miss Kelly MorganJ: Ms G Andrews (3)
Not always fluent jumping and inclined to jump right, disputed lead early, soon led, joined 9th, soon headed, weakened to rear 13th, soon pulled up op 6/1
PU
13
1012-0
3/1f
T: Padraig RocheJ: Mr D O'Connor
Disputed lead early, prominent, 4th from 6th, pushed along 11th, under pressure 13th in 5th, weakened and pulled up before 3 out op 7/2

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Betting

Forecast

Uxizandre (3/1), Balnaslow (7/2), Caid Du Berlais (9/2), Top Wood (5/1), Sizing Coal (11/2), On The Fringe (10/1), Timewaitsfornoone (25/1), Jimmy The Jetplane (33/1), Ourmanmassini (33/1), Sambremont (40/1), Rue Hill (40/1), Ground Invasion (50/1), Peckhamecho (66/1)

Verdict
A race which could bring the curtain down on the racing career of a Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown legend in the shape of the first-time blinkered On The Fringe. Historically this has been his race, but there's a 'younger' generation around nowadays, and he couldn't live with BALNASLOW in this race in 2017. The Graham McKeever trained eleven-year-old defends his crown on the back of an Aintree Foxhunters success, and should figure prominently. Both Top Wood and Caid De Berlais ran well at Cheltenham, with the latter certain to relish this lesser test of stamina. Timewaitsfornoone also sports an intriguing profile, so rates as a horse worthy of note.
  1. Balnaslow
  2. Caid Du Berlais
  3. Top Wood

Previous Winners

2017
Balnaslow
Weight: 12-0  |Age: 10
Weight: 12-0  |  
Age: 10  |  
J: Mr D O'Connor
  |  
T: G J McKeever
4/1
Prize Money
1st: €18,450.002nd: €5,700.003rd: €2,700.004th: €1,200.005th: €450.00

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