April 29 / 18.00 Punchestown

18.00 Punchestown

Good To Yielding

Alanna Homes Champion Novice Hurdle (Grade 1)

  • Prize money: £61974.79
  • 2m 3f 80y
  • 6 runners
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Alanna Homes Champion Novice Hurdle (Grade 1)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

7/4 (Won)

  • Win: £1.90
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 2-F11

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 151

Form & Verdict
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1st

5

29th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

State Man

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

7/4

1st

15

18th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

State Man

11st 1lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Runner-up on sole French start (1m7f, very soft) and was bang there when falling two out on stable debut at Leopardstown (2m, soft) in December; made amends with easy win at 1-7 in Limerick maiden (2m, soft) last month; today's race is an entirely different proposition but he's a very lightly raced 5yo who could be anything and Willie Mullins has a fine record in this race.

7/2

1st

10

1st Feb 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:10 Limerick

State Man

11st 12lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: W P Mullins

Second to Busselton over hurdles in France; started 8-13 for a Leopardstown maiden hurdle over Christmas on debut for these top connections and appeared to be travelling well when falling two out; should be a steering job in this.

2/5

7/4

  • Place: £2.20

Form: -53111

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict
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2nd

2

29th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

Flame Bearer

11st 10lb

J: Jack Doyle

T: P M J Doyle

7/4

2

18th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 0y

15:50 Fairyhouse

Flame Bearer

11st 8lb

J: Jack Doyle

T: P M J Doyle

3/1

1st

1

3rd Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 0y

16:05 Fairyhouse

Flame Bearer

11st 10lb

J: Jack Doyle

T: P M J Doyle

Form: -12221 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict
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3rd

6

29th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

Three Stripe Life

11st 10lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

7/2

1st

10

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Aintree

Three Stripe Life

11st 4lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

2nd

8

16th Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Three Stripe Life

11st 7lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

Fourth to Sir Gerhard in last year's Champion Bumper here and has quickly developed into a smart novice hurdler this season; again found Sir Gerhard too good when 6l second in Leopardstown Grade 1 (2m, yielding to soft) last month but his stouter pedigree offers significant hope that he can get closer to that rival over today's trip.

13/2

Form: 1-2313 C

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 145

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4th

4

29th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

Kilcruit

11st 10lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

10/1

3rd

6

15th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Kilcruit

11st 7lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Beaten in December on first two hurdle starts and today's race is much tougher than the Punchestown maiden hurdle (2m, yielding) he won in January; however, he did it in fine style and has potential at the top level given his bumper exploits, having been second in last season's Champion Bumper here (2m, good to soft) before winning the Punchestown Champion Bumper (2m, yielding); one of three for Willie Mullins who has an excellent record in this race.

6/1

1st

11

31st Jan 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

13:20 Punchestown

Kilcruit

12st 0lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Classy bumper horse last season; bolted up in a Grade 2 bumper at the Dublin Racing Festival last year and only narrowly denied in the Champion Bumper before gaining compensation in the Grade 1 bumper here in April; hasn't kicked on over hurdles this term, beaten at 1-14 at Cork before another odds on defeat at Leopardstown last time; no certainty back at 2m again.

4/5

OUR TIP

Form: 231255

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 134

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5th

1

29th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

Deploy The Getaway

11st 10lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

33/1

5th

3

3rd Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 0y

16:05 Fairyhouse

Deploy The Getaway

11st 4lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

5th

2

13th Mar 2022

Soft

1m 7f 80y

14:20 Naas

Deploy The Getaway

11st 1lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

Expensive purchase from the point-to-point field in 2019; has taken time to impose his presence over hurdles, but going the right way now; impressive when bolting up in a Down Royal maiden hurdle in January; beaten only 3/4l by Slip Of The Tongue at Punchestown after receiving a bump at the last; 4lb better off now, and rates a serious threat on that basis.

13/8

Form: -62211

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 138

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3

29th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

Highland Charge

11st 10lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Noel Meade

14/1

1st

4

13th Mar 2022

Soft

1m 7f 80y

14:20 Naas

Highland Charge

11st 1lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Noel Meade

Won a Fairyhouse bumper on debut last season; has shown form in maiden hurdles including when 8l runner-up behind the top-class Sir Gerhard in a maiden hurdle at Leopardstown over Christmas; fought back after a mistake at the last to beat former useful performer Micro Manage at Navan a fortnight ago; should not be out of place at this level.

8/1

1st

6

27th Feb 2022

Soft

1m 7f 101y

16:00 Naas

Highland Charge

11st 12lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Noel Meade

Won a Fairyhouse bumper on debut last season and he's bumped into a few smart sorts since, most notably when an 8l runner-up behind high-class Sir Gerhard (Grade 1 winner since) in a maiden hurdle at Leopardstown over Christmas; stuck to his task well to fight off the eventual third (has also won since) and any progress from that run would make him hard to beat here.

11/8

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Payout
Exacta €111.00
Straight Forecast €102.50
Trifecta €218.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

State Man

POSTDATA:

Kilcruit

RP Ratings (IRE):

Flame Bearer

TOPSPEED:

State Man

The Irish Sun:

State Man