16:50 Punchestown

Thursday 29 April 2021

All15:4016:1516:5017:2518:0018:3519:0519:35
  • Mongey Communications La Touche Cup Cross Country Chase
  • 4m 2f  |   Good to Firm (Firm in places)  |   13 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 16:50  |   Winning time: 9m 26.2s
1st
14
33/1
T: P J RothwellJ: Mr B J Walsh (7)
Mid-division early, closed up and slightly impeded after 13th, soon on terms, led 9 from home, slight mistake last and stayed on well op 28/1 tchd 40/1
2nd
3 ¼
13
80/1
T: Ciaran MurphyJ: Mr T J Love (7)
Soon tracked leaders, slightly impeded after 10th, led before 17th, soon joined, headed 9 from home, remained close up, kept on without matching winner from last op 100/1
3rd
5 ½
4
13/8f
T: E BolgerJ: Mr D O'Connor
Mid-division early, closed up and slightly impeded after 13th, ridden after 6 out and disputed 4th, 3rd and slightly slow 3 out, kept on same pace from next op 9/4
4th
hd
11
100/1
T: Caroline MccaldinJ: Mr S Connor (7)
Waited with, soon towards rear, slightly slow 9th, slightly impeded after 13th, slight mistake 22nd, 6th after 6 out, kept on same pace from 2 out, slight mistake last op 66/1
5th
11
10
200/1
T: N SlevinJ: Mr J C Barry (5)
Waited with, slightly impeded after 10th, slightly impeded after 13th, improved to dispute 4th after 6 out, one pace from 2 out op 150/1 tchd 125/1
6th
26
7
9/1
T: E BolgerJ: D J O'Keeffe
Pushed along briefly early, soon tracked leaders, left in lead after 10th, joined before 13th, soon led again, headed before 17th, bad mistake 22nd, 3rd and slipped slightly after 5 out, no extra from 2 out op 15/2 tchd 7/1
7th
28
3
10/1
T: G O'LoughlinJ: R A Doyle
Soon chased leaders, not fluent 6th and lost position, pecked 8th, not fluent 9th and 10th, slightly impeded after 13th, under pressure approaching 8 out, no impression approaching 4 out, soon no extra op 6/1

Also Ran

PU
1
50/1
T: A McNamaraJ: J J Slevin
Mid-division early, mistake 3rd, soon lost position, bad mistake 4th, soon behind, not fluent 10th, pulled up 19th tchd 66/1
SU
2
1012-0
7/2
T: J C McConnellJ: Mr B W Harvey (7)
Prominent, followed leaders and went wrong course after 10th, attempted to continue behind, soon in touch again at back of field, pecked badly 8 out, no impression approaching 4 out, soon slipped up op 3/1
CO
5
7/2
T: Mrs D FosterJ: Mr J J Codd
Prominent, followed leader and went wrong course after 10th op 4/1
SU
6
12/1
T: Peter MaherJ: S W Flanagan
Soon tracked leaders, on terms before 13th, soon headed and slipped up op 17/2
PU
8
33/1
T: R O'SullivanJ: K M Donoghue
Led, went wrong course after 10th, attempted to continue behind, soon in touch again at back of field, pecked 23rd, pulled up after 8 out op 40/1
PU
9
150/1
T: D BroadJ: D F O'Regan
Waited with, slightly impeded after 10th, slightly impeded after 13th, pulled up after 8 out op 125/1

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Non-Runners

12
Mia's Milan2
Weight: 11-9|  Age: 13
T: D P Murphy  J: Mr L J Murphy
NR

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:€28.20Pl:€4.70, €5.00, €1.30EX:€368.30Trifecta:€1,606.50Tricast:€6,631.84SF:€1,302.18

Forecasts

Stand Up And Fight (13/8), Alpha Des Obeaux (7/2), Some Neck (7/2), Blue Templar (9/1), Space Cadet (10/1), Ballyboker Bridge (12/1), Singing Banjo (33/1), Call It Magic (33/1), Classic Concorde (50/1), Mia's Milan (66/1), Michael's Pick (80/1), Major Destination (100/1), King's Song (150/1), Like A Demon (200/1)

Verdict

Only a handful of serious candidates, with SOME NECK taken to uphold Cheltenham Cross Country form with Alpha des Obeaux despite 5 lb worse terms with this step up to a marathon trip promising to suit. Ballyboker Bridge is a regular in this, winning it in 2019 and he's far more comfortable than most with the demands of this race.

  1. SOME NECK (FR)
  2. ALPHA DES OBEAUX (FR)
  3. BALLYBOKER BRIDGE (IRE)

Previous Winners

2020
Ballyboker Bridge
Weight: 11-7  |Age: 12
12/1

Prize Money

1st: €18,000.002nd: €6,000.003rd: €3,000.004th: €1,500.005th: €900.006th: €600.00

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