Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares' Champion Hurdle
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Grade 1, Punchestown 15:50
€100,000 added,
4yo plus,
2m 2f, Class 1  
Saturday 30th April 2016

1 Whiteout 16/1
2 Limini 11/10F
3 Keppols Queen 12/1
NR: Jennies Jewel (IRE), Legacy Gold (IRE)
7 ran Distances: 4¾l, 2l, nse
TIME 4m 33.90s (slow by 22.90s)

Whiteout beats stablemate Limini to win the Grade 1 Mares Champion Hurdle

© Caroline Norris

Willie Mullins' favourite Limini could finish only second, but the champion trainer still took the spoils when Whiteout came out best. It was a career high for the winner, carrying the colours of local owner David Lawlor, who was bred in Germany and spent her early career in France.

"She won a claimer in France and I think we put in a claim in for her for €22,000 and got her," said Mullins. "It's David's local track so he will be delighted and Whiteout likes this course, she does well here. Whiteout had it easy enough up front, we changed tactics with her and it paid off. I think trying to settle Limini meant that she got too far out of the race. She made a couple of mistakes and it meant she ended up with too much to do. You can't jump like that and win a Grade 1. Whiteout is booked into Shantou and I think she'll still be covered. We'd thought about the Chester Cup but won't go there now. But I think there's still a good Flat handicap in her."

Winning rider Paul Townend added: "It was a bit of a surprise but I got it my own way a bit in front. I was always able to set the fractions I wanted to and she quickened well off the bend. She never rose a gallop at Aintree for whatever reason but she had a good run at Cheltenham in the Martin Pipe race. She definitely bounced back to form and it was probably a career best."

© Caroline Norris

Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Champion Hurdle (Grade 1)
€100,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 2f, Class 1
7 ran
Going: Good to Yielding

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Whiteout (GER) 16/1 P Townend
W P Mullins 5
2nd Limini (IRE) 11/10f R Walsh
W P Mullins 5
3rd 2 Keppols Queen (IRE) 12/1 M J Bolger
Mrs J Harrington 8
4th nse Rock On The Moor (IRE) 6/1 R M Power
Mrs J Harrington 8
5th ¾ Slowmotion (FR) 2/1 B J Geraghty
A P O'Brien 4
6th 7 Pass The Time 25/1 N D Fehily
N P Mulholland 7
7th ¾ Aurore d'Estruval (FR) 16/1 D J Mullins
Miss R Curtis 6
NR Jennies Jewel (IRE) 16/1 I J McCarthy
J P Fahey 9
NR Legacy Gold (IRE) 16/1 A E Lynch
S R B Crawford 8

Year Horse Age/Wt Owner Trainer Jockey SP
2015 Annie Power 7-11-07 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins Ruby Walsh 2/9 Fav
2014 Annie Power 6-11-07 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins Ruby Walsh 1/6 Fav
2013 Glens Melody 5-11-07 Ms Fiona McStay Willie Mullins Paul Townend 7/2

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