WATCH: Punters enraged as Cheltenham champion refuses to race at Punchestown 2 years ago

WATCH: Punters enraged as Cheltenham champion refuses to race at Punchestown

Bizarre scenes at the start of the Herald Champion Novice Hurdle

We did warn you.

"He comes with a health warning in that sometimes when the tape lifts, he just refuses to race," said Hayley O'Connor of Labaik.

And so it came to pass in the 4.20 from the opening day of the Punchestown Festival as Gordon Elliott's Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner steadfastly refused to run, choosing instead to get entangled in the railings as Jack Kennedy manfully attempted to get the quirky 5-2 shot off and running.

Favourite Melon, who was runner up to Labaik at Cheltenham, failed to take advantage, with Willie Mullins' 8/1 chance Cilaos Memory claiming the €59,00o on offer for first place to give Mullins a 1-2 in his attempt to chase down Elliott in the trainer's championship.

Needless to say, punters were less than impressed with their temperamental bet's behaviour. With some even trying to blame Melon's pilot Ruby Walsh for spooking Labaik.

Some bookies were offering refunds, others - given the horse's reputation - were not. Best to check, perhaps that isn't a beaten docket.