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After Grade One glory on Thursday with Il Etait Temps, Danny has four rides on Friday at the Punchestown Festival. He offers his insight on their chances below...

Friday 3rd May

16:15 - EMS Copiers Novice Handicap Chase (Listed Race)

My first ride on Friday is TACTICAL MOVE

Well on form he is a Grade One horse in a handicap, his run behind Spillane’s Tower reads very well now. With that heavy weight, I don’t think it’s going to inconvenience him if he gets out there and is jumping well, he could run a very big race here. 

16:50 - Hanlon Concrete Irish EBF Glencarraig Lady Francis Flood Mares Chase (Grade 2)

INSTIT ran a fine race at Punchestown last year, although she’s been busy lately she’s ran with a lot of credit in each of her runs. 

She had a solid run at the Cheltenham Festival, she was beaten by a mare getting lots of weight at Fairyhouse and she had a very good run at Perth where a graded mare Apple Away came out and beat her.

I think she should be bang there and she seems to be very consistent at this time of the year. 

18:00 - Boodles Champion Hurdle (Grade 1)

SIR GERHARD drops back to the minimum trip after a solid run over the intermediate distance at Sandown behind Langer Dan and Impaire Et Passe. 

He probably needs to step up to compete with State Man but, at the end of a long year, who knows what can happen with those hot pots.

We’ll hope for a good showing from Sir Gerhard. 

19:05 - Uniquely Novice Hurdle

BILLERICAY DICKIE is a course winner but that was over two and a half miles on heavy ground. 

I think the better ground will suit him but possibly this trip could be on the sharp side but with the opposition at hand this could be a nice opportunity for him. 

Hopefully he’s sharp enough to hold his position early in the race.

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