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It's a huge afternoon of racing at Punchestown this New Year's Eve, and we're proud to be sponsoring five races on the card.

  • Home Of The Placepot Beginners Chase
  • Tote Jackpot Is Back Handicap Chase
  • Join 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle
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  • Tote Supporting Punchestown Handicap Hurdle

Fresh from winning the King George VI Chase with Tornado Flyer on Boxing Day at Kempton, Tote ambassador Danny Mullins is also in the saddle at Punchestown and gives us his thoughts on his book of rides on Friday afternoon.

11:45 Home Of The Placepot Beginners Chase

The first of my rides is En Beton who was last seen winning over hurdles at Tramore in the spring. It's his first run in a year but Willie's horses are in fantastic order at the moment and the extra bit of rain should help this fella, as he looks a big chasing type.

It will be competitive race, Paul rides Egality Man for Willie as well, he was last seen falling in Fairyhouse, but looks an out-and-out chaser. He's another big fella who will jump and gallop around here.

There's plenty of other in it that make it a competitive race. Everglow for Sean Flanagan and Noel Meade, has had a few good runs in beginners' chases so far and that experience should stand to him here.

Torygraph maybe disappointed on quicker ground the last day at Fairyhouse, but had a good run over fences and should make race of it, but I give En Beton a solid chance here.

12:15 Tote Jackpot Is Back Handicap Chase

My second ride in Punchestown is in the three mile handicap chase on Song Of Earth for Margaret Mullins. He had a good run the last day in Clonmel, over a trip that was probably on the short side for him, so I think the step up to three miles should really suit him here.

The interesting one is Pairc Na Ngael for Luke Dempsey and Charles Byrnes. He won nicely the last day in Thurles, and third horse that day has come out to win in Leopardstown since then, so that form has been franked nicely.

He's only got 10st 7lb on his back, so is the main danger, but I think Song Of Earth, soft ground, three miles around Punchestown should really suit him and I'd give him a big chance. 

12:45 Join 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle

My third ride at Punchestown is Chacha Dancer for Donal Hassett. He ran well in Limerick only a few days ago and lines up here again.

Donal reports him to be in good old form, so hopefully he can bounce back again, although it will be difficult having run on soft ground in Limerick.

I suppose the one we all have to beat here is Vauban for Paul Townend and Willie Mullins. He looks an exciting horse at home from what we've seen and I think he's the one we're all going to have to beat.

Pied Piper is here for Jack Kennedy and Gordon Elliott as well, sure to be well schooled and will be involved in the race, but I think Vauban will be the one we all have to beat and hopefully Chacha Dancer will be involved at the business end.

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