After putting up Klassical Dream yesterday, Danny Mullins is back to cast his eye over the action at Punchestown today.
16:15 - Copiers Novice Handicap Chase (Grade A)
Jumping has been Antey’s issue. He got around the last two times and hopefully that will give him a bit of confidence stepping up in trip. He’s off a nice weight but really needs to put it all together.
I think Asterion Forlonge has solid form in Grade 1s and although he’s got top-weight, I think he’s the one who’s going to take all the beating.
16:50 - Hanlon Concrete Irish EBF Glencarraig Lady Francis Flood Mares Handicap Chase (Grade B)
Salsaretta was pulled up in the Irish National the last day and that was a little bit disappointing. I thought she would run a better race, but Conor McNamara made the sensible decision and maybe she just didn’t quite see out the 3m4f trip.
If you get back to her run behind Colreevy at Cheltenham, that definitely gives her a winning chance here. She was only beaten 11l there and the front two have franked the form. I think she’s a mare who will definitely collect a pot like this.
17:25 - Paddy Power Champion Hurdle (Grade 1)
It looks like Honeysuckle’s race to lose. She was awesome at Cheltenham to back up a brilliant performance at the Dublin Festival. Epatante ran a solid race back in third that day and Sharjah was in second. I don’t really see a reason why they would improve a lot from Cheltenham.
I wonder if Goshen is the one here. He’s a horse so many people would love to see win a big race. Going back right-handed, Punchestown might really suit him as it’s a front-runner’s track. He’ll be able to bounce out down the rail and I think you could do a lot worse than having an each-way bet on him.
18:00 - Alanna Homes Champion Novice Hurdle (Grade 1)
N’golo drops back to 2m4f from 3m in the Albert Bartlett. He travelled a long way like the winner in Cheltenham but I just don’t think he stayed. Back down in trip here, you would hope he’d give a good account of himself, but even on the best of his form, he’ll have to improve.