Today’s Info 30th April 2015
Second’s yesterday meant we left with nothing, I was disappointed with You Must Know Me but bar that effort then I’ve no complaints unlucky to bump into a Jessie special at 50/1 and a drifting Saigon City threw away a simple win. The Gold Cup was brilliantly won by Don Cossack a horse I have always liked and owes us nothing from a superb year and seriously well campaigned by Gordon Elliott. The Gold Cup next year presents an even bigger test on him at Cheltenham but he is a serious tool and a very confident one at that.
Today at Punchestown you have to look forward to seeing Un De Sceaux take on the fences, he is only going to see them rather than his rivals and a safe passage over them will see him victorious. Should be an excellent site for all.
Hurricane Fly v Jezki over three miles is something that we might not have predicted this season especially for the latter who is diverted from the shorter distances despite only just being dethroned as the Champion Hurdler a month or so ago. Jetson runs here and the older brother will be surprised to see Jezki at the start being used to only mixing it at home with the rugs on.
With the Dedigout not taking part this does look a match for the two speedballs and both camps will be happy enough that the trip will be seen out. I think it will favour the younger horse in Jezki and I am surprised that he is not the favourite this afternoon. Mark Walsh has the ride and tactics could be important but I think Jezki will stay if settling fine for him and should be able to gallop away in the finish. The Fly continues to defy logic and the dying of the light and whilst I’m not punting him it would be a roof lifter for the crowd if he can once again put a Grade 1 field away…
The JP owned pair of Ned Buntline and Bold Henry look the pair to have on side in the opener, with Ned Buntline under Paul Carberry perhaps a match made in heaven. The quirky chap will enjoy wondering whether a jockey is really on him such is the mastery of Carberry so he is a very likely winner on ability and can be kidded to go very close. He is not priced accordingly though for me and can be left to do whatever he wants at short enough odds so it’s the Hobb’s charge that might prove a bit of value under Slippers Madden.
Very impressive at Cheltenham at the start of the term of course and has struggled away since to keep momentum but is treated fairly for a weak enough race considering the pot on offer and Phillip Hobbs is great at sending fully tuned runners to Ireland. At an each way price I am prepared to chance him returning to form that would certainly figure in this.
Good luck all
Punchestown 4.15 – Bold Henry 0.5pt e/w – 12/1 General
Punchestown 5.30 – Jezki 1pt Win – 3/1 General
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