Today’s Punchestown Preview
By Ryan McCue
The first of a seven race card gets underway at 5:50pm with the going described as good.
Art of Logistics looks well up to continuing his good recent form in this badly contested opener. Back to Balloo should follow him home at the expense of Churchfield Champ and Loosen My Load who reverts back from hunter chase company. The second on the card look an interesting race with some of the runners, notably Pageboy and Callin Annamh set to compete in the big summer handicaps. Away We Go, however, for Trainer Willie Mullins looks to have strong e/w claims having not got the clearest of runs last time and with the drop back in trip not a worry, he’s the selection.
The 6:50pm is an ultra-competitive h/c chase over 2m6f. Colm Mc Bratney is represented here with Hidden Future. His run at Perth three weeks ago showed signs of him improving over the larger obstacles and so he gets the e/w vote. Others to consider include Fever Pitch who was sent off favourite for this event last year off of a 7lb lower mark and Down Under for jockey Mark Walsh.
The first of two Maiden Hurdles comes up next. Whatsforyouwontgobyyou made a very pleasing start to his career in a valuable bumper here at the festival and if market vibes are strong, he should go very close. Star Power drops back in trip and shouldn’t be far away along with Grand Partner. The next on the card is a mares Maiden Hurdle over 2m. A lot of horses can be given a chance here so a tentative vote goes to Elsie. Having ran to a fair level of ability in bumpers, she hasn’t quite progressed over hurdles as expected but an encouraging run last time puts her right in the mix in what looks a weak contest. Molly Connors and Daisy’s Gift are others who should be involved.
The penultimate race on the card will see Rupert Lamb go to post a short priced favourite. Rated 26lb below his chase mark and with trip and ground likely to suit he holds an obvious chance under Ruby Walsh. Alternatives to him include Oscar Buzz who belied his big odds here at the festival last time to finish third and Bridgequarter Girl who will relish today’s ground.
The closing race on the card is a bumper over 2m. Having been a beaten favourite for Willie Mullins in his last two starts (previously with Pat Martin), Totally Dominant will look to make amends for a close defeat here last time. The interesting one, however, is Hash Brown, who has shaped better than the bare result suggests in his last couple of starts and so he’s the e/w selection.
Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire 4/6/14
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