Punchestown Day 3: First Class Stamp

The highlight of the third day of the Punchestown Festival is the Champion Stayers Hurdle at 1730 BST. This features a rematch from Cheltenham, and whilst the winner there Nichols Canyon is a tempting 5/2, he faces some tricky rivals and may be worth watching.

The opening race (1540) offers a typically Irish conundrum, with a massed field including some relatively unexposed sorts. Normally we would be sceptical of a UK trained horse in an Irish handicap hurdle as the ratings tend to favour the home team, however the Tom George trained Stamp Your Feet looks to be surprisingly well in.

He won a competitive race at Haydock last time with a surging late run, and is only 4lbs higher here. That showed his suitability to this type of test and he can prevail over the home contingent.

The Novice handicap chase (1615) will be all about jumping over this rapid two miles. Tully East has not been badly treated for showing his worth at Cheltenham, and is just 6lbs higher here for what was a comfortable win. He can follow up at the prime expense of the unexposed Potters Point.

Cantlow and Great Field are two favourites who we can’t back at the prices, but will not oppose. Instead, our last vote goes to a horse on a surge of form in the shape of Showem Silver. He won well at Fairyhouse last week and can repeat the dose off a featherweight in the staying handicap (1805). No Comment will be a tough nut to crack, but the 12lbs he has to give away can be critical.

Recommendations:

Stamp Your Feet, (1540 Punchestown), 8/1 generally available

Tully East, (1615 Punchestown), 5/1 generally available

Showem Silver, (1805 Punchestown), 9/1 Bet365, 8/1 generally available

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