Day 1 of the Punchestown festival brings the usual challenges to both wallet and liver…
The Daily Yankee:
Getabird, (1620 Punchestown), 1/1: a huge disappointment when tanking far too freely under Ruby at Cheltenham, with the rumoured left hand jinx possibly in operation. Looked back to his best at right handed Fairyhouse and gets similar conditions here and his January win here remains his most impressive career run.
Western Boy, (1655 Punchestown), 12/1: Fourth appearance in this race. May have won two years ago but for slipping late on, and made amends when an easy winner last year. Has his ideal conditions again and is only marginally higher in the weights. Should go very close.
Min, (1730 Punchestown), 3/1: Two huge Mullins big guns here in Douvan and Un de Sceaux but both look vulnerable. Douvan’s only fun in 12 months had him tanking along before crashing out at Cheltenham – he has to recover from that fall and show he can still go the distance. Un de Sceaux looks vulnerable on drying ground and will be his longest price ever and only the second time he hasn’t been favourite. Mullins can still win though as Min is the younger horse, ran a blinder in the Champion Chase and may have gone a few yards too far over 2m4f at Aintree.
Monalee, (1840 Punchestown), 15/8: Has the beating of these on both a good 2m4f win at Leopardstown and then a fine runner-up when possibly finding the stiff 3m at Cheltenham too much of a test behind the brilliant Presenting Percy. This course should be ideal and is a worthy favourite.
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