Punchestown Day 1:
NAP OF THE DAY: Front View, (1915 Punchestown), 2pts win, 3/1 generally available
Made a good debut when second, albeit at some distance, to Blue Sari who went close next time in the Cheltenham Bumper. Front View was cruising at Naas when unfortunate to be brought down last time. Could be a good day for Derek O’Connor ending on a high note.
Race Of The Day: Hells Kitchen, (1730 Punchestown), 0.5pts win, 25/1
Min should win, but is priced accordingly. The great Un De Sceaux may not be what he once was now he’s 11, whilst Great Field has great promise but great risk after two Fs. Hells Kitchen is an unlikely winner, but he was ahead of Min at Cheltenham, and he is worth a small dabble.
Rest of the Card
Youcannotbeserious, (1540 Punchestown), 1pt win, 2/1:
Trainer Enda Bolger has this race in his grasp. Blue Templar has been third then second in this race and must go well. That said it was amateur great Derek O’Connor on him last year and he gets the leg up in stable chum Youcannotbeserious. That must be a hint, and market confidence supports the same. The horse looked useful in his youth but has been off a long time, the market move suggests things are looking good on the gallops.
Aramon, (1620 Punchestown), 0.5pt win, 11/1:
Another Mullins hotpot with runaway Supreme winner Klassical Dream who should repeat especially if we get the forecast rain. It is worth remembering he only had a short head to spareness over Aramon before that at Leopardstown and that one could be worth a small flutter here at a big price.
Man Of Plenty, (1655 Punchestown), 1pt win, 25/1:
Would have begged to have been backed each way in the past including when second at this festival last year. But has become a bit more all-or-nothing and is looking week after a string of nothings. He was out of his grade here and his last “all” was a runaway soft ground Sandown win. He has dropped to a similar mark and in form Sophie Leech will be raindancing, and if you come to Ireland looking for rain – well you’re rarely disappointed.
Fiston De Becon, (1805 Punchestown), 1pt win 4/1:
Nick Henderson has booked Patrick Mullins for Son Of Camas, and its no surprise to see him head the market. But Cork trainer Robert Tyner has won the 2016 & 2017 runnings of this and has booked O’Connor for his challenger Fiston De Becon. It’s an obvious punt when they’re unraced, but Tyner’s association with this suggests it may have been a long held plan.
Delta Work, (1840 Punchestown), 1pt win, 15/8:
We love A Plus Tard but he has questions to answer up in trip but more importantly going right handed here having flopped here in January. That time tha balance to close Cheltenham third Delta Work. His form is by far the best here and he looks sure to go well at a trip his main rivals have yet to take on.
The Daily Yankee:
Youcannotbeserious – Fiston De Becon – Delta Work – Front View
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