A decent start to Punchestown week, a rocky start to Tuesday, was rescued and more by a couple of late winners including 2pt Nap Front View (5/1).
NAP OF THE DAY: Beacon Edge, (1840 Punchestown), 2pts win, 8/1:
Missed his entry at Cheltenham and hence comes here fresher than a few. Was snapped up after a UK debut win last year and ran an eye catcher when a never nearer 4th in the big bumper at Leopardstown. Looked like h enough to have done better still that day with a clearer run, and whilst this is another top event, it lacks the class that was on display at Leopardstown. Can spring a surprise.
RACE OF THE DAY: Kemboy, (1805 Punchestown), 1pt win, 13/8:
The Punchestown Gold Cup and Cheltenham hero Al Boum Photo attempts to follow up in a matche with stablemate and Aintree hero Kemboy, who himself fell at the 1st in the Cheltenham race. Kemboy may get race position in front, and although we think Al Boum may be the better horse, that Gold Cup often gets to the bottom of the well and there has to be a great risk that he’ll be drawing dry if he has to go deep again.
Rest Of The Card:
Conron, (1540 Punchestown), 1pt win, 12/1:
The eye is drawn to JP pair Musical Slave and Rock De Baune and both have chances, but it’s another pair, Jessie Harrington’s that the most appeal. Press Conference could have some class, but at the odds it’s Conron who appeals most having won two hurdle races – his two runs here – and having returned from a break with a smooth recent flat win .
Zero Ten, (1620 Punchestown), 1pt win, 13/8
A trick race – one of this mid-range conditions hurdles you get at this meeting. Voix Des Tiep doesn’t look like one of Willie’s best, but this may stay in the family as Emmet Mullins gives the leg up to David Mullins on the decent Zero Ten. He arguably should be coming here off three straight wins having narrowly lost last time after looking the likely winner. Can make amends in this lower grade.
Crack Tiepy, (1655 Punchestown), 0.5pt win, 7/1:
Another oddball conditions hurdle and not a race to get carried away about with both Supreme 9th Vision D’Honneur and last year’s Supreme 4th Paloma Blue looking vulnerable. Crack Tiepy is a punt having been off for nearly 3 years, but still only a 7yo, he is in the genius hands of Mullins and Walsh and gets some loose change in a race designed for getting the beers in.
Minella Indo, (1730 Punchestown), 1pt win, 11/4:
The Albert Bartlett is a tough race and the first three home look to bounce back here. Winner Minella Indo sprung a surprise, but that was a function of his improvement on only his third hurdles run. That augurs well for more to come. Cheltenham third Allaho is top of our novice chase list for next year, but he runs with a fraction too much enthusiasm to see out the 3m strongly.
Blast Of Koeman, (1910 Punchestown), 1pt win, 10/1:
Not the first time we’ve picked him, but his course form over jumps of 221 includes a runner up effort in this race last year. He should have won by a last fence blunder saw the jockey lose his irons but still go down by just a neck. A recent hurdles win here shows he’s in good heart. Obviously Class Conti could ruin the race by being too good, but this bigger field is more of a test than his lastest small field romp.
Gypsy Island, (1945 Punchestown), 1pt win, 7/4:
Looks much the best of these after three bumper wins of consummate ease. A hurdles defeat renders here ineligible for the championship bumper, but allows her to drop into this mares event and outclass her field. Aintree runner up Minella Melody is the most likely to get Gypsy off the bridle, but the likelihood is that Derek O’Connor can enjoy an armchair ride.
The Daily Yankee:
Minella Indo – Beacon Edge – Blast of Koeman – Gypsy Island
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