Punchestown Saturday: Sure Can do ?

Another good day in Kildare yesterday with another four winner haul ensuring a healthy profit with money more than doubled.  That said, in picking four from our eight selections for the Yankee we somehow managed the four that lost !!  So more room for improvement…

NAP OF THE DAY: Canardier, (1735 Punchestown), 2pts win, 9/1:

Won at Cheltenham in October and was kept fresh until returning there for a superb 5th in the Coral Cup. Was a good third at Aintree in a race that didn’t really pan out to suit.  This trip around this track on this ground looks ideal and he can finally reward his trainer’s plotting.

RACE OF THE DAY:  Fusil Raffles, (1625 Punchestown), 1pt win, 2/1:

It’s likely that Fakir D’Oudairies will try to make all here and there’s a fair chance he will succeed.  But Fusil Raffles made a huge impression in victory on UK debut at Kempton although sustaining an injury that scuppered Cheltenham and Aintree.  He must be well to come here rather than call it a day for the season, and he is an intriguing contender who might just be a cut above.

Rest Of The Card

Hurricane Darwin, (1435 Punchestown), 1pt win, 5/2:

Josie’s Orders has won this twice after failing in the longer race earlier in the week.  He again failed when favourite but ran ok so must have a chance, but he is 11 now.  The younger Hurricane Darwin ran him to 2 lengths here in February and has been kept fresh since, and may be able to use that freshness to turn around the form.

C’est Jersey, (1510 Punchestown), 1pt win, 7/1:

A tricky race with a number of exposed older stayers making little appeal.  The two novices topping the market have little experience.  Maybe C’est Jersey is the middle ground having had a couple of decent chasing runs.  He was a lively outsider for the Irish National but only got to the 6th there but he should be fresh for this if none he worse for his fall.

Stormy Ireland, (1550 Punchestown), 1pt win, 8/1:

There may be little mileage in opposing 1/4 shot Benie Des Dieux, but although she might win, we don’t think she is that sure a favourite.  Stormy Ireland may get loose on the lead and she is good enough to be a tough target should Benie be anything less than her best.

Walk To Freedom, (1700 Punchestown), 1pt win, 7/2:

A fair staying chase but Jessie Harrington’s Walk To Freedom makes great appeal.  He has been progressive as a hurdler and returned to fences nearly a stone lower with a good third at Fairyhouse.  It looked there like he was ridden a touch cautiously, but with that under his belt we can expect a more confident effort here and this race may not take too much winning.

Ard Abhainn, (1810 Punchestown), 1pt win, 4/1:

Favourite Tactical Move comes here for Willie Mullins who has had mixed form in the bumpers this week.  He is a year off since his point to point win and may be worth taking on at short prices. Ard Abhainn Won in March on debut and gets the mares allowance for the Elliott yard.  The 2nd and 3rd from her point have won since and she is worth a punt.

The Punchestown Yankee

C’est Jersey  – Fusil Raffles – Walk To Freedom – Canardier

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