Horse Racing ideas: Our 4 fab fancies at Punchestown on Saturday

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Horse Racing tips: Our 4 fab fancies at Punchestown on Saturday



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A giant subject for the opening newbies’ chase at Punchestown the place Willie Mullins ought to safe one other victory on this race with ASTERION FORLONGE. The champion coach gained this contest final 12 months with Faugheen and 6 occasions over the earlier nine-seasons, together with success with Champagne Fever, Valseur Lido and Outlander. The six-year-old gray of Coastal Path gained an Oldtown point-to-point earlier than growing into a pleasant hurdler for crew Mullins, which included Grade 1 success at Leopardstown earlier this 12 months.

He completed fourth behind Shishkin when despatched off favorite for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle on the Cheltenham Pageant in March and appears a vibrant prospect to observe over fences this season. His entrance working fashion inside this big-field ought to alleviate any visitors points or being brought-down and see him dominate from the entrance to get the higher of College Boy Hours, Punitive and Conflated.

 

This race was all the time the plan for Gavin Cromwell and connections of DARVER STAR following his spectacular debut success right here in mid-October. The Champion Hurdle third couldn’t have made a greater chasing debut, leaping for enjoyable and profitable by 12 lengths below jockey Keith Donoghue. Jonathan Moore returns to the saddle in what seems a match in opposition to the Gordon Elliott educated Felix Desjy.

It is going to be an attention-grabbing battle between two elegant horses who shouldn’t have a lot better them on scores over hurdles. The largest pre-race concern for Cromwell and Moore can be a tactical one, contemplating the entrance working fashion of the Elliott runner. We all know Darver Star stays additional, so setting the best fractions but additionally ensuring Felix Desjy doesn’t get a straightforward lead up entrance will make this an attention-grabbing race to observe and for Moore to experience in.

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Historical past has informed us that Willie Mullins targets this weekend at Punchestown to kick-start his season and he’s beforehand managed to win this maiden hurdle with good horses, Zaidpour (2010), Burrows Saint (2017) and Blue Sari final 12 months. GAILLARD DU MESNIL is a French import bought for €250,000 and working within the colors of Gold Cup profitable homeowners, the Donnelly household.

Regardless of by no means working over hurdles in France as a three-year-old, the son of Saint Des Saints was positioned in four-bumpers and secured his solely success in August final 12 months (2019). Mullins is aware of the household nicely having educated Calie Du Mesnil, who gained twice for the crew over this middle-distance journey. Homme D’un Soir and Holymacapony look the primary rivals right here, whereas King’s Vow for Joseph O’Brien and newcomers, Caesar Rock and Valyblue ought to combat out the locations.

LETSBECLEARABOUTIT went straight into my tracker when securing a formidable debut victory at Tipperary final month and it’s no shock to see Patrick Mullins stay within the saddle for Gavin Cromwell. Barely eager early, the son of Flemensfirth travelled simply turning for residence to beat the well-fancied Enniskerry from the Barry Connell steady.

Mullins mentioned his largest drawback was pulling him up afterwards, which recommend he’s received first rate capacity and sophistication to see off his old-rival once more regardless of the load distinction at present. Elsewhere, Darkish Spark seems the plain hazard having bolted up when profitable a Kilbeggan bumper on debut for Gordon Elliott and Jamie Codd final month.

11:45 Asterion Forlonge (Subsequent Finest)
12:15 Darver Star
14:35 Gaillard Du Mesnil
15:45 Letsbeclearaboutit (NAP)

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