We have a busy day today with 12 runners at Punchestown.
Three horses represent us in the Total Event Rental (Kildare) Novice Chase. DOUNIKOS (pictured) won well at Limerick last time out in a Grade 2 Novice Chase. He seems to love the mud and we expect another good run from him today. MOSSBACK won on his seasonal debut at Nass back in November. He will have come on for the run but today is a tougher ask. THE STORYTELLER ran a really good race to beat Sutton Manor last time out. Theres plenty of improvement to come from him and we are hoping for another good run.
BILKO steps back up in trip here today. He’s been running very consistently this season but we would like to see him get his head in front today.
In the Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle we have Mengli Khan and Hardline. It was a real shock to see MENGLI KHAN run out at Leopardstown. We are hoping he has put that behind him and with his Grade 1 and Grade 3 form he should be in the mix today. HARDLINE has run well in graded company this season and we are expecting another decent effort from him.
Four horses run for the yard in the Sportinglife.com Maiden Hurdle. GER’S LAD makes his racecourse debut today. He’s in great form at home and has been schooling well over the hurdles but we will learn a lot about him today. We are hoping that the slightly better ground will help GUN DIGGER today. He has more experience than most of his rivals so hopefully that will stand him in good stead. WARLIKE INTENT makes his debut over hurdles today. He was an impressive bumper winner and after having some time to freshen up we are exciting to see how he gets on over obstacles today. MONITION also makes his racecourse debut today. Again, we’ll know more about him after today’s run but his homework has been very pleasing so far.
PAT’S OSCAR has been running well this season and the trip and ground conditions should suit. Davy Russell rides.
SWEETLIGHT D’OROUX came out of her bumper debut well but we were hoping for a better run from her. Anthony Fox is onboard today and hopefully he’s 7lb claim will make the difference.