Braeside won valiantly in the mud yesterday at Fairyhouse to finally break his maiden. He was a very deserving winning having been the runner up on so many occasions. Today we head to Punchestown where we have 10 runners on the 7 race card.
The first race is a maiden hurdle for which we have a glut of runners, 4 in total. BRAWNEY made a few mistakes last time before being pulled up last time out so we hope we’ve ironed those out at home. Brian Hayes will take the ride. GARRISON COMMANDER was another one who made a few mistakes on his hurdling debut but he stayed on to improve a couple of places at the end, he will be the mount of Donagh Myler. INSANE BOLT can be forgiven a poor run for his debut over hurdles and he takes a second stab at it here. Hopefully we will see a bit of improvement, Denis O’Regan will ride. Finally we have OAK PARK who ran above the odds last time to finish 3rd, we hope he’ll improve again from that and he is the choice of Davy Russell.
Our number of runners reduces significantly for our next race, where we have just NOBLE JOSHUA in the handicap hurdle. It’s a very large field where he will be able to get plenty of cover. He is well in on the weights and has had a few runs over hurdles now so should know his task. Denis O’Regan has been booked to ride.
It’s another big field maiden hurdle over 2m4f where we have COLUMN OF FIRE. This horse looked set to break his duck when getting it a bit wrong two out and coming down. This should be a similar task to last time and hopefully he hasn’t lost any confidence in his jumping, Davy Russell will take the ride.
Next up is DOMITIAN in the mares maiden hurdle. This mare is shaping up nicely however this looks like it will turn out to be quite a hot race, with the Mullins horses looking like the one to beat. Davy Russell has been booked to ride.
EMPIRE BURLEQUE is our next runner, in the novice handicap hurdle. This continues the theme of big fields today at Punchestown. His mistake late on last time ended his race for him at Limerick. We’ll be hoping for a cleaner round of jumping today and have put Kevin Brogan on board who will take off 7lbs.
The penultimate race of the afternoon is a handicap hurdle where we have JAUNTY WARRIOR. This horse has been switched to handicaps having found maidens a bit too competitive. Hopefully he’ll find his niche here and this will be another ride for our 7lbs claimer Kevin Brogan.
Finally in the bumper we have BETH HORAN and claimer Paddy Vaughan. This filly improved to come 3rd last time out. This looks like it will be competitive so hopefully we can see a similar result.
We wish all our runners and rider the very best of luck and for a safe return.