The Storyteller got his name up on the winners board once more yesterday at Galway and continues to keep his name in the lights.
Today we head to Punchestown for a busy national hunt card where we send 9 runners.
We come double handed into the opener, the Sanctuary Synthetics 3YO Maiden Hurdle over 2m with horses of differing profiles. First up is the debutante DUFFLE COAT who is a brother to the very good Starchitect along with a few other nice hurdlers. There has already been a bumper winner by his young sire Alhebayeb so the trip won’t be too much of a worry, Keith Donoghue will ride. SISTER ELIZA has already shown us that she will be plenty of fun for connection. She was brought down at the last when she was coming with a run behind Longclaw and looked a real threat to him that day. She gets a fillies allowance which should help her here and she will be partnered by Denis O’Regan.
BIOVERDIA hasn’t done a whole lot wrong bar win in her last few starts but she may be running into an improver here in the shape of Ruaille Buaille. She knows what to do and hopefully her experience will shine through, Keith Donoghue will ride.
Making the move from bumpers to a maiden hurdle is GETABAY who should relish the change as this is more up his street. He comes from a good family and should improve for jumping, Keith
Donoghue takes the ride.
For the Thank You Snowy For 40 Years Maiden Hurdle we have another two runners, ARDHILL and SMOKEY THE BANDIT. Ardhill comes to us from the pointing field so jumping won’t be an issue, the extra time will have done him the word of good and he will be ridden by Keith Donoghue. Smokey The Bandit was disappointing on his only start in a bumper so a switch to hurdles is in order, he will be ridden by the in form Jody McGarvey.
The lightest weight of the GVA Donal O’Buachalla Handicap Hurdle is newcomer to the yard EMPIRE ESCAPE who is a featherweight 9st 12lbs with an additional 7lbs off his back in the form of claimer Gavin Brouder. This doesn’t look an impossible task but it will certainly take a lot of luck in running.
Finally in the bumper we have yet again two runners. GORDON’S JET is a son of Jet Away from a family we know well, that of Blow by Blow. He’s been going well at home and looking forward to seeing what he can do on the track, Lisa O’Neill has been booked to ride. SAM’S CHOICE is Jamie Codd’s mount and again comes from a nice family. This looks a competitive race but one that we can hopefully take advantage of.