It was incredible for the team to score a treble at Kilbeggan yesterday after a great weekend. Today we head to Punchestown as we take the sheets off some real winter horses.
The opener looks a hot contest as we send two in for the Ladbrokes Watch Racing Beginners Chase over 2m1f. CONFLATED is a ready built chaser and was a good novice hurdler last season competing in Graded company. These beginners races are already getting hot so this seems as good a time as any to test where this horse is at. SILVER STAR got a bit tired towards the end of his run when starting over fences for the first time. It was a very pleasing run and has been dropped back in trip here to help him get home. Darver Star is the main threat here especially if he comes back as classy as he was last season.
We don’t have anything for the second race but put forward two exciting 3yo’s for the Ladbrokes 3YO Hurdle over 2m. QUILIXIOS will bare a penalty for already having won a hurdle race over in France before he came to the yard. This horse looks very exciting and has taken things in his stride. LUCKY FELLA probably needed his first run and will look to improve on it here. He boasts a good page and showed that he can be well able of the task.
It’s a small field for the Ladbrokes Giving Extra Places Hurdle over 2m2f, where 5 go forward for which we send two. RECENT REVELATIONS can be a bit tricky at times but has a lot of class about him when he’s focused on the job. This is a very competitive field and might find one or two tough to pass but it looks a suitable race for him. CAMPEADOR hasn’t looked better at home as he has this season, it’ll be good to get him started in such a small field and we hope he can put in a good performance.
Making his appearance over hurdles for the first time is WIDE RECEIVER who came to us with a lot of expectations on his shoulders. He didn’t disappoint and won on rules debut. A career over obstacles now awaits him and its what he is made for. There are plenty of runners in this maiden hurdle so it could get messy, we’ll be hoping for a clear run to give us the best chance.
Finally another big field awaits DAPHNE MOON in the mares INH Flat Race. This mare has form against some very smart horses from last season and comes back against her own sex. The ground won’t be an issue for this filly as she appreciates a strong stamina test. Jamie Codd has been booked for today’s run.