We have plenty to look forward to today as we have runners in Punchestown and one over in Cheltenham.
DUFFLE COAT is blazing a path in the 3YO hurdling division and he bids to extend his winning streak. The questions are of course getting harder with each run now as he steps up to Grade 2 level around Cheltenham. He is a classy little horse but he will be coming up against more traditionally bred rivals and will be ridden by Puppy Power.
Moving over to Punchestown we have two in the opener which looks like a very hot beginners chase over 2m3f. BRAESIDE is improving with each start and retains his partnership with Bryan Cooper. CONFLATED is another one who has been running into nice horses and deserves to run a nice race here, he will be ridden by Jack Kennedy.
Moving straight on to the Grade 2 Novice Chase we have FELIX DESJI who won by no less than 31 lengths on his first start over fences. This extravagant jumper looks a real star when on point. He will likely make it and faces some very classy opposition, Jack Kennedy has been booked to ride.
The Grade B Handicap Chase sees the return of 2018 Cheltenham winner FARCLAS who hasn’t been seen for over a year now. This looks another scorcher of a race and Farclas will be ridden by 7lbs claimer Gavin Brouder. PRESS CONFERENCE makes his first start for the yard and we hope we can eek some improvement out of him especially at this level, Daragh O’Keeffe has been booked to ride. Finally we have TINTANGLE who can be a bit of a difficult ride at times, she is off a rock bottom weight here and will be assisted by Conor Orr who takes off a further 5lbs.
CALL ME LYREEN is shaping up to be a very nice 4yo as he goes for the Rated Novices Hurdle. He can hopefully prove that he is and a bit more than that here and will be ridden by Jack Kennedy.
A horse who goes well in the wet is HOMME D’UN SOIR who is in the Naas Oil Maiden Hurdle over 2m4f. Its a very big field for only his second start over hurdles, he will be ridden by Jack Kennedy. Potentially joining him is Irish Art who currently sits as second reserve.
HEREDITARY RULE sits top of the weights for the Handicap Hurdle over 3m. This horse ran much better than his form suggests the last day as he just got tired. He will have 7lbs claimer Jack Wildman on board to help his case. IMPERIAL ALLURE features at the opposite end of the spectrum here with 10st 6lbs and will be accompanied by Luke Dempsey.
Finally we have just the one in the bumper, DARK SPARK who was hugly impressive on his only start to date when winning his bumper by 15L. He should have the measure of his opponents here and will be ridden by Jamie Codd.