It’s a special day at Punchestown as we kick off in the most spectacular fashion.
ENVOI ALLEN opens the card in the Grade 3 Killiney Novice Chase which looks to have a great head to head on hand. Unbeaten Envoi takes on the exciting Asterion Forlonge in the 2m4f as both look to get ready for the big spring races. We give away a huge amount of weight here so it’ll be a strong test and Jack Kennedy will take the ride.
MAGIC TRICKS goes in the Moscow Flyer, a Grade 2 over 2m. He put any doubt behind him when he powered home by 8 lengths to win his maiden hurdle the last day. Again this will be a hot contest but it’ll be great to see him compete against good horses, Mark Walsh rides.
For the Punchestown Maiden Hurdle we have two runners. DON DIABLO will be the mount of Keith Donohue as he takes to hurdling for the first time. Our other runner is EXCELCIOR who will be ridden by Jack Kennedy.
We have one runner in the Mares Handicap Hurdle where the consistent AMOR VERDADERO takes her place. She looks in a good position to take advantage of this and she will be ridden by Jack Kennedy.
HELL ON EARTH lines up for the Beginners Chase as he takes on 14 rivals. This combination of Hell on Earth and Paul Cawley where very successful last time out where they came second. Hopefully they can build on that result.
Finally in the Qualified Riders Handicap Chase we have two runners, OUT SAM and MINELLAFORDOLLARS. Out Sam will be ridden by 7lbs claimer Rob James who will have a great handle on him and his claim gives him a better chance of finishing in the frame. Minellafordollars will be ridden by Jamie Codd who gets in off a nice mark here and will have blinkers on for today’s event.