We head back to Punchestown today with 9 runners.
Our first runners of the day are METAL MAN and TULLYBEG in the Ladbrokes Safer Gambling Beginners Chase. Both horses have been schooling well at home and make their first start in a beginners chase. It will be a big learning curve for them and hopefully they can both jump round safely.
With Areutheoneiwant a non runner, we now have just 2 runners in the Ladbrokes Where The Nation Plays Mares Maiden Hurdle. CLASS BISHOP LADY is back after a break and has her first run for new connections, The Weeping Ash Syndicate. She’ll come on plenty for the run. FLYING GLORY is having her second start on the track. She finished near the back of the field on her debut and didn’t jump particularly well that day. Hopefully she will have come on plenty for that experience and will show signs of improvement today.
SHRULE OPERATOR takes her chance in the Watch Racing Free Online Handicap Hurdle. This will be her first time in handicap company and we have fitted cheekpieces today in the hope that she will show some improvement on her maiden form and finish in the placings.
We send 3 runners out in the Ladbrokes Play 1-2-Free Handicap Hurdle. DEFINITE PLAN carries top weight in the field. He ran a great race to just be denied first place at Killarney after a long absence but it might be a tough ask to win today with 12st2lbs on his back. CUNEO has been running over fences on his last 9 starts and we’re hoping that the switch back to hurdles could see him feature here today. Finally we have HEREDITARY RULE who is still a maiden and is back fresh after a short break. Today might be a bit of a tough ask for him but he may well run into a place.
Our final runner of the day is ELUSIVE SEA who makes her racecourse debut in the Irish EBF Mares INH Flat Race. This will be a big learning curve for her today but she is showing all of the right signs at home and lets hope she makes a successful start to her career for local owner Mick McGlynn.