Good morning all,
Chacun Pour Soi put in arguably the best performance of the Irish jumps season. So disappointing at Cheltenham, they made more use of him here and he was always in a prominent position exchanging the early lead with stablemate Allaho. Keeping up a strong gallop he saw Allaho off and only Nube Negra travelling in the leader’s slipstream could keep tabs on him.
By the time they reached the top of the home straight Chacun had them all beaten and galloped on strongly for an easy win. Nube Negra didn’t find as much as expected and lost second to the rallying Allaho.
The drop back to 2m for Allaho was worth a go but he’s better over further.
Colreevy bows out at the top
It was billed as a match between Monkfish and Envoi Allen in the Grade 1 Champion Novice Chase. However, Colreevy hadn’t read the script. The mare, unbeaten on her four starts over fences coming into the race, is likely in foal and this was set to be her last race. Jockey Danny Mullins soon had her out in front. He got her into a good jumping rhythm and she was never headed.
Monkfish loomed up two out but a mistake there put him on the back foot and he couldn’t make an impression on his stablemate.
Envoi Allen also started to feel the pinch coming to two out and was soon struggling. He was pulled up before the last as if something had gone a miss.
Credit where credit’s due Colreevy was the best horse on the day and won the race on the home turn.
A tough mare and a worthy winner on the day.
Punchestown Festival – Day 2
More big clashes at Punchestown today. Al Boum Photo and stablemate Kemboy take on Clan Des Obeaux in Ladbrokes Punchestown Gold Cup (5:55). Sadly, Gold Cup hero Minella Indo doesn’t take his place in the line-up due to injury.
The Grade 1 Irish Mirror Novice Hurdle (5:20) see’s two Cheltenham Festival winners Vanillier (Albert Bartlett) and Galopin Des Champs (Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle) take each other on.
In the Grade 1 bumper (6:30), it’s a rematch between Cheltenham bumper first and second Sir Gerhard & Kilcruit. Add in a couple of big field handicaps and there's more than enough quality to action for a Wednesday.
5:20 – Irish Mirror Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) – 3m
Galopin Des Champs looked a Grade 1 novice hurdler when winning the Martin Pipe Handicap at the Cheltenham Festival. He should stay 3m and has a big chance. He faces a big opponent in Vanillier who won the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham. There is nothing between the pair on official ratings but whether Vanillier has the pace to deal with Galopin Des Champs I’m not so sure.
5:55 – Ladbrokes Punchestown Gold Cup (Grade 1) – 3m ½ f
Al Boum Photo third in the Gold Cup heads the betting. The 9-year-old finished runner-up to stablemate Kemboy in this race in 2019.
Kemboy was well behind his stablemate in the Gold Cup but Cheltenham isn't his track. A winner of the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown two starts back, there shouldn’t be much between the Mullins pair over this C&D.
It’s not a two-horse race though. Paul Nicholls brings Clan Des Obeaux over for the race. The 9-year bounced back to form when comfortably winning the Grade 1 Betway Bowl at Aintree. Clearly the first time cheekpieces revitalised him but he was the only one of the field to give his running that day. That said, he goes well right-handed, likes the ground and distance and if the headgear continues to work, must have a big chance.
Fakir D'oudairies also won a Grade 1 at Aintree. That success came over 2m 4f and his stamina for 3m must be taken on trust and I think he will prove better over shorter.
6:30 – Supporting Irish Store Sales Champion INH Flat Race (Grade 1) – 2m ½ f
A likely match between the one -two in the Cheltenham Champion bumper: Sir Gerhard and Kilcruit. The latter could reverse placings granted a better gallop than he got last time. Eric Bloodaxe is an interesting runner. He had looked a smart bumper horse last season, winning his first two starts before finishing lame at Leopardstown 452-days ago. It will be interesting to see how much ability he retains.
Colreevy did the business for the column yesterday. Today’s selection comes in the final race on the Punchestown card.
7:35 – Manisanda was set a stiff task for her racecourse debut at but wasn’t disgraced in finishing third behind two previous winners at Fairyhouse 25-days ago. Clearly the mare is highly regarded as she’s been upped in class for her second start. Likely to improve plenty for her first start and has each way claims.
Manisanda – 9/1 @ Bet365 (EW)
Good luck with your Wednesday bets.
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