The top class jumps action continues in Ireland on Sunday and I’m looking forward to watching the big races from Punchestown and Cork which I’ve previewed below. I hope you managed to catch my interview on Racing TV’s Friday Club. It was good to catch up with both Kevin O’Ryan and Fran Berry.
1.40 John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase (Grade 1)
It looks a terrific renewal of the John Durkan – a race where the obvious starting point has to be Min who goes for a record hat-trick in the race. He’s very talented but is also the eldest in the field. I thought we had a very talented crop of novices in Ireland last year – including Allaho who was a fine third in the RSA at Cheltenham. He travels really well in his races but I think has the pace for two and a half miles too so hopefully this will be his perfect trip and he looks my idea of the winner. Gordon (Elliott) runs Battleoverdoyen and Samcro who Jack (Kennedy) sticks with. Battleoverdoyen was very impressive the last day in the north at Down Royal where Samcro was back in third and has something to find on that run.
1.25 Kerry Group Hilly Way Chase (Grade 2)
This looks a hell of a good race but it’s very hard to get further than Chacun Pour Soi with Paul Townend having such a good record on him. The form of his Dublin Chase win at Leopardstown (pictured below) looks right out of the top drawer and I’m sure he’ll be ready for a big run following his break.
1.55 Kerry Group Irish EBF Mares Novice Chase (Grade 3)
Western Victory was third of four to two smart rivals in Shattered Love and Cabaret Queen at Clonmel and she might find this easier – despite having to give weight away. Sapphire Lady came back from a lengthy absence to win well at Thurles but this is a lot tougher for her second spin over fences.
2.30 Kerry Group Stayers Novice Hurdle (Grade 3)
The mare Sayce Gold looks very progressive and followed up her bumper win with a smooth first success over hurdles at Thurles. She now takes her chance up in grade. However, the value might lie with Henry De Bromhead’s Commandingpresence. He looked unlucky not to follow up on his debut win when falling at the last at Limerick last time in Listed company and can gain compensation here.
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