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DAVY RUSSELL: Punchestown Friday

It was the Willie Mullins show again at Punchestown on Thursday with an incredible five winners in a row. The first of them was Klassical Dream (pictured below) in the Stayers who I put in a good word for in yesterday’s blog and it really was a terrific training performance to see him win so well after being off the track for so long. That takes some doing in a Grade 1.

I was also pleased to see Dysart Dynamo stamp himself as a future star with another clear cut win. He’s clearly built on his winning debut in Clonmel and has so much potential.

It’s been an overcast kind of day in Ireland with a few drops of rain – hopefully just enough to keep it on the right side of perfect racing ground as we head into day four …..



3.40pm Paddy Power Hunters Chase for the Bishopscourt Cup

Rewritetherules, pulled up in the Aintree Foxhunters, will be a warm order in this but if he doesn’t bounce back it’s never a bad thing to have Jamie Codd on your side in races like this – so Beyond Redemption might be an alternative. He hasn’t got many miles on the clock and could still be progressive.

4.15pm EMS Copiers Novice Handicap Chase

A really competitive and decent handicap chase and my two against the field would be I’m A Game Changer and January Jets who has a nice racing weight of 10-11.

5.25pm Paddy Power Champion Hurdle

All eyes will once again be on Honeysuckle and you’d have to think that the mare would need to underperform not to add to her perfect record. The only slight concern would be that Henry (De Bromhead) hasn’t hit the target so far this week after his amazing Cheltenham and Aintree triumphs. I’ve said many times though that Grade 1’s are never handed out on a plate and she’ll again need to bring her best form to the table. I’ve got a feeling that Epatante (pictured below)Β might make her work harder today than in Cheltenham last month. She’s got nearly 10 lengths to find but I think she’ll come on a bit for Cheltenham which was her first start of the year. It was great to see Abacadabras pick up another Grade 1 for the stable at Aintree but he’s had a tough year, whilst it will be interesting to see how Goshen gets on going right-handed again but I think it will be ladies first in this year’s Champion Hurdle.

6.00pm Alanna Homes Champion Novice Hurdle (Grade 1)

Pretty much similar comments here with Bob Olinger (pictured below)Β – another runner from Henry’s that will need to underperform not to follow up on his impressive win in the Ballymore. It could easily be an action replay with Gaillard Du Mesnil chasing him home again.

6.35pm Irish Daily Star Champion Hunters Chase

Looks a good renewal with the likes of Billaway, Bob and Co, Caid Di Berlais and, from the stable, Jury Duty all making up a pretty long short list! Possibly just Billaway for me who was a good fifth at Aintree in the Foxhunters but should prefer these fences.

Good Luck