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DAVY RUSSELL: Punchestown Saturday

Well, it’s the final day of what’s been a great week, or should I say a great week for that man Willie Mullins. You have to take your hat off to him and I don’t think there has ever been a better trainer for targeting the big meetings like him. He’s shown that if he doesn’t hit the board with the first dart then he’s a second, third or even fourth string to pick up the pieces. I’d say it would be some hard job picking the right one if you were his stable jockey. Anyway, he has some team of horses that would be the envy of any trainer in the world, but he does some job producing them on the big days. Looking ahead to the final action of the week and there are another two Grade Ones to enjoy…



3.20pm Mares Champion Hurdle

A field of nine are set to line-up for this and, you guessed it, four are trained by WP Mullins. He’s responsible for the top two in the betting in the shape of Concertista and Stormy Ireland, while Burning Victory and My Sister Sarah make up his team. I’d say that Concertista (pictured below) is the one to beat and she ran well in Cheltenham only being touched off by Black Tears in the last strides. She’s really smart and will take some beating. Skyace is some novice and won her Grade one the last day. She will break up the Mullins team but shouldn’t be good enough to beat the favourite. If there was one at a huge price, then My Sister Sarah could go well. She ran okay in Cheltenham and her wind operation may see her step up again.

4.00pm Champion Four Year Old Hurdle

This looks a fascinating renewal Quilixios and Zanahiyr taking each other on again after the Triumph Hurdle. I just felt that Zanahiyr was just too keen in Cheltenham and was never able to show how good he really is. With that run under his belt he should step forward again and there shouldn’t be much between the pair. Having said all that, with the form the Mullins team are in, it’s hard not to think Haut En Couleurs isn’t going to be a big player. That was some first run for his yard in Cheltenham and if he takes a big step forward, both Zanahiyr and Quilixios may have their work cut out.

That’s it from me for a while and I hope you have enjoyed reading my blogs and watching the Star Sports Zoom rooms. I’ve no real break planned as I will continue to work really hard on getting back in the saddle. I’ll be back with my thoughts on the Galway Festival and will keep you up-to-date on my recovery.

Good Luck