DAVY RUSSELL: Punchestown Saturday

Back to Ireland on Saturday and Punchestown.

SATURDAY

PUNCHESTOWN

MITCHOUKA 12.05pm

We were a little disappointed when he was beaten on debut at Thurles but he made up for that with an ultra impressive win at Fairyhouse last time out. Picks up a penalty for the win but has an awful lot of speed and hopefully can shrug that off in this competitive opener.

MONALEE 12.35pm

Makes his chasing debut – he’s a fine big horse and has schooled well at home. Hopefully he will improve for seeing a fence. There are some very nice horses in this, I see Any Second Now has been entered up for a Grade 1 in a couple of weeks and Invitation Only won well on his seasonal reappearance last year.

FULL CRY 1.10pm

There should be plenty of pace in the race and Full Cry’s best run was his last one when beaten a short head in Wexford. He needs to put in a career best to win this but could get competitive.

SIR CARNO 1.45pm

I rode him last time at Cork when fifth and he has come on a lot for the run. Jeez was fourth in that race and also runs again. My horse will need to improve a lot with Gordon’s Flawless Escape and the Willie Mullins Burrows Saint (by Saint Des Saints) amongst the leading contenders

BARRA 2.20pm

Competitive mares hurdle but Barra will need a career best to win this as Let’s Dance will be hard to beat as she attempts to repeat her win from last year. Hopeful ours will be running into a place and she improves for her seasonal reappearance.

CHELTENHAM

In the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday there are a number of course winners in the race which is very important. The top weight Kylemore Lough is interesting on his first start for Harry Fry have previously been with Kerry Lee but I’ll take a chance with Ballyalton who didn’t run badly on his seasonal reappearance at Aintree two weeks ago and that should have put him right for this big prize.

I’ll be back on Saturday with my views on Sunday’s cracking good card at Punchestown featuring the Morgiana Hurdle.


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