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Punchestown Festival Saturday Runner’s Guide

Lossiemouth is in action for our star columnist on the final day of the Punchestown Festival. Look at his thoughts.

Punchestown Festival, Saturday 4 May


He has top weight in the handicap class and Brian Hayes races. I got on well with him in the Scottish national championship, but it’s a big task.

15:05 – Klarc Kent

Paul has gone for it and held up well last time in the Scottish National. He looks like he’ll come here with a great opportunity if that race hasn’t cost him too much.

15:42 – Diamond Ashroe

Ashroe Diamond was disappointed when Cheltenham stopped. She didn’t continue her Doncaster career there and will have to do better to make money here.

15:42 – Gala Marceau

He has a good chance with Danny. He may not have been at his best this year, but now would be a good time to do so. His best runs have probably come on better terrain at this time of year.

15:42 – Lossiemouth

Paul takes the saddle and we hope that if she produces her usual form, it will be enough in this race. She has been in good shape and the conditions suit her quite well.

Glengouly ran quite well in the Grand National over a long course, but was unable to finish the ride before dropping out late. If he performs like this, he’ll have a chance – terrain and travel won’t be a problem.

16:15 – Spanish Harlem

He had a good race when he came sixth in the Scottish Grand National at Ayr. In that way, he should be right up there with Danny Mullins here.

16:50 – Batman Girac

He is a difficult horse to handle, tactically, and he is hard on himself. He has a bit to do and is probably someone to keep an eye on for now.

16:50 – Pennants

He was a little disappointing in the Triumph Hurdle having been fourth behind Kargese in Leopardstown. He has good form and a high flat rating; Based on that, I think there is much better to come. We’ll see if it’s Saturday, this track could do better.

16:50 – Strong wind

He’s another one who disappointed a little at Cheltenham, but he’s got good form at this track and that can’t be ruled out.

16:50 – Heart of a storm

Danny rides Storm Heart, who was fifth in the Triumph Hurdle but was second to Kargese earlier in the season. He won here for the first time at Punchestown. He probably didn’t show his true form at Cheltenham and, back here, he will have a great opportunity.

16:50 – Kargèse

She led an absolute storm at Aintree, only tipped off by Sir Gino. A repeat of that race would make her difficult to beat. However, she is pretty hard on herself and she had a pretty tough career. I think she will be close to her.

16:50 – Miss Manzor

Rachael (Blackmore) rides Miss Manzor and will need a career-best to make the top three here.

17:25 – Olympic man

Paul takes the trip and sold a cookie at the Fairyhouse during Easter. Repetition of that form puts him in the firing line here and he is someone to follow.

17:25 – Dangerous Beauty

She is ridden by Aidan Kelly and has every chance with her claim, as long as everything goes well.

17:25 – Chapeau De Soleil

Chapeau De Soleil has probably been a bit disappointing but he won a novice hurdle at Navan last time and has his chance if he improves again.

17:25 – Rosa in the park

Kieran Callaghan rides taking £5 off Pink In The Park. He already beat him before in Wexford last year. If the soil dries out a little, it would help.

17:25 – Golden dancer

He won in France and raced in Grade 1 behind Ballyburn at the Dublin Racing Festival. He could have a good record here, his form in France is very good, we just haven’t taken him to the field where I think he could get. Which leads me to believe that he might be someone to watch.

17:25 – Ócastle Des Mottes

Danny carries it around and has liked it a lot on a couple of important occasions. He tends to be a little careful. He has a chance on this trip but he has to improve.

17:25 – Fan the fire

He won very easily in Perth last week and has his chance thanks to this low weight.

18:00 – Top of lists

This is a very nice young horse and Patrick rides him. We can’t wait to get this guy out on the track. If the soil dries out, hopefully it will help him.


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