It’s the opening day of the Punchestown Festival and our team has outlined our best Lucky 15 for Tuesday’s action.
The first card of some fascinating clashes and head-to-head’s, who will maintain their form from the Cheltenham Festival in County Kildare and bow out from the 2020/21 season in the best possible fashion?
Here’s our selections.
Blue Lord | 4:15pm eCOMM Merchant Solutions Champion Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) | Dom’s Pick
Willie Mullins dominated the first Grade 1 contest of the Punchestown Festival but Paul Townend has opted for the Simon Munir and Isaac Souede representative, which could be a clue in itself.
He looks to hold better form than his Closutton counterpart Echoes In Rain, having chased home Festival winners Bob Olinger and Appreciate It earlier in the campaign.
Looking certain to at least pick up the silver medal in the Supreme in March, this is certainly not the strongest renewal of this contest in recent years, and perhaps the hindrance of giving Patrick Mullins’ mount 7lbs may not overstretch him.
Envoi Allen | 6:30pm Dooley Insurance Group Champion Novice Chase | Dom’s Pick
A race for the ages in store and it may be worth chancing the value at the top of the market, with Henry de Bromhead’s recent recruit a recent faller in the Marsh.
He was undefeated in 12 starts prior to that, though, and clearly remains with bags of potential now partnered by Rachael Blackmore.
Monkfish is without defeat in his last seven starts and has already notched up three Grade 1 victories over fences, and is without question the one to beat over his preferred trip of three miles.
Fellow Mullins runner Colreevy is worth noting as well, with the magnificent mare yet to taste a loss as a chaser and she won in the inaugural Mares’ Chase at Prestbury Park last month, albeit she will likely have her work cut out with the front pair.
Saint Benedict | 7:00pm Kildare Hunt Club Fr Sean Breen Memorial Chase For The Ladies Perpetual Cup | Reece’s Pick
Often a bridesmaid, it could pay to side with Enda Bolger’s charge, with his handler having won this race on five occasions since 2013.
He had a busy spell in March with three outings but has been kept fresh for this since and plenty of his rivals have question marks, so perhaps this is his day in the sun.
Stable-mate Youcannotbeserious has some usual form previously, but has not been seen for nearly two years and race fitness looks the obvious issue.
Whatcoloristhewind | 7:35pm Irish Field – We Are All About The Horse Flat Race | Reece’s Pick
Jamie Codd’s record in bumpers is second to none and he gets the seat aboard Denise Foster’s filly in the curtain closer on Tuesday.
By Shirocco, she holds some solid pedigree on debut and receives weight from a number of her rivals because of her age and sex.
Tuesday 27th April Lucky 15 | Punchestown Festival: Day One
- 4:15pm: Blue Lord
- 6:30pm: Envoi Allen
- 7:00pm: Saint Benedict
- 7:35pm: Whatcoloristhewind
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