After Colreevy’s demolition job on day one of the Punchestown Festival, punters were left scratching their heads as market principals Monkfish and Envoi Allen were dismantled by a brilliant front-running display from the mare.
A tough day of tipping, but the NAP of the day landed as Chacun Pour Soi breezed home in the Champion Chase under Paul Townend.
Here’s our team’s Lucky 15 for the second installment of action in County Kildare.
Decimation | 4:50pm Louis Fitzgerald Hotel Hurdle | Reece’s Pick
Lightly raced given his age, Henry de Bromhead’s charge made a positive jump in grade when only going down a neck to Ashdale Bob up in trip for the first time and that is solid form.
There are no 146-rated rivals to oppose here and the consistent Gigginstown House Stud gelding could be the one to side with here on the back of that run.
Blue Sari was going to finish a never-nearer second at the Cheltenham Festival, but has been a hot-and-cold sort thus far and looks worth taking on at the prices.
Vanillier | 5:20pm Irish Mirror Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) | Reece’s Pick
The Albert Bartlett successor was an easy winner at Prestbury Park last month after a somewhat underwhelming Leopardstown outing previously.
He’d not been disgraced before, though, and he showed at the Festival that his Dublin run was just a blip.
Now repartnered by Jonathan Moore, he can emulate Minella Indo in landing the three-mile novice hurdle Cheltenham and Punchestown double.
Sir Gerhard | 6:30pm ITM – Supporting Irish Store Sales Champion I.N.H. Flat Race (Grade 1) | Dom’s Pick
A rematch from the Champion Bumper as the two Willie Mullins stars clash once again, and the Punchestown renewal can remain in the Sir Gerhard camp again.
The undefeated son of Jeremy is the choice of Patrick Mullins which appears an obvious clue given he rode stable-mate Kilcruit to a sensational victory at Leopardstown in February.
There’s no doubt the former Tony Mullins representative was far from disgraced, rallying late and going down by less than a length, but the Cheveley Park Stud ambassador will be tough to peg back again if taking it from the front.
Snugsborough Hall | 7:00pm Guinness Handicap Chase (Grade A) | Dom’s Pick
One at a price, Liam Cusack’s 10-year-old often saves his best form for this track, winning at this meeting back in 2019 by 11 lengths.
He’s 13lbs worse off on this occasion, but has continued to be given a bit of lenience from the handicapper and ran a cracker behind Livelovelaugh at Aintree.
The pair are now separated by an extra 7lbs and with Eoin Walsh taking more weight off his back, he may go well under the radar.
Wednesday 28th April Lucky 15 | Punchestown Festival Day Two
- Decimation | 4:50pm
- Vanillier | 5:20pm
- Sir Gerhard | 6:30pm
- Snugsborough Hall | 7:00pm
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