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Punchestown Festival: DOM’S NAP | Thursday’s Best Bet

Can Gavin Cromwell’s excellent stayer complete a Cheltenham and Punchestown Festival double?

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Horse Racing - Cheltenham Festival - Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Britain - March 18, 2021 Danny Mullins riding Flooring Porter wins the 3.05 Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle Pool via REUTERS/Michael Steele
Punchestown: Flooring Porter | 5:25pm Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle (Grade 1)
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With yesterday’s flat longshot and NAP of the day both landing, our team has identified our best selection for Thursday’s action at Punchestown.

Horse Racing - Cheltenham Festival - Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Britain - March 18, 2021 Danny Mullins riding Flooring Porter wins the 3.05 Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle Pool via REUTERS/Michael Steele
Flooring Porter is the one to beat on day three of the Punchestown Festival

Gavin Cromwell’s recent Stayers’ Hurdle king Flooring Porter is chanced to follow up his Prestbury Park success in County Kildare, now renewing his partnership with Jonathan Moore.

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Danny Mullins steered the 6-year-old to a glorious victory in Gloucestershire last month, landing a second Grade 1 after his Leopardstown win post-Christmas.

WATCH: FLOORING PORTER WINS AT THE 2021 CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL AS HE BIDS TO LAND THREE SUCCESSIVE GRADE 1’S AT PUNCHESTOWN [CREDIT: RACING TV]

He made light work of Thursday rival Beacon Edge that day and despite that one’s benefit of course experience, there’s no obvious reason why the form will be overturned here.

Irish runners race at the 2010 Punchestown Festival at Punchestown Racecourse
There are a further two Grade 1’s on the third day of the Punchestown Festival this Thursday

Ronald Pump missed the Festival through injury and his form with Honeysuckle from their Hatton’s Grace Hurdle encounter looks the best piece of substance in the race, but the lack of a recent run is perhaps a concern.

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