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Punchestown – Friday
3.40 – Grangeclare Rosa - KFM Hunters Chase – Win
Grangeclare Rosa might just be up to winning a race like this. She was placed a couple of times for Willie Mullins but was successful on her first start for Ross O’Sullivan when taking a point-to-point at Tinahely in January. A mistake at the second last put an end to her challenge at Durrow the following month but a clean round of jumping should be enough to see her home in front. Enniskillen was a moderate second to Wish Ye Didnt over the banks here on Tuesday and had earlier dead-heated with Hasty Times in a point-to-point here in February, the pair clear of Can't Pay Wont Pay and Walk And Talk. Hasty Times went on to finish third in a hunters’ chase at Down Royal and will need to show more now. Shin A Vee won this in 2009 and again last year but hasn’t run since.
Exacta – 11-2
Trifecta – 11-2-6
4.20 – Marlbrook - EMS Copiers Novice Handicap Chase – Win
Marlbrook is much improved and might just complete a hat-trick of wins. He had plenty in hand when beating Balnagon Boy to win at Fairyhouse in January and again was a most comfortable winner at Naas the following month. This will certainly be his stiffest test but he can get through it at the main expense of top-weight Avant Tout who beat Lord Scoundrel to win at Limerick earlier in the month. Balnagon Boy again opposes and is far better off at the weights and the step up in trip will also be in his favour. He can reach the frame ahead of Sambremont and Marinero.
Exacta – 3-1
Trifecta – 3-1-14
4.55 – Perfect Promise - Hanlon Concrete EBF Handicap Chase – Each/Way
Perfect Promise is back in a handicap and is worth taking a chance with. She was third to today’s top-weight Emily Gray at Fairyhouse but is 15lbs better off here and that could swing it in her favour. Solita added to her Leopardstown win in February when scoring in good style at Fairyhouse late last month and she too must be considered along with British-raiders Centasia and Cresswell Breeze who are closely matched on their Warwick clash of last month. Give Me a Break has plenty to do from out of the handicap and in the same colours, Dressedtothenines, behind Emily Gray and the selection at Fairyhouse, is a far bigger danger.
Exacta – 6-3
Trifecta – 6-3-7
5.30 – My Tent Or Yours - Grade 1 BETDAQ Punchestown Champion Hurdle – Win
My Tent Or Yours is back to the minimum trip and would be a deserving winner. He ran a terrific race on his first run in almost two years when second to Annie Power in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham where Identity Thief was well behind in sixth place. His run when runner-up to Annie Power at Aintree was over a longer trip and he should be a different proposition now. Vroum Vroum Mag also drops back in distance after her cosy success at Cheltenham but she is certainly up in class and looks vulnerable. Sempre Medici wore a tongue-tie when pulled up at Cheltenham and that might have hindered his chance. It is left off today and he should show a lot more.
Exacta – 3-6
Trifecta – 3-6-4
6.05 – Jer’s Girl - Grade 1 Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle – Win
Jer’s Girl could hardly have been more impressive when winning over this distance at Fairyhouse at Easter and she can follow up. She showed some good form over two miles but the step up in trip clearly brought out the best in her. A Toi Phil was a Grade 2 winner at Leopardstown in January but didn’t show much behind his stable companion Yorkhill at Cheltenham when a well beaten seventh. O O Seven finished a place behind him in that race but he is probably better judged on earlier runs when second to Yorkhill at Sandown in January and when winning at Musselburgh the following month. Disko is also of some interest as he returns for the first time since winning well at Naas in November.
Exacta – 9-1
Trifecta – 9-1-7
6.40 – Bello Conti - Star Best For Racing Coverage Novice Hurdle – Win
Bello Conti is a deserving favourite and the one they all have to beat. A winner at Clonmel in late December, he ran a cracker on his return behind Yorkhill at Cheltenham in March and put in another big effort at Aintree last time. His biggest danger might well be his stable companion Koshari who was a winner over hurdles in France at Christmas and makes his Irish debut here. Alamein was a good winner at Clonmel but this will be very different while Fire In His Eyes is also up in class after his runaway Wexford success.
Exacta – 2-8
Trifecta – 2-8-1
7.10 – Some Neck - Racing FX Flat Race – Win
Some Neck just lost out to Miracle In Medinah at Fairyhouse and will perhaps come out on top this time around. Earlier runs had seen her finish second to Gurteen at Leopardstown in December and to Sunni May at the same course in February and she would certainly not be winning out of turn. No Comment has also finished runner-up on his last two starts and it is interesting that he is back on the flat here after a run over hurdles at Wetherby in January. Red Giant has been absent for some time but could go well while Monalee should also be considered after his Gowran Park effort early last month.
Exacta – 21-19
Trifecta – 21-19-20
7.45 – On The Fringe - Racing Post Champion Hunters Chase – Win
On The Fringe can complete the double hat-trick. A winner at Cheltenham, Aintree and here last year, he narrowly beat Marito to win at Cheltenham in March but was a most impressive winner over the big fences at Aintree earlier this month. This is his time of year and he can again see off Marito to win. British-raider Paint The Clouds was third in the Cheltenham race where Aupcharlie was sixth and Mendip Express eighth. Give how the selection won at Aintree, it is difficult to see them reverse that form here. Salsify looks best of the rest but he had to work hard to win when a 1/6 favourite at Cork late last month.
Exacta – 8-6
Trifecta – 8-6-9
Punchestown – Saturday
2.35 – Quantitativeeasing - CME Auctioneers Cross Country Chase – Win
Quantitativeeasing was the winner of the La Touche Cup here on Thursday and can follow up over this shorter trip. He readily accounted for Cantlow and should be up to confirming that form on 5lbs worse terms. Mtada Supreme was behind Cantlow when fifth over the course and distance in January but he went on to win over fences at Clonmel last month. Oscar Day was well beaten here on the opening day of the festival but he fared better than Be Positive who unshipped his rider at the ninth fence.
Exacta – 2-7
Trifecta – 2-7-1
3.10 – Folsom Blue - Madra Irish Dog food Handicap Chase – Each/Way
Folsom Blue was running a nice race when brought down in the Scottish Grand National last time and might be the one to side with. A moderate third here in January, he was a close fourth in the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse last month and was closing nicely on the leaders when taken out with six to jump at Ayr. It was a fair way from home, but he looked to be travelling better than most. Bearly Legal was just behind the selection at Fairyhouse and he clearly has the form to run a big race while the likes of Kansas City Chief, running in his first handicap chase here, and The Job Is Right are also worth a second look.
Exacta – 4-9
Trifecta – 4-9-2
3.50 – Slowmotion - Grade 1 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Champion Hurdle – Win
Slowmotion was a good winner at Fairyhouse and she might step up again to win. She beat Rashaan by an easy seven lengths in a Grade 2 last time and is clearly an improving type. Limini was a good winner at Cheltenham but she suffered a significant reversal at Aintree and might be worth opposing. Jennies Jewel ran the race of her life to finish runner-up in the Champion Stayers Hurdle here on Thursday and could go well if turning out again while the Jessica Harrington pair, Rock On The Moor and Keppols Queen and Whiteout are also worth a second look.
Exacta – 9-5
Trifecta – 9-5-7
4.25 – Apple’s Jade - Grade 1 AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle – Win
Apple’s Jade ran out a sensational winner at Aintree and is difficult to oppose. She beat today’s rival Ivanovich Gorbatov by all of 41 lengths on that occasion, turning Cheltenham form on its head. It is difficult to see how Ivanovich Gorbatov can make up the ground but he may yet emerge as second best ahead of both Let’s Dance and Cap D’Aubois who has his first run in Ireland here.
Exacta – 3-2
Trifecta – 3-2-5
5.00 – Kayf Supreme - Palmerstown House Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase – Each/Way
Kayf Supreme is shaping up nicely over fences and should go well again. He ran a race full of promise on handicap chase debut when runner-up to Bearly Legal at Leopardstown in late January and was then an easy winner when a long odds-on favourite at Thurles. This will be infinitely harder but perhaps he can put his relative inexperience aside to take on the likes of Toon River, a specialist at Gowran Park but who ran a nice race against Fine Rightly at Cork, and the Fairyhouse Irish Grand National winner Rogue Angel. Kilford was pulled up in that Fairyhouse race but is better judged on a couple of wins at Navan while My Murphy was another pulled up in the Irish Grand National but had earlier won the big Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park.
Exacta – 9-4
Trifecta – 9-4-8
5.35 – De Name Escapes Me - Coral Handicap Hurdle – Each/Way
De Name Escapes Me is absent since November but might go well in a very open race. He is on a hat-trick of wins but runs in his first handicap hurdle here and could well have an edge over some more exposed types. He is one of nine runners for his owner who also must have a chance with Chesterfield Avenue who caught the eye when winning first time out at Naas but was well beaten in a Grade 2 at Navan subsequently. Sort It Out must also go well in the same colours while Last Goodbye and De Plotting Shed also make some appeal.
Exacta – 13-24
Trifecta – 13-24-10
6.10 – Mai Fitzs Jack - K Club INH Flat Race – Win
Mai Fitzs Jack has won two point-to-points and could be the answer to this guessing game. He has joined the mighty O’Brien stable since beating subsequent ‘points’ winner What Happens Now in February and has to be feared. Butterhill Rose represents a yard that has done well this week and another newcomer to represent a big name is Nerano. Point-to-point winners Rathnure Rebel, Stretchingthetruth and Mind Boggler are also worth a second look.
Exacta – 2-22
Trifecta – 2-22-9
6.40 – Chapter Seven - Punchestown “Carry An Organ Donor Card” Charity Sweepstakes – Win
Chapter Seven is rated all of 92 and stands out here. He has had three runs already this year and the form of his run at Leopardstown looks strong enough. Dontbackme was the winner of a maiden hurdle at Kilbeggan earlier this month and he might go well along with Colbert Station who had plenty on his plate when returning from a break at Thurles not so long ago. Jack Blue might want better ground while the same can be said for Love The Feeling and Moving On Up.
Exacta – 5-7
Trifecta – 5-7-16
Sligo – Sunday
2.20 – Erysimum - Join the Sligo Race Supporters Club Fillies Median Auction Maiden – Win
A competitive maiden and Erysimum is probably the safest choice. She ran well when runner up in a handicap at Cork on testing ground in late March having rounded off last season with a third placing behind the useful Mint Chai at Bellewstown in August. Set To Fire has prospects on the pick of her decent form which includes a third placing at Leopardstown on soft ground while her earlier second placing at Dundalk also reads well in this company. Zebgrey has failed to really progress from her first couple of outings last season but is a speedy sort that should go well while Somebodytoldme has shown enough to suggest she can get very involved.
Exacta – 1-5
Trifecta – 1-5-7
2.55 – Prove The Point - www.countysligoraces.com Handicap – Win
A very open looking contest and perhaps Prove The Point can go close. She may not have lasted out the trip when down the field over 10 furlongs at Navan recently but has definite prospects on her second placings at Leopardstown and at Dundalk before that. Top weight Hasselnott must be given strong consideration on his decent effort when fifth to the classy Awtaad in the Madrid Handicap at the Curragh in late March while Stanley Daley has been running creditably in recent weeks and should be in the thick of the action. Midst is an interesting handicap debutante for the Weld stable and she showed up well when third at Tipperary over the minimum trip recently while Fair Game would come into the equation if able to repeat her fourth placing at Cork on her penultimate start.
Exacta – 3-1
Trifecta – 3-1-8
3.30 – Bainne - Durkin Bros. Electrical Gurteen Handicap – Win
Bainne is back on soft ground and looks a leading player. She was a winner here over a trip very close to this a couple of seasons back and has held her form well ever since. She won at the Curragh last season and is going well again so far this year judged on her starts at Cork and Leopardstown while the ground might have been a little lively at Gowran Park. She has a nice draw and should hold Hidden Oasis on their run at Leopardstown. Ecoeye ran a big race at Cork at Easter but has it all to do from stall 11 while and one that makes far more appeal is the Navan runner-up Enter The Red who was a course and distance winner last year and is drawn tight on the rail.
Exacta – 6-1
Trifecta – 6-1-4
4.05 – Orangey Red - Follow Sligo Races On Facebook Rated Race – Win
Orangey Red has had two runs already the season and can land this tight affair. She showed promise on a few occasions last year and returned with a clear-cut success at Limerick earlier this month. She turned out at the same track a little over a week ago and although very well supported, could only finish fifth to Canary Row. She looks to have less to do now and is a bet to beat Sufoof who has two nice runs at the Curragh in recent weeks to her name. Pinwood was a winner on his sole start last year and he might be up against it on his return to action.
Exacta – 2-4
Trifecta – 2-4-1
4.40 – Oiche Mhaith Boy - Kennedy’s Bar Sligo Handicap – win
Oiche Mhaith Boy is taken to continue his winning run. Already this season, he was a good winner at Limerick and had little difficulty in following up at Navan. An 8lbs rise in the ratings might not be enough to stop him now and he can complete a quick hat-trick at the main expense of Spacious Sky who has some nice form going back and should improve on his Leopardstown effort three weeks ago, his first outing since October. Inis Meain has quite the burden to carry but he is the class horse on show and has two Listed wins to his name.
Exacta – 3-7
Trifecta – 3-7-1
5.10 – Dewdrop - Guinness Handicap – Win
Dewdrop has yet to win a race but certainly took a step in the right direction at Navan last time. She came from off the pace to finish third to the front-running Spader and should improve as that was her first start since October. Niven won twice in the space of three days earlier in the month but he might struggle to confirm Gowran Park form with Burma Star. She was having her first run of the new term when beaten just half-a-length into second place three weeks ago and is 2lbs better off now.
Exacta – 3-5
Trifecta – 3-5-2
5.40 - Sword Fighter - Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden – Win
Sword Fighter was trounced at Cork but should find this easier. He was a moderate second to subsequent Group 3 winner Harzand on his seasonal return five weeks ago and must do better now. Nudge is a stablemate of Harzand and she ran two nice races late last season and should be a clear second best here. The race for third place looks a little tighter and perhaps April Eighteen can win that.
Exacta – 3-5
Trifecta – 3-5-4