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     Punchestown - Saturday 18th Nov.

Nap of the day - Close Shave (1.10)

12.05 - Mitchouka – Luna Bar Supporting Cavan 3-Y-O Hurdle - Win

Mitchouka was a facile winner of a very ordinary contest at Fairyhouse last time and is probably good enough to go in again although this is a stronger race. A Place Apart ran well last time on the flat on testing ground and should make his presence felt while Cosy Club has each way claims on his decent fourth at Down Royal on his last hurdle outing. Minnie Dahill probably wants better ground than this but is respected while any market support for North Carolina, absent since finishing fourth on his only racecourse start at Naas in August 2016, would be worth noting as he would not have to be anything special to get involved on his hurdling debut.

Exacta- 1-10 (Mitchouka/North Carolina)

Trifecta- 1-10-5 (Mitchouka/North Carolina/Callthebarman)

12.35 - Monalee – Racing Post Stud - Staff Beginners Chase - Win

A tremendously strong beginners’ chase in prospect with some very useful novice hurdlers of last season going over fences for the first time and Monalee, second in the Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, is put forward as the selection. Invitation Only represents top connections and must be respected on the limited evidence of his form to date while Any Second Now was a decent sort over hurdles last term and looks a chaser in the making. De Name Escapes Me and Sutton Manor has shown reasonable form over fences to date but may have to settle for a supporting role in this event.

Exacta- 6 - 4 (Monalee/Invitation Only)

Trifecta- 6 - 4 - 1 (Monalee/Invitation Only/Any Second Now)

1.10 - Close Shave – TRI Equestrian Stable Staff Handicap Chase - Win

A very competitive handicap chase in store and Close Shave might be capable of winning on his first start in a handicap. He was a capable hurdler and has taken well to fences on the evidence of his latest win at Thurles and his previous second at Galway. Rock On Fruity was brought down at an early stage of the Munster National last time and is better judged on his earlier effort against a useful sort in graded company at Roscommon. Coeur Joyeux is getting his act together over fences and should be capable of making a bold bid while recent Naas winner First To Boogie is 8lbs higher in the ratings now but has his chance off a low weight. Top weight Sumos Novios has not run since finishing third in the Leinster National at Naas last March but is a classy sort that could go well if fully ready for this while Laid Back Luke is another with each way prospects.

Exacta- 7 - 6 (Close Shave/Rock On Fruity)

Trifecta- 7 - 6 - 8 (Monalee/Invitation Only/Laid Back Luke)




1.45 - Burrows Saint – Kildare Now Maiden Hurdle - Win

A big field with some interesting contenders but French import Burrows Saint may be good enough to score. This one was placed on several occasions over hurdles and fences when trained in France last year and is likely to be fit and ready for the powerful Mullins/Walsh combination. Flawless Escape justified shorts odds when easily winning a Roscommon bumper on soft ground in late September and should be capable of going close while Jetez shaped well on his first hurdle start at Cork two weeks ago and can reach the frame again. Triplicate was a capable sort on the level when last seen in action in August 2016 and with the stable in great form he could play a role while Eamon High ran well in a lesser event at Wexford on his racecourse debut and may well be good enough to get involved once again.

Exacta- 4 - 12 (Burrows Saint/Flawless Escape)

Trifecta- 4 - 12 - 19 (Burrows Saint/Flawless Escape/Triplicate)

2.20 - Let’s Dance – Frontline Security Grabel Mares Hurdle (Listed) - Win

Let’s Dance can follow up last year’s win in this race. She developed into a high class performer last season going on to win the mares novice hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and is likely to be fit enough to take this on her way to better things. Barra was runner up to Let’s Dance at Cheltenham but her form since then has been relatively disappointing and she needs to step up on her recent runner up placing at Wexford. Forge Meadow was a Grade 2 winner last term but her recent form has been well below that effort and she needs to recapture her best to make an impact while Dawn Shadow and The Kings Baby are two nice mares who have been doing well of late but both face a stiff enough task at these weights.

Exacta- 2 - 3 (Let’s Dance/Barra)

Trifecta- 2 - 3 - 7 (Let’s Dance/Barra/Dawn Shadow)

2.55 - Synopsis – Ladbrokes Stud - Stable Novice Handicap Hurdle - Each/Way

A small field but a tricky contest and while she must step up on what she has shown over hurdles to date, Synopsis could be the right solution. She was a good winner of a fillies’ handicap at Navan last month and her proven ability on testing ground could be an important factor in this contest. Geneva Barracks was a close up fourth in a tight race over this course and distance here last month and must enter calculations on the back of that display while top weight Templemore Dream shaped well when winning a Wexford maiden hurdle last time out and remains open to plenty of improvement. Alcander has attracted support on a couple of occasions in the past and looks the pick of the remainder.

Exacta- 2 - 3 (Synopsis/Geneva Barracks)

Trifecta- 2 - 3 -1 (Synopsis/Geneva Barracks/Templemore Dream)



3.25 - Athenean – Goffs Stud - Stable (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race - Win

A very poor turnout numerically and while Athenean showed a bit of promise when finishing in midfield in a Punchestown Festival bumper on his only run to date last April it is likely that Rhinestone will be good enough to make a winning debut. This one is a son of Montjeu and is sure to be fit and fancied to go very well on his debut. If the betting market speaks in his favour, he is likely to win on his way to better things. Cesar Du Gouet attracted market support when a remote fifth on his only run at Leopardstown in January 2016 and Patrick Mullins is an interesting booking for him although he is likely to be the outsider of the field.

Exacta- 3 - 2 (Rhinestone/Athenean)

Trifecta- 3 - 2 - 1 (Rhinestone/Athenean/Cesar Du Gouet)

3.55 - Dalton Highway – Up The Yard Challenge Race - Each/Way

A great initiative and hopefully all goes well with this event. Dalton Highway ran well in the November Handicap when a fair fifth to Swamp Fox and is given the nod over the capable Neverushacon who is a decent sort over hurdles, fences and on the level. Taglietelle was not in the best of form last season but his overall form reads very well for a race like this and he won’t be far away while Very Much So is an intriguing runner. He has been plagued by injury for most of his career but his bumper form is very good and if ready on his first run since late April 2016, he must be considered as a strong contender.

Exacta- 2 - 3 (Dalton Highway/Neverushacon)

Trifecta- 2 - 3 - 14 (Dalton Highway/Neverushacon/Very Much So)