Tote Tipster – Punchestown Festival – Day 1

Nap of the day – Tudor City (4.55)

3.40 – Treo Eile – Kildare Hunt Club Fr Sean Breen Memorial Chase For The Ladies Perpetual Cup – Win

Treo Eile is having his third crack at this race and a winning turn might just have arrived. He was fourth to Wish Ye Didnt in 2015 and fifth behind the same rival 12 months ago but he has done well in four starts since. Winning performances at Lingstown in December where he had this afternoon’s rival Enniskillen behind him (Need To Know unseated his rider in the same race) and again at the same course last month where he accounted for Dawn N Drank and today’s opponent Mia’s Milan read very well. Enniskillen finished runner-up in this race last year and won over the course and distance under today’s rider in February. He did well again when a fair third to Foxrock and Maple Mons in the Tetratema Cup at Gowran Park in March. Need To Know has a chance on his overall form and Equal Status, which burst a blood vessel at Downpatrick late last month, might be best of the rest.

Exacta – 8-2 (Treo Eile/Enniskillen)

Trifecta – 8-2-7 (Treo Eile/Enniskillen/Need To Know)

4.20 – Melon – Herald Champion Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) – Win

Melon has a bit to find with the Labaik on their run in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival but he can turn the tables on that enigmatic rival to land the first Grade 1 of the week. The selection went to Cheltenham with only one run over hurdles to his name and ran a super race to take second place, beaten only a little over two lengths, to Labaik. He might well improve enough to turn that form around and it helps that his main rival is by no means certain to jump off on terms. On Cheltenham form, the selection’s stable companions Cilaos Emery and Bunk Off Early have a mountain to climb to get involved and another with a stiff task on that run looks to be Pingshou which went on to win at Aintree. Forge Meadow is a talented mare but official ratings suggest that she will struggle in this company.

Exacta – 4-3 (Melon/Labaik)

Trifecta – 4-3-2 (Melon/Labaik/Cilaos Emery)

 

4.55 – Tudor City – Killashee Handicap Hurdle – Win

Tudor City is possibly deserving of a big pot over hurdles and he might be worth siding with. He landed a maiden at Fairyhouse over Easter but his earlier form over hurdles reads even better and his effort behind Ice Cold Soul in the valuable coral.ie Hurdle at Leopardstown in January is probably the pick. He had this afternoon’s rivals Veinard and Light That behind him on that occasion and perhaps the former will emerge as the biggest danger here after taking second place behind Thomas Hobson at Fairyhouse last time. Roconga is back over hurdles for the first time since he won at Killarney in August of last year but he has done well on the Flat since, winning at Fairyhouse the following month and more recently at Cork 10 days ago. Adreamstillalive stretched her winning run to four with a battling success at Limerick at the end of last month and it will be interesting to see how she copes with the faster conditions here.

Exacta – 2-7 (Tudor City/Veinard)

Trifecta – 2-7-3 (Tudor City/Veinard/Roconga)

Tudor City
Tudor City

 

5.30 – Un De Sceaux – BoyleSports Champion Chase (Grade 1) – Win

Un De Sceaux looks the one. He was a very well-supported winner of the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham where he coped admirably with the good ground and can be fancied to follow up over this shorter distance. He won over a trip close to this at Cheltenham in January and similarly was successful at Sandown in early December where this afternoon’s rivals God’s Own (winner of this race last year) and Sir Valentino were in behind him. Fox Norton also had those same rivals behind him when he was a narrow runner-up to Special Tiara in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham and beat God’s Own again when successful over two and a half miles at Aintree earlier this month. Rock The World has plenty to find on figures but the ground will be in his favour and he deserves his place in the race after his Cheltenham Festival victory.

Exacta – 8-2 (Un De Sceaux/Fox Norton)

Trifecta – 8-2-5 (Un De Sceaux/Fox Norton/Rock The World)

 

6.05 – Early Doors – Goffs Land Rover Bumper – Win

Early Doors made a winning start here in February and is certainly the one to beat. The ground was heavy on that occasion but he could hardly have been more impressive in winning by nine lengths. The mount of Patrick Mullins, he is chosen ahead of Rapid Escape which made a winning start in a point-to-point at Tinahely in February and is clearly highly regarded. Willie Mullins runs Hollowgraphic, the mount of Katie Walsh, while Noel Meade is doubly represented with Danny Benson riding Cask Mate which looks to have loads to find with the selection. Boot Camp and Vision Des Flos are just two others to watch out for.

Exacta – 4-11 (Early Doors/Rapid Escape)

Trifecta – 4-11-7 (Early Doors/Rapid Escape/Hollowgraphic)

 

6.40 – Disko – Growise Champion Novice Chase (Grade 1) – Win

Disko is a worthy favourite and should oblige. He made a winning start over fences here in October and subsequent runs behind Our Duke and Coney Island at Leopardstown at Christmas and when beating Our Duke at the same track in February have a very good look to them. His third-placing behind Yorkhill at the Cheltenham Festival was another fine effort. Anibale Fly looks a clear second best. A winner over hurdles at the festival last year, his form also ties in with Coney Island and the prevailing ground should be to his advantage. Acapella Bourgeois is certainly more effective on a slower surface and he might struggle here and possibly A Toi Phil can take advantage to grab third place.

Exacta – 6-5 (Disko/Anibale Fly)

Trifecta – 6-5-2 (Disko/Anibale Fly/A Toi Phil)

 

7.15 – Stooshie – Dooley Insurances Flat Race – Win

Stooshie has shaped up well on his two starts and his racecourse experience might stand to him now. He ran a nice race when fourth to Early Doors on his debut here in February and just lost out when runner-up to Shady Operator at Limerick last month. Cornelius Sulla has had five runs and ran his best race when second to the smart Debuchet at Limerick earlier in the month. He was behind the selection at the same track in March but might be improving. Newcomers are going to play a huge part in this and the likes of The Butcher Said, the mount of Patrick Mullins, Texie Rexie, Musical Slave and Pottsie could all get involved.

Exacta – 19-4 (Stooshie/Cornelius Sulla)

Trifecta – 19-4-21 (Stooshie/Cornelius Sulla/The Butcher Said)

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