Some interesting cards at Punchestown and Southwell and Sam Boswell is back to pick out his top tips for the days racing.
The 15:25 at Punchestown is a 1m1f Fillies Maiden race. There’s a real mix of horses in amongst the 14 runners. It looks like the race will be contested on softer ground. There’s plenty here that have rattled the crossbar plus a few that are relatively unexposed by comparison. There’s a few of interest – I think Orchard Gardens brings a decent level of form to the table for Mick Halford, but has had plenty of attempts to land a first win. You would expect, as ever with Aiden O’Brien horses, Grenadine is a nicely bred individual, but has yet to set the world alight and was last seen finishing 7th last time out.
I’m going to take a chance and back the unexposed Apricot Rose of Dermot Weld’s. This horse has just the one career start, finishing 2nd at Killarney in a Median Auction Maiden. Whilst that perhaps wouldn’t be the strongest race going, the visual impression in how the horse kept on was pretty taking behind Fearless Girl last month. I think the fact that we know that Oisin Orr’s mount will handle the softer ground is encouraging. The yard are in decent form as well and I think Apricot Rose might be a bit of a price in this field.
At Southwell, the twilight jump card gets underway at 16:00. But it’s the 17:30 I’m interested in – the 2m Juvenile Hurdle. Sometimes juvenile hurdles this time of year can be quite hard to call but there’s a very interesting newcomer in the race for David Pipe, making his stable debut for the yard. His first start over jumps, this horse was a winner in his last two starts in France over the 1m2f trip on a good surface. You’d be really surprised if he couldn’t make a big impression on his first start over hurdles.
The yard have been in the winners recently, including one here a little over a week ago. I think Tom Scudamore will get a good tune out of Ranco. This horse could be a cut above the rest in this 10-runner field.