Mengli Can Do The Business At Punchestown4 min read
13:00 Total Event Rental (Kildare) Novice Chase
A race with a rich heritage as the Conyngham Cup, and now rebranded as the Amateur National, but there aren’t many in this field who are guaranteed to relish a stamina test in conditions, including the pair who top the weights. Last year’s first and second reoppose, but neither arrive in great form, and if there is one who might be better than his mark in here then it’s Wishmoor, who showed useful form in novice hurdles and ought to do better as a chaser given his background in points. He’s not set the world alight in three starts over the big black ‘uns to date, but he’s been looked after in defeat, and promises to improve markedly for a switch to trips in excess of three miles now handicapping. John Barry rides for Mouse Morris, and the combination should go well provided they can find an early rhythm.
14:10 Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle
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Mengli Khan blotted his copybook when running out at Leopardstown over Christmas, but had looked a huge talent when winning the Royal Bond, and I don’t think we’ll see the same antics on this right-handed track. He really only has his own temperament and Getabird to beat, and he appeals as having too many gears at this trio for Paddy Mullins’ mount. Carter McKay also represents the Mullins stable, but his bumper career was a vistory of style over substance, and he appears to have a bit to prove at this level on the back of a maiden hurdle win.
Mengli Khan win