Safe to say it’s going to be a busy weekend and Saturday I have five rides at Punchestown that I am really looking forward to.
We start off with Punitive (11.45) in the beginners’ chase for Henry. This will be his first run over fences. He’s always looked a real chaser, so hopefully the bigger obstacles bring out the best in him, he has been doing well at home ahead of his first run since March.
Next up, I’m with Benruben (12.15) in the novice chase, again for Henry. He’s taken to chasing well. His battling qualities where there for all to see when he won at Roscommon the last day, beating Razoul. This is another step up for him, but he’s definitely going in the right direction and we’re more than happy going into the race.
So, then we’re onto the Grade B handicap chase where I am on Visioman (12.50). He comes into this with fitness on his side and seems very well after winning on his last two starts. He’s owned by Alan Halsall who also has Demain Des L’Aube in the race. The latter may be one to keep an eye on as he’ll enjoy the heavy going. However, we couldn’t be happier with Visioman and we expect him to go well.
Next up, I am with Fusain (14.00) in the novice hurdle. He was an easy winner at Kilbeggan but ran rather disappointingly the last day at Punchestown. He’s definitely better than that, so hopefully we can get him back to his previous form. If he can do that, he should be there or thereabouts at the business end.
In the last one of the day I am with Holymacapony (14.35) in the maiden hurdle. He won a point-to-point at Kirkistown in February. At home, he’s doing everything that has been asked of him, so we’re really looking forward to seeing what he can do on the track.