25th April 2017 – Punchestown – He stayed on strongly from the second last hurdle to close the gap on the two leaders. Given the way the race was run it was no surprise to see him surge ahead of his better fancied stable companion. I suspect he is flattered by this result as the two leaders took each other on from half way and probably paid a hefty price in the finish. This was only his fourth run over hurdles and, based on this one, he could well improve over further next season.
25th April 2017 – Punchestown – His trainer was expecting him to come out on top of his three in the race. He will still probably be regarded as comfortably the best Mullins novice hurdler after this performance. Ruby rode him very positively in a duel with Pingshou from half way and, although he came out on top in that battle, he had nothing left when taken on by his stable companion from the last flight. This was only his third run over hurdles and he can take high rank next season.
25th April 2017 – Punchestown – He paid for trying to take on the favourite from half way round. He is probably better than this and can improve again as he has progressed significantly in his latest two runs. His best form has been on good ground this season.
25th April 2017 – Punchestown – She was strongly fancied for Cheltenham and again here. She has clearly not performed to the level expected on the track thus far. There is time yet and maybe she is just not quick enough for this trip.
Bunk Off Early
25th April 2017 – Punchestown – Once again he was let down by his jumping. This was only his fourth try over hurdles and he can improve and win a good race next season providing he improves over his hurdles. One would think he will be extensively schooled as his form with Bacardys now looks very good. Presumably he will be best over the minimum trip.
Peter The Mayo Man
25th April 2017 – Punchestown – He is only a 137 horse but still dropped out very tamely here.
25th April 2017 – Punchestown – Refused to race.