Six selections for Punchestown

By Luke

The feature race at Punchestown is the Grand National Trial off at 4:20. I like Solomn Grundy who finished fourth in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown. He was staying on after making a mistake three fences from home. The extra four furlongs will suit and can help him go close with Tom Scudamore coming over to ride him.

Race one off at 1:45

Josies Orders looks like the most likely winner to me. He has won on the cross country course at Punchestown before. He has run twice this season, winning one of those and finishing third, both races were at Cheltenham. He is the one to beat. I think Home Farm could run a good race and finish in the places at a double figure price.

Race two off at 2:20

La Sorelita has run twice in France and twice in Ireland. She finished behind Surin and Gardens Of Babylon. Them two have since finished second and third in the Grade one Spring Juvenile at the Dublin Racing Festival. She gets weight of every horse in the race because she is a four year old filly. I think she will improve from her last run and hopefully go close.

Race three off at 2:50

Discordantly has finished third on his two outings over hurdles. On his first run at Cork he was beat 5 1/2 lengths by Fakir D’oudairies. Emily Moon finished down the field that day and she has came out and won by a wide margin today at Naas. On his last run at Navan he finished behind Moratorium who has since came out and won again. I think there is more improvement to come which could make him hard to beat.

Race four off at 3:20 

Load Up Time has finished third and fourth on his last two outings. The horse that finished seventh at Navan was Eviscerating, that horse came out and won a handicap hurdle at Naas today. I think there is more to come off a mark of 97.

Race five off at 3:50

Riders Onthe Storm was third in a grade one over Christmas at Limerick. The second and fourth have since came out and finished third and fourth in the Flogas Novice Chase at the Dublin Racing Festival. The fifth at Limerick was Beyond The Law who has since finished second behind the smart Reel Steel at Fairyhouse in late January. I think his form is working out nicely. I think he can get his head infront on the third time of asking over fences.

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