This weekends action could be considered the quiet before the storm that will be the fantastic Punchestown Festival. Five days of great racing with lots of exciting races and horses coming over from across the Irish Sea. By the looks of things Buveur D’Air and Defi Du Seuil lead the British challenge, but before that we have two cards on Saturday and two cards on Sunday.
I have two selections at Wexford and the first of those is Three Stars who runs in the second race off at 2:30. He hasn’t been in great form over fences this season and the switch back to hurdles seemed to make him spark back to some of his old form. He was last seen finishing second over hurdles at Leopardstown. Tombstone won on that occasion and Count Simon was back in third. Count Simon has since came out and won at Perth off a mark of 133. Three Stars runs off a mark of 130 and if he reproduces his Leopardstown run I think he will be hard to beat at 3/1.
Race three of at 3:05
No Way Jack was last seen finishing second at Fairyhouse. That was a major improvement from what he had shown in Maiden Hurdles. He ran a better race than the five length second suggested, it looked between himself Breesy Mountain coming to the last when Bressy Mountain came down and hampered No Way Jack. Scotch Quay got the perfect run up the inner. No Way Jack would have been closer only for his mistake at the last and being hampered. If he can reproduce that run he will go close at 3/1.
My first selection at Limerick comes in the first race off at 1:35
Dianthus ran a nice seasonal reappearance at Gowran earlier this month. She led for most of the race before being past inside the final furlong. She has never ran over shorter seven furlongs and tries six furlongs and one hundred and fifthy yards which is only seventy yards short of seven. I think she will come on for the run and think she has an each way chance at 9/1.
Race three off at 2:50
Bodhicitta ran a nice seasonal reappearance at Cork last weekend. She finished second to the race fit Isotope who had been kept busy at Dundalk through the winter. Last year she ran two very promising runs when finishing second at Gowran and Killarney. I think this is her opportunity to break her maiden and win at 9/2.
Race eight off at 5:30
Royal Admiral has been a model of consistency for Ado McGuinness. Since August 2018, he has run seven times and been out of the first three once when he finished fourth in October 2018. He ran a nice reappearance at Dundalk finishing third over one mile and two furlongs. The step up in trip should be a help and I think he will go close at 4/1.