The feature race on day four is the Champion Hurdle off at 5:30. This race is the rematch from Cheltenham between Buveur D’Air and Apple’s Jade, where neither horse ran there race. Punchestown will suit Apple’s Jade better than Cheltenham and Aintree as she can tend to jump to her right and a return to a right handed track is plus. She thrives on racing and will hopefully have no negative effects from Aintree. She has ran four times at Punchestown and won twice. I think if she put she her best foot forward she will win at 7/4.
Race two off at 4:20
Poker Party comes here after a break since February as he bypassed Cheltenham and Aintree. He has showed great improvement going up twenty two pounds since December. He was last seen winning at Naas beating a good field with some nice horses in behind. I think he can continue on his upward curve and go close at 6/1.
Race three off at 4:55
Timeforwest was last seen winning at Cork beating Kilultagh Vic. She has run in Ireland five times and has been in the first two home three times. On her Irish debut she was narrowly bet by Camelia De Cotte at Clonmel. I think she will go close at 13/2.
Race five off at 6:05
City Island has been first past the post for every start over hurdles but was disqualified at Galway back in August. He was last seen winning the Ballymore at the Cheltenham Festival with Champ back in second. Champ has since came out and won at Aintree. If he can reproduce his Cheltenham run he will win at 1/1.
Race six off at 7:10
Breaken was a very impressive winner last time out when winning by seventeen lengths and he will sharpen up from the run where his jumping wasn’t up to scratch at times. I think he will come on from that run and win again at 6/4.