We kick off the weekend with 7 runners at Punchestown today.
Our first runner is BATTLEOVERDOYEN in the 2mile handicap chase. He has dropped back in trip after falling last time out over 3m5f. Although his form tailed off slightly at the end of last season he was placed in Grade1 company at Christmas so takes his chances here today. Shane Fitzgerald rides and claims a useful 5lb.
In the mares novice hurdle we send ALICE KITTY down to post. This is her first time stepping up in trip to 2m3f and she keeps the cheekpieces on. We’d like to see her step forward from her previous runs so hopefully Ben Mulligan’s 7lb claim off bottom weight will see her get home in the placings.
SOVIET PIMPERNEL runs in the Ladbrokes Extra Places On Racing Every Day Hurdle. He ran well on his yard debut last time out where he was 3rd in Killarney and should go close here again today. Jack Kennedy takes the ride.
In Division 1 of the maiden hurdle, FOLIO makes his racecourse debut. He will certainly come on from the experience today and Jack Kennedy takes the ride.
In Division 2 of the maiden hurdle we send out SHOWBUSINESS. He’s been knocking on the door for a win with 7 placings from his 9 starts over hurdles and we’d like to see him get his head in front today for connections. Jack Kennedy rides.
BUDDY RICH has his first start in a handicap company over hurdles today. He finished mid field when switching back to hurdles last time out and will hopefully finish closer today. Jack Kennedy rides.
Our final runner of the day is DEMANDRIVINGDOUVAN who was very impressive when scoring by 11 lengths on his sole point to point start. He now makes his racecourse debut for new connections who are based in the USA. He certainly looks an exciting prospect and Jamie Codd will be in the saddle.