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2019 Moscow Flyer Novices’ Hurdle tips - 5/1 shot to hand Harrington Punchestown prize

Jonathan Vine 12 Jan 2019
A general view as runners leave the start at Punchestown.

Our expert takes a look through the betting for this Grade Two at Punchestown and provides readers with his tips on Sunday 13th January.

Sunday’s card at Punchestown is punctuated by the Moscow Flyer Novices’ Hurdle, a Grade Two named after one of Ireland’s most famous jumpers. Some good horses have emulated the great Moscow Flyer in winning this two miler, with Vautour, Douvan and Min featuring on the recent roll of honour.

2:50pm Punchestown Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m



Buildmeupbuttercup was a decent stick on the flat for Mick Channon, finishing fifth in the big Grade Two bumper at the Aintree Festival. On her first start for Willie Mullins, the five-year-old mare looked quite good when winning a maiden. She didn’t finish the race all that well though and this is a decent step up in grade so – despite Willie’s strong record in this race – I’m prepared to give the favourite a swerve.

Ruby Walsh rides Hattie for Willie Mullins, having ridden the seven-year-old to a narrow victory on his stable debut at Tramore. The ground was very heavy that day and Hattie needed every inch of the 21-furlong trip, so two miles on good ground may be a little sharp.

I’ve backed Felix Desjy this season and had my hands burnt. Swordsman boasts some decent form in maidens and has to be respected, but the one I like in this fairly weak renewal is JETEZ for Jessica Harrington.

Harrington’s six-year-old ended his novice season with a fine victory over Storm Rising – who has since moved to England and won two handicap hurdles – by a comfortable margin. Jetez has been tried over different trips since, but a drop back to two miles last time saw the McGrath-owned gelding secure his best career win to date.

Sean O’Keeffe’s claimer meant Jetez only carried 10-5 to post in a competitive handicap hurdle. That doesn’t take away from the impressive nature of his victory, as Harrington’s hurdler took the field along at a decent pace before streaking clear after the last to beat Cut The Mustard and Tudor City by three lengths.


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2019 Moscow Flyer Novices’ Hurdle tips - 5/1 shot to hand Harrington Punchestown prize

Our expert takes a look through the betting for this Grade Two at Punchestown and provides readers with his tips on Sunday 13th January.

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