Loader’s Lucky 15 – Four tips for Punchestown
Chris Loader combines his top four bets at Punchestown into this Lucky 15 on Sunday 9th February.
It’s difficult to predict what meetings will be on Sunday as Storm Ciara ravishes Britain & Ireland. I’m hoping Punchestown will be able to survive as they host the Irish Grand National Trial.
Sunday’s Lucky 15
The five-year-old has already shown that he could be classy individual moving forward. He’s already bumped into the likes of Envoi Allen on hurdles debut at Down Royal and then went on to score at Cork. That victory has already been boosted by Uhtred winning a useful Listed Bumper. Already a course winner, I think the son of Konig is the one to beat.
Francin looks to be the banker on the card and his form at Leopardstown is now appearing rock solid. In recent weeks Sempo, The Big Getaway & Aaron’s Day have all come out and won. Before appearing in November the seven-year-old had not been seen on the racecourse for almost two years after sustaining a setback. It looks now he’s putting that behind him and Willie Mullins has found a race to break his maiden tag over obstacles.
Zero Ten bumped into a decent prospect for the Arkle in the shape of Cash Back at Naas. Today looks a good opportunity for the son of Shantou who’s already got lots of strong form in the book. In this race our selection will be reopposing Dunvegan who he comfortably brushed aside last time out. If he gets into a nice rhythm he should add another win to his career tally.
Space Cadet will need some forgiveness in this race after being pulled up in the Welsh National at Christmas. Prior to that the ten-year-old ran an eye-catching race to finish fourth in the Troytown at Navan. I believe he has a decent handicap in him and it possibly could be the Irish National. His trainer Gearoid O’Loughlin who’s runs a small operation fielded a winner earlier in the week and knows how to get one ready. I think be an interesting price before the start of the race.