Punchestown Preview – Sunday’s Star Trio
Analysis of an Exciting Card in Ireland on Sunday
Racing in Ireland comes from Punchestown on Sunday which features two graded contests and some star quality performers. Our expert editor has picked out a few star names to follow on the card which are outlined below.
Dysart Dynamo (12:15 Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle)
Willie Mullins is double-handed in the opening contest with two smart individuals including Hawai Game who won comfortably on hurdling debut at over an extended 2m2f at Naas in December. However, the drop back in trip isn’t sure to suit compared to his stablemate DYSART DYNAMO who has looked a strong and quick type over 2miles and will look to maintain his unbeaten record after an impressive first time out success over hurdles last time out at Cork.
Dysart Dynamo had previously landed two bumper events at Clonmel and Punchestown before making his hurdling debut and certainly looked a top-class prospect in the making when routing his rivals from the front on the first start over the smaller obstacles last time out when quickening clear to win by 19l.
There was never a moment of concern on hurdling debut as the six-year-old attacked his flights with great efficiency and he certainly looks a star in the making for trainer Willie Mullins and with further improvement to come, he can climb the ranks as a leading novice hurdler this term and is one to look forward to.
Goven (12:45 20% Off Festival Tickets Maiden Hurdle)
Willie Mullins landed this event last season and although disappointing on hurdling debut at Leopardstown on Boxing Day, it’s worth supporting GOVEN to get off the mark over hurdles on the second start now contesting a weaker maiden hurdle.
The six-year-old was returning from a 408 day-break after previously landing two flat races when trained in France. The French import was certainly set a tough ask on reappearance when lining up in a maiden hurdle behind highly regarded stablemate at Champion Bumper winner Sir Gerhard and certainly shaped as in need of the initial hurdling experience.
Goven represents top connections and he should be able to leave that last run behind him as he now tackles a more winnable contest on the second start for Willie Mullins.
Bob Olinger (14:20 Kildare Novice Chase)
Sunday’s Grade 3 contest has an illustrious roll of honour from seasons gone by including the likes of Vautour, Yorkhill and most recently Envoi Allen. Another star name can add his name to that list on Sunday in the form of exciting star novice BOB OLINGER who was last seen making a winning start to life over the larger obstacles in November at Gowran Park when brushing aside Barcardys by 6.5l.
The likes of the useful Gaillard Du Mesnil and recent Naas winner Capodanno will ensure that Sunday’s contest will not be a walk in the park for Henry De Bromhead’s charge but there is no doubting that Bob Olinger appears to be a top-class chaser in the making and the dual Grade 1 winning hurdler could excel further as his season progresses over fences.
The former Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle winner already heads the betting in the Turners Novices’ Chase at this year’s Cheltenham Festival and all eyes will be on Henry De Bromhead’s charge as he bids to maintain his unbeaten start to his chasing career.