Sunday’s racing tips – 7/4 NAP worth siding with at Tipperary

Petit Mouchoir (left) running a great race behind Buveur D'Air (second left) at Punchestown.

Petit Mouchoir (left) running a great race behind Buveur D’Air (second left) at Punchestown.

Our expert takes a look through all of Sunday’s races and picks out a strong challenger in a Grade Three Hurdle at Tipperary as his NAP of the day with Unibet.

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3:00pm Tipperary Horse & Jockey Hotel Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m

On ratings alone, Plinth and Like And Open Book hold little to no chance. Ballyoisin is an extremely good chaser, but he’s much less effective over the smaller obstacles and was found out a little at Listowel last time out.

Many Irish trainers like to giver chasers a tune-up over hurdles to kick off their campaign and you’d expect Winter Escape, who progressed very nicely in staying chases last winter, to come on from this run. This whittles the field down to just two runners and, while David’s Charm is clearly in good form, PETIT MOUCHOIR (NAP) returned to something like his best on his final outing of last season and should be too classy for his rivals here.

After his novice chasing season unravelled in the sprint, Henry De Bromhead’s charger suffered a set-back and Petit Mouchoir didn’t appear until the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown over Christmas. Three lengthy defeats followed in Grade One company, including a 40-length loss to Paisley Park on his first crack at three miles in the Stayers’ Hurdle.

De Bromhead gave Petit Mouchoir another crack at a trip further than two miles at Fairyhouse the following month, but Rachael Blackmore’s mount was picked off two flights from home and didn’t see out the trip. Cheekpieces were then employed for the first time as De Bromhead’s eight-year-old took on the best two-mile hurdlers in the land at Punchestown and Petit Mouchoir ran a cracking race from the front, where he responded well after being passed by the brilliant Buveur D’Air and was only relegated to fourth under the shadow of the post.

Front running over two-miles seemed to bring out the best in Petit Mouchoir at Punchestown and I would expect Blackmore to employ those same tactics on his reappearance. The cheekpieces which worked wonders that day remain on and if Petit Mouchoir can recreate that performance – which was good enough to beat Apple’s Jade, Summerville Boy and Melon – then he will take some stopping in this fairly average Grade Three.