Due to Huntingdon being cancelled with the laying snow and freezing temperatures, Charlie has taken the day off and while there is no PN today due to the prices of what I found yesterday, I thought why waste my effort. I decided to give you all I found in a Final Word Special – Irish Edition
The meetings at Cork and Punchestown have some cracking races on the cards and a few Graded contests, so lets start in Cork, where the going is soft to heavy. Anthenean(1.15) is looking to build on the 3rd place on hurdles debut last month, when only down 1/2 a length, with the front 4, some 6 lengths clear of the rest. Already a NHF winner over 2m at Punchestown, today’s going should be no issue.
Moyross(1.50) will be hoping for success in the Grade 3 Stayers hurdle, having won both starts by over 2 lengths and was a C/D winner back in mid October.
2.20 is the Hilly Way Chase, a Grade 2 contest, which see’s the seasonal return of Un De Sceaux, who was last seen finishing runner up to Fox Norton in the Punchestown Champion Chase in April, if all is well Un De Sceaux is the class in the race although Ballyoisin, who was runner up to Disko last time out could give Un De Sceaux something to think about!
and the final note from Cork is Shattered Love(2.50) running in the Mares’ Novice Chase(G3) who was runner up last month in a Grade 2 Novice Chase contest to Jury Duty, beaten by 3/4’s of a length, with that form being enhanced by 3rd place Presenting Percy winning since and now Shattered Love drops in Grade.
We will now take the trip to Punchestown, where the going is the same as Cork, soft to heavy… Kicking us off here is Roaring Bull(12.30) who will be looking to improve from his 3rd place finish to Sharjah last month, in a slowly run contest which Roaring made a mistake two fences out and that was the end of his challenge. The Milan gelding will have no issues with the going, having already been a NH Flat race C/D winner and with the likely hood of a touch more pace, should come into his own.
Punchestown Chase(2.05) see’s the seasonal return of Sizing John and Djakadam renewing their battle…. With Sizing John beating Djakadam when they were both seen last season in the Punchestown Gold Cup by a short head. Although I possibly don’t need to remind you about Sizing John’s form, when not racing against Douvan, I will – 1 1 1 1 3 1 1 1 1, this dates back to November 2014. Djakadam won this race last season from Outlander, before going on to finish 4th in the Cheltenham Gold Cup(to Sizing John) and runner up here. Sub Lieutenant also races today, who was also placed in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and could follow this pair home, if stepping up from his two previous starts this term…..
All in all, it is a cracking day’s racing from Ireland. Please remember these are just my thought’s and are not selections.
Enjoy the racing today folks
All the best – Rich