Mick Fitzgerald: Punchestown’s Sunday card could be seventh heaven

The John Durkan chase is the highlight of a very good card at Punchestown and our tip-top TV star Mick Fitz will be live on course. Here are his picks...

Mick Fitzgerald

Punchestown – 12.20

Ballyneety has some top-notch bumper form and he looked the part when winning at Gowran over hurdles. It is very hard to look past him.

Punchestown – 12.55

Tornado Flyer is a horse on a lot of people’s “10 to follow” lists and for good reason. He was one of the top bumper performers of last season. He will be well schooled for this and should be winning it.

Tornado Flyer and Ritchie Deegan wins the Racing Post Champion I.N.H Flat Race for the Conyngham Cup (Grade 1).
Photo: Patrick McCann 25.04.2018

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Punchestown – 13.25

Jake Peter will have plenty of fans here after a win at Thurles but the one I like Is Smithscorner. He got rid of his rider early last time, but I think he can get it right for Jack Kennedy.

Punchestown – 14.00

The John Durkan has been a good race for Willie Mullins in the past and he saddles the favourite in Min.

His form behind Altior looks good after the Tingle Creek.

The one that I like is the mare Shattered Love. She was really fancied for the race at Down Royal last time but got run out of it by a race-fit Snow Falcon. She will run fitter for that and can claim this special race en route to a crack at bigger prizes later in the season.

Punchestown – 14.30

Getabird is a warm order here but is very hard to see past. He took high rank among the leading novice hurdlers last season and they will be hoping for a clear round here. Mitchouka is the obvious one if anything happens.

Punchestown Tues 24 April 2018 Picture: Caroline Norris
Getabird ridden by Paul Townend

Punchestown – 15.05

Se Mo Laoch is the mount of Derek O’Connor and that is what attracts me, he is normally busy point-to-pointing on a Sunday so it’s a tip in itself that he is pitching up to ride this horse, who ran well last time getting run out of it close to home at this track in a competitive race.

Punchestown – 15.35

Santana Plessis will be all the rage after his third in the Goff’s lan rover bumper at the Punchestown festival in April. The market is normally the best guide to these races so keep an eye open. Cenotice Is the one that the market might like but the fav looks the one.

Good luck!

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