It’s the second day of this bonanza and there’s no shortage of top class action.
I was really impressed with Court Maid at Cork and Punchestown and she is still attractively rated. The one I am worried about is Alletrix – back over hurdles she did finish third to Laurina at Fairyhouse.
The first and second in the Triumph had a ding-dong here last year and we could have the same scenario here.
Sir Erec and Tiger Tip Tap were only separated by a neck at the track in December but Willie Mullins team feel they have improved significantly since. Ruby’s mount gets the nod.
Aramon has been passed over by Ruby in favour of Klassical Dream and that could be the one.
He finished in front of Vision D’Honneur at Leopardstown and I think he will confirm that.
Prince D’Auberelle could be a good each-way bet in this.
These handicaps are hard but I love an unexposed one and Dallas Des Pictons fits the bill. Winner of a Punchestown maiden hurdle for Gordon Elliot.
We have an Anglo Irish clash in this and Le Bague Au Roi gets the nod. Delta Work looks the real deal and will be tough to beat, however the 7lb allowance La Bague Au Roi receives just swings it in her favour.
The Irish Gold Cup had a thriller last year with Edwulf coming back from the dead to win – it nearly raised the roof off the cheer that rang out. I feel Bellshill is the one for Willie Mullins as a Gold Cup contender and if that is to be the case he must win here, so he gets the nod. Road To Respect is the one they all have to beat though.
Cubomania has some solid form to his name and I feel he is weighted to win this. Vieux Morvan ran a belter here over Christmas and has a big one in him – he is the sneaky each-way.
Has to be Patrick and Willie Mullins here for Rebel Og to end things.