There’s a few in here who will be tuning up for the Cross-Country race at Cheltenham.
Ballycasey is in good form and will love the good ground at Punchestown but Enda Bolger’s Josies Orders will be extremely hard to beat.
The likely favourite Chosen Mate won very well at Fairyhouse and sets a good standard in a race where Henry de Bromhead’s Sinoria won well at Down Royal and Tintangle has shown flashes of form.
I ride Prince D’Aubrelle for Willie Mullins who was a non-runner last weekend because of the quick ground but did win well on his last start at Tipperary.
He’s fragile, but talented, winning three bumpers and a maiden hurdle in five starts. His stablemate La Sorelita hasn’t quite lived up to expectations but has a nice racing off 10-2.
However, Prince Daubrelle looks my best ride of the weekend.
This is an open-looking contest but Glamorgan Duke put in a very eye-catching run when third in a novice hurdle at Naas on his first run two weeks ago.
He could be a bit of value.
Don’t discount Martin Brassil’s Take Revenge who ran second here over course and distance in December.
This looks harder than trying to do a Rubik’s Cube in the dark, so I’ll leave it alone.
An interesting novice chase where Impact Factor and Dr Mikey both like to force the pace. That will make it a strongly-run race and could set it up nicely for Emmet Mullins’ St Stephens Green.
Willie Mullins has three runners in Some Neck, Isleofhopendreams and Orion DAubrelle.
There’s a lot of runners in this who ran in the Thyestes Chase last month or ran in the Paddy Power Chase at Christmas.
Isleofhopendreams ran a poor race in the Thyestes, but did the same last year before finishing second here 12 months ago. A run really helps him to improve.
Orion DAubrelle ran better than his finishing position in the Paddy Power Chase suggested and has a nice back on his weight with 10-1.
Some Neck fell early in the Thyestes Chase but I schooled him on Friday morning and was happy with him. He’s just an okay jumper, but I think he has a strong each-way chance in what’s a very competitive contest.
We’ve nothing in this but Patrick Mullins rides Cavalry Master for Henry de Bromhead. Gordon Elliott’s Cats for Cash looks to be one of the leading players as does Dinny Lacey for trainer James Motherway. Again, it may be best to follow the market.