Ruby Walsh: 6 picks to get your kicks at Punchestown on Sunday

We'll be dancin' if Francin delivers.



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Punchestown 13.45

Yanworth could be building up for a crack at Cheltenham glory where he’ll have to dethrone Tiger Roll in the Cross Country Chase. He fell on his last start at Cheltenham in the race won by Easyland and while he’ll probably be short in the market – he looks the one to beat.

Punchestown 14.15

Joseph O’Brien looks to have played it very clever with Front View who had previously run second to Envoi Allen at Down Royal last November, before bolting up in a 24-runner maiden hurdle at Cork and is going to be a leading player here.


Punchestown 14.45

The form of Francin’s third-place finish to Cobbler’s Way in a Leopardstown Maiden Hurdle at Christmas is working out well.

The winner was second last Saturday to Latest Exhibition in a Grade One at the Dublin Racing Festival, the second, Sempo won at Thurles on Thursday while The Big Getaway, who stumbled on landing with the race at his mercy at Foxrock, later destroyed the field in a maiden hurdle at Naas and now has Cheltenham ambitions.

Even the sixth-placed finisher, Aaron Day, came out and won a maiden hurdle easily at Fairyhouse last month.

The form looks red-hot and Francin will be hard to beat.

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Punchestown 15.50

This is a rated novice chase where Zero Ten looks the leading contender. He was second to Cash Back at Naas last month finishing ahead of Dunvegan who re-opposes on Sunday.

With that run under his belt Zero Ten looks set to confirm the form.

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Punchestown 16.25

Willie Mullins saddles three runners in this 3m 5f Grand National Trial where his former Aintree Grand National runner-up Pleasant Company, carries top weight.

Stablemate Ifyoucatchmenow carries 9-10 and could have an each-way chance off such a light weight in a race where a lot of these have seen better days.

Minella Till Dawn looks the one that is still going forward at the right rate of knots.

Punchestown 16.55

Ferny Hollow has posted two very expensive defeats and tries again to get his head in front. If he doesn’t we may have to chalk him down as one of those horses who just makes a habit of losing.

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