Charmer bids to bounce back at Punchestown

Mon 22nd May 2017, 05:00

Hidden Charmer
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Hidden Charmer might get back to winning ways in the La Touche Restaurant Rated Novice Hurdle at Punchestown on Monday evening.

Pat Doyle's charge was a clear-cut winner of a Kilbeggan maiden hurdle before he caught a tartar in odds-on-favourite Robin Des Foret at the same venue.

Gordon Elliott's recent Downpatrick winner Westland Row is likely to play his cards late and looks the danger.

Joseph O'Brien's Cook Islands starts his jumping career in the www.punchestown.com Maiden Hurdle and has to be of interest after reaching a mark of 99 on the Flat for Aidan O'Brien.

Yeats filly Miss Sassie could take advantage of bottom weight in the Punchestown For Events Mares Maiden Hurdle, after a promising third place at 25-1 in Wexford.

A full field of 25 runners are due to contest the Panoramic Restaurant Handicap Hurdle where Wee Tiger should be competitive on the back of a runner-up finish in Tipperary.

Sharps Choice has been a beaten favourite no less than five times but has a good opportunity to get that elusive win in the Adare Manor Opportunity Maiden Hurdle.

Emigrated put in a solid performance at Downpatrick to chase home the favourite Presenting Julio and he can go well in the Punchestown For Events Handicap Hurdle.

Vocarium won over this course last month and sets the standard in the extended two-mile bumper.

However, he has to give weight away to Los Alamos who kept on to be third in Down Royal. The runner-up there, Cornelius Sulla, has since won to add value to the form.

THE IRISH TIMES