Tizzard targeting Punchestown

Mon 16th Apr 2018, 11:25

photoFinian's Oscar a possible for Punchestown
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Colin Tizzard is set to take a strong team to the Punchestown Festival next week.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning handler's squad is headlined by Albert Bartlett hero Kilbricken Storm and last week's Aintree scorer Finian's Oscar.

"We are taking Kilbricken Storm to Punchestown for the novice race, the Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle," said Tizzard.

"We've always had a little trouble with his feet. We had a run-in with them going into Cheltenham, then he came right, then he had trouble straight afterwards. But that was only for a week and he's been in full work since then so he'll be fine for Punchestown.

"I think he had the run of the race at Cheltenham because a couple in front went too fast and the second and the third were sat too far back. Harry (Cobden) was sat right in the pocket and we had a hell of an advantage. But having said that, Kilbricken Storm is a really good horse and we'll find out how just good he is in Punchestown."

Finian's Oscar was just touched off at Punchestown last season but after a mixed campaign, he bounced back to his best in Liverpool and is a possible for the Growise Champion Novice Chase.

"We'll just keep an eye on how he's come out of Aintree but he should be fine to go to Punchestown," said Tizzard.

"He's a good horse and it's only 18 months ago that all he'd done was to have won one point-to-point, so he's done a hell of a lot in a short space of time.

"Robbie (Power) looked after him on the first circuit at Aintree, he made two bad mistakes when he started picking the pace up but he's going to be a three-miler."

Sizing Granite is in the mix for the Coral Punchestown Gold Cup, while Sizing Codelco and Shanahan's Turn are others likely to make the trip.

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My Tent Or Yours has been given the green light by Nicky Henderson to contest the BETDAQ Punchestown Champion Hurdle on April 28.

THE IRISH TIMES