The Punchestown National Hurdle has become a highlight of the racing festival. Won by Jezkiin last year, it has been a regular stomping ground for Hurricane Fly in 2012 and 2013. Trainer Willie Mullins will be hoping to add to his record in the race and turns to new jumping starlet Faugheen to do so.
The seven-year-old put in an impressive performance over the jumps at Cheltenham this year, seeing off stable companions Hurricane Fly and Arctic Fire to complete a tricast for his trainer.
His form heading into the festival outshines his challengers with him having won all nine of his call to orders.
Priced at 1.20 he is price is incredibly short but it could be even shorter.
Ridden by Ruby Walsh Faugheenlooks unstoppable and is worth rolling up into a double with On The Fringe.
Mullins to Show His Punchestown Prowess
If there is one trainer that catches the attention of every punter at Punchestown it’s Willie Mullins. The Irish trainer has made the festival his own and will be looking to add to his tally of winners in the Tatterstalls Ireland Novices Hurdle when Nicholas Canyon takes to the track.
Only a baby in terms of jumping, the five-year-old already has an impressive string of wins to his name including the World Famous JUST EAT Mersey Novices’ Hurdle where he saw off AP McCoy and Parlour Games by four and a half lengths.
Ridden by Ruby Walsh, Nicholas Canyon is our best bet priced 2.38.
Bet of the Day
Punchestown 7:45 On The Fringe
The Racing Post Champion Hunters Chase has become a favourite of On The Fringewho has won the race twice already.
Winning at the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals, the ten-year-old looks to be the one to beat and continue his dominance for trainer E Bolger.
Ridden by Nina Carberry, On The Fringe is priced at 1.67.
A Faugheen/ On The Fringe Double pays 1.88, while a Faugheen/ On The Fringe & Nicholas Canyon treble is well worth a look at odds of 3.77