Punchestown Festival Blog: Day 4

SAMBREMONT and O O SEVEN Both Have A Good Chance On Day 4 Of The Festival

THE BROCK INN ran very well yesterday, coming second to ELUSIVE IVY. I think cheek pieces will be ideal for him next time though because he was very idle in the race. I rode LIEUTENANT COLONEL in the Champion Stayers Hurdle yesterday, who ran OK but really, I was a bit disappointed with him. BURGAS ran very well, coming third in the Murray Spellman Handicap Hurdle. He didn’t settle well enough though, but I think he’ll make a lovely chaser next year. I thought HEAD TURNER could come close yesterday, but the ground was too soft for her which was disappointing.

SAMBREMONT won a Grade 2 at Navan back in February and then ran at Cheltenham where the ground was too quick for him, but I’m hoping he has a great chance today in the 4.20 Handicap Chase.

FETHARD PLAYER is a great little horse and I’ll be riding him again in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle at 5.30. He didn’t want to run with top weight in Handicaps, but he’s very consistent and if there are holes in the rest of the field then he will be there to pick up the pieces.

In the Champion Novice Hurdle I’ll be on O O SEVEN who ran very well on soft ground in the Tolworth behind YORKHILL. He seemed to have a messy race at Cheltenham in the Neptune, but ran well to a point, and if he can reproduce his Tolworth run then he’ll have a chance today at Punchestown.

My final ride of the day is on ALAMEIN in the Novice Hurdle who looked a bit frustrating the last day but put it together and won impressively. He’ll need to improve again to have a chance today, but Mouse says he’s in good form.