Storm Atiya is a threat to some top-quality Irish racing today but it should survive unscathed and, if so, Trainwreck is a horse of interest for Gary O'Brien...
"Trainwreck in theory should now be able to put his experience and race fitness to good use against the two chasing debutants who dominate the market - Breaken and Dunvegan - both of whom lack a recent outing."
Wind threatens to blow away Sunday's Irish fixtures
One can only hope that Storm Atiya doesn't spoil the fun for punters this afternoon, as with big names like Min, Presenting Percy and Ballyoisin set to take the stage there ought to be plenty of fireworks if both Irish fixtures do survive.
At the time of writing, officials at Cork, where an orange weather warning for wind is in place from 1pm, will possibly be the more concerned but if the forecast is correct the worst of the conditions shouldn't arrive until after the last race at each venue.
Welcome back, Percy!
As a fully paid-up member of the Presenting Percy fan club it's terrific to see him back in action in the featured John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown as there were fears initially that the injury he sustained in the Cheltenham Gold Cup could keep him off the track for much longer. As far as today is concerned it might be asking a bit much to expect him to beat the very classy Min over what is possibly the latter's ideal trip but as long as he shows some of his customary zest and runs well connections will surely be happy.
Outside of the big two don't be surprised to see a big run from Arkle hero Duc De Genievres - man of the moment Robbie Power has been booked and I thought he shaped well before appearing to blow up on his seasonal bow at Navan last month.
Trainwreck my Sunday selection
Power has a really nice book of rides to look forward to this afternoon and Trainwreck is interesting in the beginners chase at 14:20 after a reassuring effort on the aforementioned Navan card.
Chasing didn't work out for this useful hurdler last season - he failed to complete in two of his three starts - and there wasn't really any encouragement to be taken from a couple of hurdle outings in the autumn. However, there was much more to like about that latest effort on his return to the larger obstacles in the very warm event won by subsequent Drinmore hero Fakir D'Oudairies.
Admittedly Henry de Bromhead's charge was ultimately beaten the best part of 20 lengths, but in finishing fourth he had some useful sorts behind and was less than four lengths off third-placed I'm A Game Changer, who gave the form another boost when running so well in a Grade 3 back at Proudstown Park yesterday. Unsurprisingly Gordon Elliott isn't asking his charge to turn out again here and Trainwreck in theory should now be able to put his experience and race fitness to good use against the two chasing debutants who dominate the market - Breaken and Dunvegan - both of whom lack a recent outing.