Timeform Shortlist: Punchestown, Sunday 9 December

Rich Ricci
The feature at Punchestown on Sunday is the Grade 1 John Durkan Memorial Chase
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12.20 JOIN OUR 2019 MEMBERS CLUB FROM JUST €150 RATED NOVICE HURDLE 2m

Timeform Top Rated:
149p 1. DUE REWARD Henry de Bromhead Rachael Blackmore
148 5. COUNT SIMON Gordon Elliott Davy Russell
143p 3. BALLYNEETY Joseph O'Brien M. P. Walsh

Analyst's Verdict:
BALLYNEETY looked a nice prospect when making a successful to his hurdles career at Gowran recently and, with improvement on the cards, he is taken to confirm that impression by following up here. With Count Simon starting to look a shade exposed and Minella Times likely to come into his own when faced with a stiffer test in due course, the latter's stablemate Due Reward is the clear main danger.


12.55 PUNCHESTOWN RACECOURSE OF THE YEAR MAIDEN HURDLE 2m4f

Timeform Top Rated:
137p 13. SCHOOL BOY HOURS Noel Meade M. P. Walsh
128 6. CUNEO Henry de Bromhead Rachael Blackmore
126p 7. DIAMOND TURF Gordon Elliott Jack Kennedy

Analyst's Verdict:
TORNADO FLYER looked potentially top draw in bumpers and could hardly be in better hands to take his career to the next level now embarking on a hurdling campaign. He's a confident choice to make a winning start in this sphere despite the presence of a couple of above-average sorts from the Noel Meade yard in School Boy Hours and Dream Conti.


13.25 SHERRY FITZGERALD LETTINGS HANDICAP HURDLE 2m4f

Timeform Top Rated:
134 19. LILY TROTTER Eric McNamara C. P. McNamara
133 18. PARTY PLAYBOY Anthony Mullins D. J. Mullins
132 15. AR EAGLA NA HEAGLA Francis Casey Mr Conor Orr

Analyst's Verdict:
AR EAGLA NA HEAGLA showed improved form to get off the mark at Gowran 2 weeks ago, easy to understand given that was just her second start in a handicap, and makes the most appeal. Party Playboy and Jake Peter head the dangers.


14.00 JOHN DURKAN MEMORIAL PUNCHESTOWN CHASE (Grade 1) 2m4f40y

Timeform Top Rated:
180 3. MIN Willie Mullins Ruby Walsh
177 1. BALKO DES FLOS Henry de Bromhead Rachael Blackmore
173 5. SHATTERED LOVE Gordon Elliott Jack Kennedy

Analyst's Verdict:
MIN has been successful on each of his last 3 reappearances and has comfortably the best form in this field, so expect him to be incredibly tough to overhaul once he finds his rhythm in front. Balko Des Flos is the main threat on form and the likeable Shattered Love shouldn't be ruled out.


14.30 GAIN SUPPORTING LAOIS GAA BEGINNERS CHASE 2m

Timeform Top Rated:
130+ 12. MITCHOUKA Gordon Elliott Jack Kennedy
124p 11. UISCE BEATHA Joseph O'Brien Niall Madden
122p 10. PORTMORE LOUGH John E. Kiely Denis O'Regan

Analyst's Verdict:
While several of these are talented, GETABIRD is head and shoulders above the rest judged on his hurdling exploits last season. Furthermore, this former point winner looks a real chasing type and he'll prove hard to beat if jumping proficiently. Moon Over Germany is entitled to need the run following a lengthy absence, which leaves Mitchouka and Articulum as the most viable each-way alternatives.


15.05 K CLUB HANDICAP CHASE 3m1f150y

Timeform Top Rated:
131p 6. GUIDED BY YOU Noel Meade Sean Flanagan
130 8. SE MO LAOCH Brian M. McMahon Mr D. O'Connor
129p 2. CRESUS DE GRISSAY Paul Nolan Mr S. F. O'Keeffe (7)

Analyst's Verdict:
GUIDED BY YOU wasn't seen to best effect at Cork 3 weeks ago and is worth another chance to build on his promising chase bow at Galway. Se Mo Laoch and Cresus de Grissay head the dangers.


15.40 OLD HOUSE, KILL (PRO/AM) I.N.H. FLAT 2m

Timeform Top Rated:
105p 8. SANTANA PLESSIS Gordon Elliott Mr J. J. Codd
99 2. CENOTICE Noel Meade Mr M. J. O'Hare (3)
98 1. BAILY THUNDER Mouse Morris Mr S. F. O'Keeffe (7)

Analyst's Verdict:
Hard to oppose SANTANA PLESSIS, who was third in a 1-2-3 of good prospects from the Gordon Elliott yard in the Goffs Land Rover Bumper on debut here in April. Cenotice might be the danger.


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