Timeform Shortlist: Punchestown, Thursday April 26

The Champion Stayers Hurdle is the feature race at Punchestown on Thursday
The Champion Stayers Hurdle is the feature race at Punchestown on Thursday

Timeform's free Shortlist comes from Day 3 of the 2018 Punchestown Festival on Thursday.

"...is worth another chance having won a Grade 1 at this meeting last season..."

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3.40 JLT Handicap Hurdle 2m40y

Timeform Top Rated:
138 27. GOLDEN JEWEL Edward Cawley Reserve
137 25. APPARITION Joseph Patrick O'Brien Noel Fehily
136 18. FLAVIANA Mrs J. Harrington P. D. Kennedy (3)

Analyst's Verdict:
Park Paddocks is in excellent hands so may do better again heading into handicaps. Others worth a mention include Lareena and Chesterfield King, while Golden Jewel would also come into the reckoning if getting a run.

4.15 pigsback.com Handicap Chase (Grade B) 2m

Timeform Top Rated:
166+ 18. SUNSETSTORISE Gordon Elliott J. W. Kennedy
165 8. MR FIFTYONE Mrs J. Harrington Robbie Power
164 1. SPEREDEK Nigel Hawke Tom Cannon

Analyst's Verdict:
Sunsetstorise has already improved significantly in 2 starts for Gordon Elliott and may be capable of better yet. He gets the vote in an ultra-competitive handicap. Bon Papa, Balbir du Mathan and Cadmium head the long list of dangers.

4.50 Friends First Cross Country Chase 4m1f100y

Timeform Top Rated:
157 7. JOSIES ORDERS Enda Bolger Miss N. Carberry
156 6. CANTLOW Enda Bolger M. P. Walsh
154 3. BLESS THE WINGS Gordon Elliott Keith Donoghue

Analyst's Verdict:
Josies Orders has had a mixed season but he'll find this less competitive than he's used to and is a serious player on his best form. His stablemate Cantlow has finished second in this for the last years and rates the biggest threat ahead of Bless The Wings.

5.30 Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle (Tipperkevin) (Grade 1) 3m

Timeform Top Rated:
175 8. PENHILL W. P. Mullins P. Townend
171 5. IDENTITY THIEF Henry de Bromhead Sean Flanagan
170p 1. BACARDYS W. P. Mullins Mr P. W. Mullins

Analyst's Verdict:
Bacardys looked an interesting runner upped in trip in the Stayers' Hurdle but didn't get the chance to show all he could do, poorly placed when the tempo picked up before falling at the last, and is worth another chance having won a Grade 1 at this meeting last season. Penhill is an obvious threat after his Cheltenham Festival success, while Identity Thief seemed to relish this trip at Aintree.

6.05 Alanna Homes Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) 3m

Timeform Top Rated:
156 24. ART OF SECURITY Noel Meade Jonathan Moore
155 8. A GREAT VIEW Denis W. Cullen M. P. Walsh
154 11. SCREAMING ROSE W. P. Mullins B. Hayes

Analyst's Verdict:
A Great View arguably should have finished considerably closer than he did in the Pertemps at Cheltenham last month, keeping on well for sixth having made a chance-ending mistake 2 out and ultimately finishing with running left. He's now 8 lb better off with the re-opposing runner-up that day Glenloe, and he can come out on top. Folsom Blue is also respected.

6.40 Ryanair Novice Chase (Colliers) (Grade 1) 2m

Timeform Top Rated:
185 3. FOOTPAD W. P. Mullins Daryl Jacob
170 5. PETIT MOUCHOIR Henry de Bromhead Davy Russell
157+ 4. OPTIMUS PRIME Dan Skelton Noel Fehily

Analyst's Verdict:
It's difficult to look past Footpad, who produced a performance out of the top drawer when extending his unbeaten record over fences in the Arkle last month. Petit Mouchoir may be the one to chase him home again.

7.15 Close Brothers Mares Novice Hurdle (Listed) 2m40y

Timeform Top Rated:
147 7. GLENS HARMONY W. P. Mullins D. J. Mullins
146 10. MOYHENNA Denis Hogan D. G. Hogan
140p 16. EOLINE JOLIE W. P. Mullins Noel Fehily

Analyst's Verdict:
Glens Harmony had some decent sorts in behind when making a winning start over hurdles at Thurles in the autumn and can take the step up to listed level in her stride. Moyhenna has already finished runner-up in a Grade 3 and is much respected on the back of a good run in handicap company last time, while Dawn Shadow has reached the frame at listed/Graded level on her last 4 completed starts.

7.45 Kildare Post (C & G) I.N.H. Flat 2m40y

Timeform Top Rated:
113 3. DUNVEGAN P. A. Fahy Mr C. Fahy (7)
111p 6. RIO VIVAS W. P. Mullins Ms K. Walsh
111? 11. GALLANT JOHN JOE Oliver McKiernan Mr A. J. Fox (7)

Analyst's Verdict:
Getareason is the mount of Patrick Mullins from his stable's 5 runners and is taken to leave the bare form of his recent Donwpatrick success well behind. The same owner's Rio Vivas came clear in good style at Navan last month and may provide the main threat ahead of Voix des Tiep.

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