Timeform Shortlist: Punchestown, Tuesday April 25

Punchestown's Festival begins on Tuesday
Punchestown's Festival begins on Tuesday

Timeform's free Shortlist comes from day one of the Punchestown Festival on Tuesday.

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3.40 Kildare Hunt Club Fr Sean Breen Memorial Chase 3m

Analyst's Verdict:
Enniskillen isn't getting any younger at the age of 12 but he arrives on the back of a creditable third placed effort at Gowran last month, and having twice finished runner-up in this race previously he gets the nod to belatedly shed the maiden tag under Rules. Treo Eile and Need To Know are next best.

Timeform Top Rated:
125 2. ENNISKILLEN Peter Maher Mr J. J. Codd
118§ 7. NEED TO KNOW John Paul Brennan Mr B. O'Neill
114 8. TREO EILE Shay Slevin Mr B. O. Walsh (7)


4.20 Herald Champion Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m100y

Analyst's Verdict:
Melon surely has the potential for better still over hurdles after just 2 starts and is taken to turn the tables on his Supreme conqueror Labaik, particularly as the starting misdemeanours of Gordon Elliott's charge will remain a concern until he shows he's prepared to put his best foot forward on a regular basis.

Timeform Top Rated:
174§ 3. LABAIK Gordon Elliott J. W. Kennedy
167p 4. MELON W. P. Mullins R. Walsh
153 2. CILAOS EMERY W. P. Mullins D. J.


4.55 Killashee Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) 2m100y

Analyst's Verdict:
Veinard needs everything to drop right but caught the eye once more when runner-up at Fairyhouse 7 days ago, closing all the way to the line. He gets the nod to put it all together reunited with Davy Russell. Tudor City and Adreamstillalive head up the list of dangers.

Timeform Top Rated:
154 7. VEINARD Gordon Elliott Davy Russell
153 11. DAKOTA MOIRETTE Gordon Elliott Chris Meehan (7)
150 8. MILES TO MEMPHIS Mrs Denise Foster M. A. Enright


5.30 Boylesports Champion Chase (Drogheda) (Grade 1) 2m

Analyst's Verdict:
Un de Sceaux was spectacular in the Ryanair at Cheltenham and can notch fourth a Grade 1 success in a row, most likely at the main expense of Fox Norton who is thriving for Colin Tizzard and was very impressive in the Melling at Aintree.

Timeform Top Rated:
180 8. UN DE SCEAUX W. P. Mullins R. Walsh
179 2. FOX NORTON Colin Tizzard Robbie Power
173 3. GOD'S OWN Tom George A. P. Heskin


6.05 Goffs Land Rover Bumper

Analyst's Verdict:
Early Doors was so impressive on debut that it's difficult to oppose him attempting the follow-up without a penalty, so he gets the vote to overcome a potentially formidable challenger in the shape of Rapid Escape, who powered clear in a steadily-run point earlier this year. Hollowgraphic also warrants a mention given his connections.

Timeform Top Rated:
116p 4. EARLY DOORS Joseph Patrick O'Brien Mr P. W. Mullins


6.40 Growise Champion Novice Chase (Ellier) (Grade 1) 3m120y

Analyst's Verdict:
Disko brings plenty of good Grade 1 form to the table and looks the one to beat with the return to 3m likely to be in his favour. Acapella Bourgeois paid for attempting to keep pace with Might Bite at Cheltenham but had been an impressive winner on his two starts over here prior to that and could be the one to give Noel Meade's charge most to do.

Timeform Top Rated:
165 6. DISKO Noel Meade B. J. Cooper
163 3. ACAPELLA BOURGEOIS Ms Sandra Hughes Roger Loughran
160 4. ALPHA DES OBEAUX M. F. Morris D. J. Mullins


7.15 Dooley Insurances I.N.H. Flat

Analyst's Verdict:
Cornelius Sulla was clear of the rest when runner-up in a listed event at Limerick 19 days ago and sets a high standard on that form. Stooshie only just failed at the same track 5 weeks ago and is next best, with British-raider Musical Slave making most appeal of the newcomers.

Timeform Top Rated:
117 4. CORNELIUS SULLA Joseph Patrick O'Brien Mr T. Hamilton (5)
108p 19. STOOSHIE Gordon Elliott Mr J. J. Codd
88 6. DUKE OF KILCORRAL M. P. Sunderland Mr R. James (7)


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