Betfair Ambassador Joseph O'Brien has six runners in the final day of the Punchestown Festival this Saturday and hopes for a few winners.
Wishmoor upon a star
15:10 - Wishmoor and Young Turk
Wishmoor has been inconsistent since joining us, but his second-place finish in the Grand National Trial at this track back in February would give him a chance of getting involved. He likes to be ridden positively and if he gets some peace on the front end, he might just bounce back to form.
Young Turk is another that hasn't been overly consistent for us. This trip is very much a step into the unknown for him, but Rachael has got a good tune out of him in the past and he'll hopefully be on a going day.
16:25 - Fakir D'oudairies
Fakir D'oudairies has had a really good campaign in juvenile hurdles, winning a Grade 2 at Cheltenham and just being touched off in a Grade 1 at Aintree last time. It is a tough ask of any juvenile to run at Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown and hold their form, but he is a hardy customer and I'd be hopeful he can do that. His jumping was particularly good last time and while Fusil Raffles looks to be smart, I'd be hopeful that our fella will make him work hard for it.
Needs to smarten up
17:00 - Arkwrisht
Arkwrisht is a horse with plenty of ability, but he wouldn't be the most intelligent horse you'd ever meet when it comes to jumping fences.
He is a huge and I think it must take a long time for the instructions to reach his body from his brain! He is a good jumper in the main, but he has a habit of getting the odd fence completely wrong. He is 4lb lower than when running really well in the Irish Grand National last year, so if his jumping holds up, he has a chance of getting in the mix.
Great form sees Gorbatov shine
17:35 - Ivanovich Gorbatov and Landofhopeandglory
It was great to see Ivanovich Gorbatov finally make it back to the winner's enclosure at Fairyhouse last time. Three years is a long time to be made wait for a Triumph Hurdle winner to get their head in front again! He will always be one that needs things to drop right for him, but he seems to be in great form at the minute. He has gone up 9lb and is pretty much unproven over this longer trip, but you'd have to be hopeful that he can run very well again.
Landofhopeandglory is another one that brought a frustrating losing sequence to an end last time when returning to hurdling to win a condition's race at Cork. This is much more competitive and he is a bit of a trickster that needs things to go right for him, but hopefully they do and he can run well.