Former Talksport man Charlie McCann flags up a trio of tips at Sunday’s Punchestown jumps meeting. View Selections below
Punchestown are optimistic of staging Sunday’s meeting which sees 2011 Champion Chaser Sizing Europe lock horns again with the 2010 winner and last year’s runner up Big Zeb (2.55). The latter gets the nod with the forecast heavy ground swaying me towards the 11-year-old who did actually get his revenge on Sizing Europe at Punchestown back in May.
Sizing Europe was brilliant at Sandown in the Tingle Creek back in December but is, arguably, better on faster ground and whatever the result on Sunday Sizing Europe remains the one to beat at Cheltenham next month.
Allure Of Illusion (1.20) is another likely to be seen at his best on faster ground but Willie Mullins will be hoping to get a win into the horse before stepping up in grade. Do note that he is also entered for Saturday’s Fairyhouse meeting but that card is, at the time of writing, unlikely to go ahead.
Scotsirish (3.55) is one of a number of entries Willie Mullins has for the Grand National in the spring but he should be up to taking the PP Hogan Memorial Chase with the weights very much in his favour.
#ABANDONED# If Fontwell gets the go ahead Pocket Aces travelled well last time but he is a better horse on good ground, and Mortimers Cross (3.10) jumped for fun over further last time and can follow up albeit over an 11lb higher mark. #ABANDONED#
#ABANDONED# If Musselburgh passes its 7am inspection on Sunday Keys (2.00) who is doubly-entered at the Festival ought to win for Nicky Henderson. The selection caught a tartar in the shape of cinders And Ashes at Aintree back in December and the Lambourn trainer goes in search of faster ground.
Creekside (3.00) looks a good thing in the feature Scottish Triumph Hurdle having impressed at Catterick on debut although Henderson also saddles the German import Lyvius who is only 33s for the Triumph despite never having jumped a hurdle in public #ABANDONED#