Paul Ferguson has one selection for us on Wednesday; Shanahans Turn in the Punchestown 16:55. Compare odds and bet.
The Grade 1 Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle looks a really warm contest, with Cheltenham and Aintree winners, Very Wood, Don Poli and Beat That, all locking horns.
This trio are greatly respected, with marginal preference for Nicky Henderson’s impressive Aintree winner, but a chance is taken on Shanahan’s Turn (4:55) at the odds (33-1 overnight).
An impressive maiden hurdle winner over Christmas, he was then given a lengthy break before shaping really well for a long way behind yesterday’s hugely impressive winner Faugheen, in the Neptune at Cheltenham.
Still in the mix until the penultimate flight, the six-year-old should relish the drying ground and the step up to 3m this afternoon. He was just behind Lieutenant Colonel (winner next time) and Cole Harden (runner-up to Beat That at Aintree next time) at Cheltenham and looks over-priced for the connections of Sizing Europe. He looks worth a small each-way interest on a very competitive card.
4:55 Punchestown Festival Shanahan’s Turn 33/1 Stan James
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