Paul Ferguson has one selection for us on Thursday; Tell Us More in the Punchestown 19:45. Compare odds and bet.
Another cracking day in store at Punchestown, with Quevega going in search of her fifth Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle, while stable-mate Champagne Fever looks to return to winning ways in the Ryanair Novice Chase.
The former needs to step up on her recent Cheltenham success, but usually does here, while the latter remains capable of much better over fences and today could be the day he shines over the larger obstacles. However, there is enough to concern you (ground and fact he was beaten here last year after the Festival) to think 6-4 is too short to make him a bet. Likewise, Quevega is also best watched around the Evs mark, in my opinion.
The Willie Mullins trained horse I want to back on day three, however, is at the opposite stage of his career Tell Us More (7:45) in the concluding bumper.
The five-year-old won a point-to-point under Jamie Codd, before making a hugely impressive winning debut under rules, fairly bolting up by 12 lengths under Patrick Mullins at Gowran Park, having been well supported beforehand.
That success came over 2m2f on soft ground, so the Scorpion gelding needs to prove himself over slightly shorter and on a quicker surface this evening, but he looked all class on debut and quickly went in to my notebook as one I wanted to follow.
Kauto Grand Mogol, Klinnsman and, even more so, the once-raced four-year-old Champoleon, have all shown plenty of promise to date, which should ensure the selection faces a stern examination today (so we will learn more as to how good he actually could be) and also ensure that his price holds up this morning.
7:45 Punchestown Festival Tell Us More 10/11 Bet365
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