Wednesday 28th November 2018
The midweek action has been pretty bleak to say the least on UK shores lately in the National Hunt sphere, well in my opinion anyway. So as ever my Midweek Feature once again comes from Ireland where it’s not just 2-3 runner events with a 1-12 favourite. How good is that?
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1.55 – Punchestown (Beginners Chase) (2m 20y)
Mengli Khan is set to begin his chasing career here and despite not being bred for it he developed into a very smart hurdler albeit not being bred for that either. Its going to be far from a walk in the park for him though as he looks to have quite the race on his hands with some solid opposition in the line up.
The first of the main threats to the market principal appears to come in the form of the Jessica Harrington trained Forge Meadow. She was a smart hurdler herself last term and comes here with a run over the bigger obstacles under her belt already having finished third last month in a beginners chase when a well fancied favourite. Its likely she’ll come on a lot for that experience and play a major role here. Gigginstown are also represented here by the Henry De Bromhead trained Trainwreck who won a couple of times last term over hurdles and will be looking to progress again here on his third attempt over fences following a third placed effort last time and an unseat on his first attempt.
“Forge Meadow could well prove to be tough to beat here and Mengli Khan will have to pull out all the stops which could well prove difficult on a chasing debut. He’s a classy sort though and I think said class may be the difference here to see him through”
2.30 – Punchestown (Novice Chase) (2m 4f)
“Judgement Day comes here in the form of his life chasing a four timer and despite having to concede weight all round you’d like to think he has a solid enough chance of putting on another bold showing. This is the toughest company he’s been in so far though whilst chasing and the highly thought of Poli Roi will likely be a tough nut to crack. He didn’t really take to life all that well over hurdles but judging by the performance of his chase debut he looks a different proposition over the bigger obstacles.”