Wednesday at Punchestown
We have enjoyed our previous trips to Punchestown ( 5th Agglestone Rock, 4th Kilcullen Flem) and we’re hoping for more decent efforts from the three we set off with yesterday – December Second, Nicely Indeed, and a horse that needs no introduction, particularly not in Ireland, former RSA winner & Cheltenham Gold Cup 3rd, Don Poli.
Don Poli doesn’t run till Saturday so he’ll be taking exercise round the track at Punchestown for the next few days – today though we start proceedings with NICELY INDEED in the 3.40, a 28 runner handicap which will be an absolute cavalry charge of hurdlers. Following two wins at Sedgefield, Nicely has been waiting for some give underfoot and it has been wet there the past couple of days. He is a fresh horse but we’re not thinking he is particularly well handicapped – these Irish horses have usually got a good few pounds on us in handicaps over there, but he will be trying his best in what is sure to be a fiercely competitive race. Best of luck to his small Partnership which has one set of new Owners today 🤞🏻🐎
Following the excitement of the Punchestown Gold Cup we run the 5 year old Teofilio gelding, ‘December Second’ in the Grade 1 bumper at 6.40pm. An ambitious race target possibly but he couldn’t have been more impressive on his Ayr debut and he’s bred to be high class. We know he handles a flat left handed track on good ground at Ayr but an undulating right handed track on yielding / soft ground is unknown territory. Whatever happens this evening he’s an exciting young horse – future hurdler or he has the option of a flat campaign. Since this race is confined to Amateurs, his Ayr pilot, Tommy will be watching from the beach on holiday….and hoping to reunite with him on future days.
Yesterday saw a 5th from Bahkit at Newcastle. He pulled a bit too hard early in a race without much pace and just didn’t quicken up as hoped. He looked in good order led up here by Julie in the parade ring. Paul Hanagan was the man on board.
Two recent rehoming success stories have been particularly heart warming that we wanted to share with you – Nautical Nitwit has settled in straight away with Meg & Anna and he is pictured here hacking out with Meg at the weekend.
Kilcullen Flem was retired following his Exeter run and he swiftly found a forever home with experienced TB rider, Tcina – joining her and her other lovely black horse on Monday. Tcina couldn’t wait to have a sit on and they had a great first ride, Flem very happy in his new surroundings.
And to finish, out ten year old daughter Indy and 23 year old Brandy having a spin up the gallop…
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