Take a chance on Cooldine overturning the form book

TAKE a chance on Cooldine turning-over Denman in the Guinness Gold Cup at Punchestown this evening.

Strictly on their running in the Cheltenham Gold Cup the selection is a remote possibility, but life is never quite as simple as that!

Denman returned to form that day, finishing seven lengths runner-up behind Imperial Commander.

Behind in fifth spot, a whopping 24 lengths or so adrift of Denman, was Cooldine, so it clearly takes a giant leap of faith to envisage those placings being reversed.

The bottom line is simple, if the real Denman arrives then there can only be one result and that’s a clear-cut success for Paul Nicholls’ ten-year-old.

But he has developed into a bit an enigmatic character, had a particularly hard race at Prestbury Park, and it will be surprising should Cooldine not at least get a lot nearer to him.

Willie Mullins’ charge ran with the choke out at Cheltenham and was always going to struggle to get home. Hopefully, he will settle better now and make it hot for the invader!

Mullins’ Sivota has a leading chance in the Martinstown Opportunity Series Final Handicap Hurdle.

Having his first outing for Mullins when fourth to Un Hinged over two miles at Fairyhouse, Sivota will surely relish stepping up in trip.

The Grade 3 Madra Irish Dog Food Novice Hurdle is very competitive, with the nod falling on Enda Bolger’s Arabella Boy.

He was given a spin over two miles behind Cousin Vinny at Fairyhouse and will surely strip a lot fitter on this occasion.

Hidden Universe, who performed deplorably at Cheltenham, but was back on track with a smooth success at Limerick subsequently, could provide the answer to the Paddy Power Champion Bumper.

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