Progressive King Of Queens set to rule on revised terms

KING Of Queens can land the nap in the Grade 3 Juvenile Hurdle at Punchestown today, should the meeting pass a 7.30 am inspection.

Tom Mullins’ gelding is on the upgrade and has a real chance of reversing placings with Tharawaat on recent Leopardstown running.

The pair contested a Grade 1, which went to Lethal Weapon. He beat Tharawaat by a length, with King Of Queens a further length and a half away in third.

The selection, however, was none too clever over the second last, before coming home in good style. King Of Queens has to have every chance now on 7lbs more favourable terms.

Tommy Stack’s Perce Rock is a confident choice in the opening Go Racing In Kildare Hurdle. He came back to something approaching his best at Limerick, cruising home 12 lengths clear of Charlie Yardbird.

Zaarito will surely go off at cramped odds in the INH Stallion Owners’ EBF Maiden Hurdle and it is difficult to oppose Colm Murphy’s charge.

A classy bumper horse, he was third to Cousin Vinny at Cheltenham, Zaarito made his seasonal and jumping debut at Navan last month.

He just failed to reel in Oscar Looby, going under by a short head. Truth to tell, that race hasn’t worked out at all, but we can surely expect Zaarito to come on a bundle both for the outing and the experience.

If the enigmatic Rare Bob puts his best foot forward then he will make short work of the opposition in the April Festival Beginners Chase.

The seven-year-old produced the performance of his life in the Grade 1 Drinmore Chase at Fairyhouse, third to Trafford Lad and Forpadydeplasterer, and a repeat of that will be easily good enough.

At Leopardstown tomorrow, where betting opportunities appear thin on the ground, Psycho is the nap choice in the 30-runner Pierse Hurdle.

He has quite clearly been laid out for this, catching the eye when emerging out of the fog when sixth to Pomme Tiepy at Fairyhouse at the end of November.

Tough, rugged handicaps such as this hold no fears for him, having shown he was quite at home in such a competitive test when a somewhat unlucky second to Silver Jaro in the Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Bohemain Lass may not be the most obvious choice, but could offer the solution to the Grade 2 Paddy Fitzpatrick Memorial Novice Chase.

Bill Harney’s mare has to step up on smooth successes gained in moderate heats at Thurles and Clonmel, but just might be capable of doing so.

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