King of Queens can reign

THE Tom Mullins-trained King Of Queens remains the nap choice to land the Grade 3 Juvenile Hurdle at Punchestown this afternoon, a meeting which has been rescheduled, after it was cancelled due to frost on Saturday.

The gelded son of Dalakhani, successful on the flat for Jim Bolger, is on the upgrade and has every chance of reversing placings with Tharawaat, on their running behind Lethal Weapon at Leopardstown at Christmas.

Tharawaat was beaten a length into second then and had King Of Queens a further length and a half away in third.

The selection was slow over the penultimate flight and could never quite get in a real blow at the principals in the closing stages.

King Of Queens did, however, stay on stoutly in the closing stages and has to be fancied to beat Tharawaat now, on 7lbs better terms.

Tommy Stack’s Perce Rock can prove too strong for Freds Benefit in the opening Go Racing In Kildare Hurdle. A versatile sort, equally at home over fences and flights, he came right back to something approaching his best when cruising to a 12 lengths defeat of Charlie Yardbird at Limerick.

Colm Murphy’s Zaarito is likely to be a tight price for the INH Stallion Owners’ EBF Maiden Hurdle, but is hard enough to oppose.

A triple bumper winner, and third to Cousin Vinny at Cheltenham, he made his seasonal and jumping debut at Navan last month.

The seven-year-old just failed to grab Oscar Looby, going down by a short head, in a contest which, admittedly, hasn’t worked out at all.

Zaarito, though, remains a highly promising talent and can be expected to come on plenty both for the much-needed outing and the experience.

Rare Bob, who has a worrying tendency to produce the odd below-par effort, is fancied to put it together in the April Festival Beginners Chase. Dessie Highes’ charge put up a career-best effort when third to Trafford Lad and Forpadydeplasterer in the Grade 1 Drinmore Chase at Fairyhouse and this represents a major drop in class.

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