Mister Carter can revel in the soft conditions

MISTER CARTER is fancied to land the Grade 3 Juvenile Hurdle at Punchestown this afternoon, should the meeting pass a 7.30am inspection.

A horse who clearly revels in soft ground, his only success on the flat came in such conditions, the selection made a winning start over jumps at Limerick at Christmas. Soon in front, Mister Carter made the rest of the running, surviving a near-disastrous blunder at the last to easily beat Tillahow.

The relatively experienced Fearless Falcon is the form horse, having chased home Sailors Warn in a Grade 2 at Leopardstown.

But he had a hard race that day, only eleven days ago, and the far fresher Tommy Stack-trained Mister Carter can improve past him.

Much of the rest of the programme could develop into something of a Willie Mullins benefit. His Flat Out, fifth behind Menorah in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in March, can make a winning debut over fences in the Euro Punchestown Hospitality Beginners Chase.

The first section of the INH Stallion Owners’ EBF Maiden Hurdle won’t take much winning and is best left to Mullins’ potentially smart recruit from France, Shifa.

Mullins’ Blackstairmountain, who beat Flat Out in a Grade 1 at the Punchestown Festival, is hard to oppose in the Dr Maire O’Connor Memorial Hurdle.

He has been given lots of time to recover from a way below-par effort at Down Royal in early November and has a minimum of 14lbs in hand of all of his rivals.

Samain, second at Fairyhouse in April for Eddie Hales, looks yet another for Mullins in the Bumper.

At Leopardstown tomorrow the progressive Jessies Dream can land the Grade 2 Tote Pick Six Killiney Novice Chase.

He won the Drinmore Chase at Fairyhouse, left clear when Mikael D’Haguenet fell at the last, coping with the subsequent Leopardstown winner, Realt Dubh, to the tune of five lengths.

Tijuana Dancer, beaten four and a half lengths into second by Prima Vista at Leopardstown, holds prospects of reversing the placings, on 15lbs better terms, in the MCR Hurdle.

Philip Rothwell’s Ballyburke can justify Tony McCoy’s visit in the Tote Pick Six @20,000 Guarantee Maiden Hurdle.

Ballyburke should relish this trip, having faded from the last when third to Fully Funded and Gift Of Dgab over two and a half miles at Navan.

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