Boston Bob can land wide-open Champion renewal

Boston Bob is a hopeful choice to land a fascinating and wide-open Grade 1 Champion Chase at Down Royal this afternoon.

Of course, his fitness has to be taken on trust, but you’d would imagine Willie Mullins will have him reasonably straight, for what is a major prize, and the horse does have a history of going well fresh.

The selection finished last season with a real flourish, scoring at Aintree and rounding off his campaign when proving far too good for First Lieutenant at the Punchestown festival.

Paul Nicholls challenges with Rocky Creek and he has to be respected, having produced the performance of his life when fifth to Pineau De Re in the Grand National at Aintree.

Road To Riches, so impressive when running away with the Galway Plate, is entitled to strip the fittest horse in the contest. But he is passed over, having failed to hold the veteran, Sizing Europe, over two and a half miles at Gowran Park last month.

The apparently rejuvenated Don Cossack is the nap choice in the four-runner Grade 2 Powers’ Irish Whiskey Chase.

Don Cossack was a bit disappointing overall last season, but there was plenty to admire in the way he battled when making a winning reappearance at Punchestown and, hopefully, that was not a false dawn!

Tony Martin’s Velvet Maker, a winner on the flat in France, gets the vote in the Tayto Park Maiden Hurdle.

He has been given lots of time to mature, having caught the eye with a cracking start in this country when third to Vautour and Lieutenant Colonel at Navan last December.

Cork houses a decent card tomorrow, with the nap vote falling on Henry de Bromhed’s Sadler’s Risk in the Grade 3 Paddy Power Cash Card Click And Collect EBF Novice Chase. In typical de Bromhead fashion, he has not been rushed, having won in spectacular fashion over fences at Roscommon in May, by 18 lengths.

Mags Mullins’ Martello Tower is the fancy in the Grade 3 Paddy Power Collect Winning Bets In Any Shop EBF Novice Hurdle.

He didn’t look overly happy on the track when beating the smart Badgerfort at Killarney in May and stepping up another half a mile in trip now should work in his favour.

Robert Tyner’s Dushrembrandt should be capable of running a big race in the featured Paddy Power Cork Grand National.

He did well to win over what was probably an inadequate two miles and five at Roscommon and the form got a minor boost when the runner-up, Fever Pitch, went in at Clonmel on Thursday.


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