It’s the final day of the Punchestown festival and, hence, the national hunt season, and Kayf Supreme can send punters out on a high by taking the Palmerstown House Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase.
The seven-year-old was a smart sort in point to points and caught the eye when a fine third behind Zabana in a beginners’ chase on what was just his third time racing inside the rails.
Off an opening mark of 122 he ran a superb race to finish runner-up behind Bearly Legal in a competitive handicap at Leopardstown next time, and then took full advantage of a clear opportunity when landing the odds in effortless style at Thurles on his most recent start.
The form of the beginners’ chase has received numerous boosts, while his recent effort was also seen in a positive light when well-beaten runner-up Kansas City Chief won at Thurles.
Today’s race is tougher than those recent assignments, but Kayf Supreme is an imposing sort and will feel he is racing around riderless with only 10-2 to carry.
However, that featherweight comes in the shape of the burgeoning talents of Grand National-winning rider David Mullins, who can steer Jim Dreaper’s horse to victory in this valuable event.
In the mares’ champion hurdle the exciting Slowmotion can show her older rivals the way home.
The Joseph O’Brien-trained four-year-old built on a promising debut for the stable when running away with a Grade Two at Fairyhouse last time, and it was hard not to be taken by the manner in which she jumped and then galloped clear of her experienced rivals.
While she must concede experience here, she hasn’t too much to find on the book, and is just preferred to Limini.
The latter is the obvious choice on form, following her victory in the mares’ novice hurdle at Cheltenham.
She was a little disappointing at Aintree, where she pulled too hard and finished third behind Buveur D’Air. Arguably, a repeat would be good enough, but there has to be some concern the effects of her travels to both festivals will take their toll. If not, she will go very close.
The action moves to Sligo tomorrow, where the Willie McCreery-trained Erysimum looks the best bet on the seven-race flat programme.
A promising sort last year, when she finished a close fifth behind How High The Moon and then third behind the progressive Mint Chai, she returned this year with a most promising effort in very testing conditions at Cork.
For much of the trip she looked set to make a winning seasonal debut, but the one-mile-half-a-furlong trip may have caught her out.
Back to just under seven furlongs this time and with proven form on heavy ground, she will take beating. Somebodytoldme is feared most.
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