Updated 10.40 - all selections online.
THE BALLYBOYS looked far from done with when parting company with his rider at the final fence in a lady amateurs handicap chase at Fairyhouse last week and the Westerner gelding makes plenty of appeal back over the smaller obstacles in the 3m handicap hurdle at Punchestown.
Ray Hackett’s charge had been in good form in this sphere prior to that recent mishap, chasing home the progressive Fred The Foot at Clonmel in September before going one better with a clear-cut success at Cork a month later.
Admittedly things might well have been different there had Naturally Blonde not departed at the last when leading but it was nevertheless another pleasing effort from the selection and he is just 5lb higher here.
At Cork the frustrating BLAST OF KOEMAN is afforded one more opportunity to land the decent prize he has so often threatened to in the 2m handicap chase.
The locally-trained son of Shantou has won just two of his 21 starts but he has produced any number of good efforts in defeat and this 0-140 contest is a notch below the level he is used to competing at over fences. A reproduction of his neck second to Patricks Park at the Punchestown Festival ought to make him tough to beat, with 7lb claimer Jordan Canavan helping to reduce his burden.
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1pt each-way THE BALLYBOYS (11-1 Ladbrokes, 10-1 Betfred, Coral)
1pt win BLAST OF KOEMAN (4-1 Betfair Sportsbook, Paddy Power, William Hill)
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