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Roll With The Punches!!

by Josh Powell | April 20, 2010

Bjork. Crap bankers. Geysers. Eidur Gudjohsen. And now, the Eyjafjallajokull volcano.
Not much good has come out of Iceland in recent years. Now, we’re not going to round up a posse and lynch the nearest Icelander (mainly because we’d probably need an aeroplane), but the disruption has annoyed many people. There are people who can’t get to work and other folk are stranded in Barbados €“ oh, the pain [back of hand to forehead].
A bigger disappointment would have been if the likes of Denman or Kalahari King missed the Punchestown Festival (Not named after the fisticuff nature of the locals €“ err…we think).
Most of the principal charges are making the journey across the Irish Sea by boat – and if the Tank is back to his Hennessy form, he’ll probably walk on water to get to Ireland. That’s how good he was that day.
UK punters will also make long arduous journeys to appease their appetite for quality racing. Most that have travelled with Ryanair previously are probably used to long journeys, but it’s getting ridiculous, even by their standards. Anyhoo, despite all the disruption, it’s still going to be a top quality affair.
Punchestown will bring down the curtain on another fabulous National Hunt season, but to be honest we don’t have to regurgitate the load of hyperbole we read on the Punchestown website because, to be honest, it can be summed up in four words €“ eleven grade one races!
After we tipped up Don’t Push It to win the national recently, we’re pretty confident of our selection methods – even if it involves ringing Mystic Meg’s hotline at £10 per minute. Our bet of the week is J’y Vole in the Guinness Gold Cup on Wednesday. He’ll have to overcome the great Denman, but the Willie Mullins 7 year old screams value… or should that be neighs?


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