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Matt Chapman exclusive: Four top tips to get Punchestown off to a flyer

The first of the season's Classics are at Newmarket this weekend but Punchestown starts on Tuesday and I'm all over it. Yeeehaaa!

by Matt Chapman | April 28, 2014

So no sooner as the jumps season comes to an end in the U – there’s a dramatic end to the campaign in Ireland as we go Punchestown crazy.

I’ll be there for the festival – and I intend to make Paddy pay. You hear me Paddy?

The Grade 1 novice chase  on Tuesday will be a slog and Sun Alliance third MORNING ASSEMBLY (6.40pm) is the one to have on side. He still has huge potential for Pat Fahy and the opposition are much of a muchness.

The Grade 1 Champion Chase is wide open with no Sprinter Sacre or Sire du Grugy in the mix.

Morning Assembly 840

Cyclone warning

Dropping back in trip I fancy HIDDEN CYCLONE’s (5.30pm) consistency might eventually get rewarded. He shouldn’t really be up to winning a race like this – but might just steal the prize as his form is decent.

He was a fine second to Dynaste in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham and to Sire de Grugy at Ascot prior to the Festival. He’s dropped back in trip to 2m but the last time he won over the minimum distance was in Grade 3 at Naas in October 2012.

I like the look of ROCKY WEDNESDAY (4.55pm) at a big price as an eachway wager. He’s an old rogue, but is just the type that could pop up in a race like this and only has 10st to carry in a race where Paddy’s going money back on the second and third-placed finishers.

The bumper is classy and clearly a bit of a guessing game. But I will have a few quid on CALEB COOMBER (6.05pm) in a race where Paddy’s paying four places. He’s trained by the shrewd John Kiely and has Derek O’Connor in the saddle. 

Fly in Jezki’s ointment

Later in the week I see no reason why ON HIS OWN (5.30pm) won’t be bang there in the Gold Cup on Wednesday after his fine second at Cheltenham to Lord Windemere in the Blue Riband. The World Hurdle on Thursday can fall to Willie Mullins’ multiple winner Quevega over the 3m trip and it looks like Annie Power will be aimed at the mares race on Saturday over 2m 2f.  

Finally, in Friday’s Champion Hurdle I am confident HURRICANE FLY (5.30pm) will turn over reigning champion hurdler Jezki and get his revenge.

So enjoy your week and make sure Paddy’s shamrock is a floppy one by the end of it. Yeeehaaa!

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