We’ve arrived at the time of year when the major trainers are beginning to bring out their autumn and winter horses. Gordon Elliott is running a battalion of 11 at Punchestown on Tuesday which is a massive show of intent. This is a sign that he’s ramping up preparations for his first major target of the season, the two-day meeting at Down Royal next month. Liam Bramall has picked out his four most likely winners and combined them into a massive accumulator. Check out our free tips page for daily content across British and Irish racing.
Bestaline (15-8, Paddy Power) won her sole Flat start in the French Provinces. That victory cam over two miles on soft ground. On that evidence, it’s likely that she’ll want further in time. As a juvenile hurdler for the time being, the trip should be fine. This filly was a €100,000 purchase so connections will be hoping for a positive showing.
Abacadabras (10-11, bet365) finished as if he needed the run on seasonal debut at Galway earlier this month when finishing a tired third. Should be much sharper here as a result and this looks like a good opportunity to boost his confidence. Top drawer on his day and should be winning this.
Cool Survivor (11-4, Paddy Power) shaped as if he’d need a trip in his bumpers, especially over 2m2f here in April last time out. With that in mind, this extended 2m4f trip looks like a sensible starting point. He’s a proper National Hunt bred who should appreciate facing some obstacles on his hurdles debut.
Mollys Mango (5-1, Paddy Power) didn’t come cheap at the cost of €75,000 and one look at her pedigree will tell you why. This four-year-old filly’s dam is a half-sister to World Hurdle-winner More Of That. That pedigree suggests she’ll stay further in the long run but this bumper is a good starting point.
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