The first two days of the Punchestown Festival have been full of shocks. Day three may well be no different with those arriving fresh looking best suited. Previous smart course form here is no bad thing, with these owners boasting a 100% record at Punchestown this season as it heads into the final few days in Ireland.
6.00 Punchestown – Conway Piling Handicap Hurdle
Red Gerry is the horse in question for the Red Gerry Syndicate. The winner of a maiden hurdle here over two miles in September, he followed that up with an eye-catching display to score again at Punchestown, this time in a two and a half mile handicap in October.
The way he travelled that day suggested that he was some way ahead of his mark. He was well suited by the decent pace that comes with a big field contest. Trainer Noel Meade said in the aftermath that he could go further and it’s a step up to three miles that he gets back at his favourite stomping ground on Thursday.
He failed to travel with his usual fluency at Fairyhouse when last in action. Connections seem happy to bring him back out just a few weeks down the line so clearly there was nothing seriously wrong. This new mark is still workable on the best of his flat form and if the return to this course suits him, his syndicate may well be extending their unbeaten run here.
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