More Madness to unfold at Punchestown
WITH Flemenstar a late defector from the John Durkan Memorial at Punchestown on Sunday (1.35), we are left with a virtual match between Willie Mullins pair Sir Des Champs and Arvika Ligeonniere.
Gold Cup runner-up Sir Des Champs is undoubtedly the class act, but he was no match for Flemenstar in this race last year and is unlikely to be seen to maximum effect over 2m4f on his first outing since beating Long Run in the Punchestown Gold Cup in April.
That might give the race-fit Arvika Ligeonniere the edge but, as intriguing as a three-runner race can be, there will be better value punting options elsewhere.
The Terence O’Brien-trained More Madness is worth a bet in the 2m4f handicap hurdle at Punchestown (2.05).
He is up 6lb for his game second over course and distance three weeks ago, but that was a career-best hurdles effort just a month after breaking his chase duck and he looks progressive at the level.