Classy stayers set to do battle in competitive affair at Punchestown
We have reached the halfway point in the Punchestown festival and the action is not letting up. Here are the key things to look out for on the third day of the meeting
Can't Touche this
The banks at Punchestown seem to bring out the best in his runners year in, year out and he saddles Cantlow and Love Rory in the La Touche Cup this time around. The class act in the race is First Lieutenant, a multiple Grade 1-winner, although his last success came at Aintree in 2013.
Let's have 'em Harry
Unowhatimeanharry went into the Cheltenham Festival as one of the bankers of the meeting but was defeated in the Stayers' Hurdle. Nichols Canyon won that day from Lil Rockerfeller and both line up again against Unowhatimeanharry in the Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle (5.30), along with a number of other classy individuals.
Ryanair could be key for Mullins
Willie Mullins needs all the money he can get this week if he is to regain his Irish trainers' title and the Ryanair Novice Chase (6.40) could be a key race.
Should Great Field fail, and he is not the most solid of jumpers, the likes of Ball D'Arc will be poised to pick up the pieces.
An unfamiliar sight
Bolger, trainer of the likes of Teofilo, St Jovite, Finsceal Beo, New Approach, Dawn Approach, Alexander Goldrun and many more, has not had a runner over jumps in Ireland since November 2014.
Ringside Humour has won eight times on the Flat and twice been tried at stakes level. Her presence in this race is most fascinating.