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Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Key betting news, going updates and non-runners

Punchestown: it's day three of Irish National Hunt's biggest festival
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After the staying chasers served up a treat for viewers on Wednesday, on Thursday it is the turn of the three-mile hurdlers to dazzle.

Stayers' Hurdle winner Nichols Canyon goes for the Cheltenham-Punchestown double, but is challenged by the JP McManus pincer movement of Unowotimeanharry and Sutton Place, the latter trained by Gordon Elliott. Lil Rockerfeller is also out to avenge his Cheltenham defeat.

Thursday's other Grade 1 is the Ryanair Novice Chase. McManus again holds a strong hand, notably with Great Field who has not been long with Willie Mullins. 

There is also the La Touche Cup, in which last year's runner-up Cantlow is odds on to go one better in a field of eight. He is yet another leading Punchestown hope for JP McManus on Thursday.

Going update

Punchestown Good to yielding (good to firm on cross-country)

Perth Good

Taunton Good to firm, good in places

Beverley Good to firm, good in places

Market Rasen Good, good to soft in places

Chelmsford Standard

Today's key races

Perth 4.10 All New Discovery River Tay Handicap Chase 

Punchestown 4.55 Friends First Cross Country Chase for the La Touche Cup

Punchestown 5.30 Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle

Punchestown 6.40 Ryanair Novice Chase


Taunton 2.55 Spanish Queen

Chelmsford 6.30 Old Fashioned

Chelmsford 8.45 Quandary Peak; Indian Dandy

Key market movers

Punchestown 6.40 Townshend 11-1 (from 33s)

Punchestown 6.40 Ordinary World 8-1 (from 16s)

Punchestown 7.15 Good Thyne Tara 11-2 (from 7-1)

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