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Pertemps winner Mrs Milner out of the Champion Stayers Hurdle

Mrs Milner (purple): winner of the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham
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Mrs Milner, winner of the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival last month, is a non-runner in the Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle (5.25) at Punchestown.

Trained by Paul Nolan, Mrs Milner had been a 22-1 shot to add the Grade 1 to her resounding success under Bryan Cooper in the Cheltenham handicap but is unable to compete due to a stone bruise.

Embittered is also an absentee from the Ryanair Novice Chase (6.35), leaving three horses to take on odds-on favourite Energumene.


Day three non-runners:

3.40: 16. Cousin Harry
4.15: 14. Or Jaune De Somoza
4.50: 12. Mia's Milan
5.25: 15. Mrs Milner
6.35: 2. Embittered
7.35: 1. Bardenstown Lad


Grand National-winning duo Henry de Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore have yet to get on the board at the Punchestown festival, but day three of the meeting could provide them with that initial success with Raya Time shortening for the 2m handicap chase (4.15).

The trainer and jockey have been the headline makers during the spring festivals in Britain, combining for victories in the Champion Hurdle with Honeysuckle and Grand National with Minella Times. 

Additionally, Blackmore was the first female rider to be top jockey at the Cheltenham Festival and De Bromhead the first trainer to win the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase and Cheltenham Gold Cup at the same meeting.


Punchestown tips: one key runner from each TV race on day three of the festival


Raya Time has been third on his two most recent runs and has been cut to 8-1 (from 10) to score in the second contest at Punchestown on Thursday.

Energumene, who runs in the Grade 1 Ryanair Novice Chase (6.35), and Flooring Porter, in action in the Grade 1 Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle, are solid market leaders for their races at 2-7 and 7-4 respectively.

The going for day three at Punchestown has dried to yielding, good to yielding in places on the chase, hurdles and bumper courses with fresh ground on the hurdles track. The cross country course, where the La Touche Cup will be staged, is good to firm, firm in places.

Action gets underway at 3.40.

Read more on day three at Punchestown:

4.50: Enda Bolger looks to Stand Up And Fight to continue love affair with La Touche

5.25: Flooring Porter out to emulate Anzum by completing Cheltenham-Punchestown double

6.00: Willie Mullins relies on unexposed Capodanno to add to outstanding record

6.35: Energumene ready for take-off as Mullins eyes sixth Ryanair on the trot

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