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Sunday, 20 January, 2019

Who the top jockeys want to be on at the Punchestown festival

Un De Sceaux: the Ryanair Chase winner returns at Cork on Sunday
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Some horses will be moving like greased lightning at Punchestown this week, and on the eve of the big meeting we asked a handful of jockeys who they want to ride

Bryan Cooper
Un De Sceaux (BoyleSports Champion Chase, Tuesday)
I've ridden against him far too many times for my liking and it would nice to be on top of him, rather than chasing him. He looked as good as ever in the Ryanair at Cheltenham and his jumping was really good. He has a huge engine and he's the one I'd love to get a call-up to ride. It would be some thrill around Punchestown over two miles on him.

Robbie Power
Annie Power (Betdaq Champion Hurdle, Friday)
What a mare she's been. I reckon she's the best mare we've seen since Dawn Run, and if she was to bow out by winning the Champion Hurdle on Friday it would bring the house down. She oozes class and if she's at her brilliant best it would be very hard to see anything beating her. I have some terrific rides this week but to get a go on Annie Power would be class.

Annie Power: has not been seen in action for over a year

Jack Kennedy
Death Duty (Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle, Wednesday)

I won a Grade 1 on him at Naas in January and I'd absolutely love to ride him again. He definitely wasn't right at Cheltenham. That's not the Death Duty I know. He's far better than that and is one of the best horses I've ever ridden. Hopefully he'll get back on the right road at Punchestown, and his work at home has been very good. He's a horse you'll hear a lot more about.

Katie Walsh
Un De Sceaux (BoyleSports Champion Chase, Tuesday)
I don't think there's a jockey in the weighing room who wouldn't love a spin on Un De Sceaux. The thrill of riding proper two-mile chasers is something else. Visually I thought he was the most impressive winner of the whole week at Cheltenham. If I could be guaranteed the same experience Ruby [Walsh] got there, he'd be the one I'd most love to ride this week.

Jamie Codd 
Coneygree (Coral Punchestown Gold Cup, Wednesday)
He's almost a forgotten horse coming into the Punchestown festival having been off for so long, but he's a former Cheltenham Gold Cup winner – and that was achieved as a novice remember. I'd love to be on him to see how he compares to the current crop. He's a super jumper too and would be a terrific spin around Punchestown. I certainly wouldn't say no!

I don't think there is a jockey in the weighing room who would not love a spin on Un De Sceaux
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