Willie Mullins with the latest insight on his runners at Punchestown
Invitation Only (1.00)
After falling on his chasing debut, Invitation Only went on to win over this two-and-a-half-mile trip at Navan last month. This will be another step up for him but he's in good order and we know the distance suits him well.
He won by 15 lengths on his debut over fences at Thurles last month. He's going up two furlongs in trip and, while he's in good form, this well be a tougher assignment for him.
Arbre De Vie (1.00)
For all his experience, Arbre De Vie has kept finding a few too good for him in recent outings and we're just hoping he might get a share of the prize-money.
An injury ruled him out from the Cheltenham Festival bumper and it was great to see him come back and win well on his hurdling debut over Saturday's course last month. Although dropping down from two and a half miles to two miles won't be ideal, we think he's progressed nicely since his win.
Carter McKay (2.10)
He was flattered by the 15-length margin when winning his maiden hurdle at Gowran Park – he was left clear at the last when his closest rival fell. The plan had been to run him last weekend but he had a slight hold-up and we had to give him another week. He's a smart horse and we're happy with him, although he would probably prefer a longer trip.
He’s been disappointing since winning his maiden hurdle by a long way at the Listowel festival in September. We're probably going to employ different tactics now and Rachael Blackmore, who rides him at home, gets on well with him.
He won a Goodwood handicap over a mile and a quarter for Richard Hannon in 2016. He hasn't run since September of that year. A good, strong sort, he jumps well at home and we're looking forward to getting him started.
She’s a nicely bred five-year-old by Flemensfirth who makes her debut. She's probably more of a bumper/hurdling type than a chasing prospect, but she's fit and well and should give a good account.