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De Bromhead chaser should be worth 'Risk' at Punchestown

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Trainer Henry de Bromhead. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Trainer Henry de Bromhead. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Trainer Henry de Bromhead. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

It may be approaching June but Punchestown's offering today has the feel of a worthy spring National Hunt fixture.

The Bet In-Play With The Ladbrokes App Steeplechase is an especially classy affair, with regular Graded runner Hidden Cyclone bidding to score a pretty rare win over fences at this late stage of his career. However, preference is for the Henry de Bromhead-trained Sadler's Risk.

The Sadler's Wells-bred last ran at Thurles in a smart hurdle event in March. He was a course scorer last October when beating Lord Scoundrel, form that gives him every chance in today's heat.

The opening maiden chase is a grand opportunity for Blazer, which has been admittedly expensive to support in this sphere. Rated 135, that gives him a 7lb edge in theory over Sadler's Risk's stablemate Our Dougal.

Someday, which was well-fancied before being controversially scratched from the Cheltenham Bumper, was nowhere near his best at the festival at today's venue since. However, he should take the two-mile maiden hurdle, ridden by Danny Mullins who has been riding out at Jessica Harrington's since February.

The penultimate race is another deep heat, with high-calibre chaser Ballyoisin reverting to this discipline. However, he had a heavy fall - again - last time and Mr Antolini may offer some value as an each-way alternative.

Eight Till Late has a touch of class in the handicap chase.

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